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...

Gotta have faith

Mark 4:35-41 Jesus calming the storm As a teenager I shovelled snow for my neighbours. It made a bit of money and helped my neighbours who couldn’t shovel it for themselves. One of the neighbours I shovelled for was particularly demanding – the drive and walk...