Vulnerable Baking

Mark 9:30-37 Arguing over who is greatest One evening each weekend, time permitting, we have taken to having dinner together watching the Great British Bake Off. It’s good fun competition, looking to see who will get a handshake from Paul Hollywood, who will make an...

Should the Church be Political?

Mark 8:27-38 Who do you say that I am? As a child I used to sail and race small sailing boats. With small boats you have to become one with the boat. In low-wind, for example, even the smallest movement slowed you down. But if you get yourself in the right spot, you...

Rhythms and Drumbeats

Mark 6:30-45, 53-56 Jesus takes the Apostles away to rest One of my 6 month placements in industry was in equipment procurement. At the time were building the first test aircraft and then the first customer aircraft. The job I had was effectively to try to get the...

Pre-conditioning – Dedication Feast

Mark 6:14-29 The Beheading of John the Baptist Television can be rather surreal – and can condition us to expect what we wouldn’t expect in real life. I remember watching the first series of Lost. The concept was that an airplane crash lands on a deserted jungle...

I’m only Human – Shake it Off

Mark 6:1-13 Jesus sends out the disciples two by two I sometimes find it very easy to beat myself up over little mistakes. Or when things just don’t quite go my way. I don’t think I’m alone – I hope I’m not alone. It’s those times when for some reason we were...

Desire, healing and baptism

Mark 5:21-43 Jairus’ Daughter and the Woman who touched Jesus clothes Growing up in Canada, as a teenager I had a paper route. It was the classic North American thing. The papers were dropped off around the corner each day and my friend and I would take turns...