Jesus was no PR man!

John 13.1-17,31b-35 Jesus Washing Feet When I worked for an aircraft manufacturer they began a campaign, as many companies do, to ensure they have a good image.  They invested in charities anyhow, and paid staff to volunteer with local schools and doubled what staff...

The Cross – A Good Friday Reflection

John 18 & 19 The Passion XII Jesus dies on the cross by Malcolm Guite The dark nails pierce him and the sky turns black We watch him as he labours to draw breath He takes our breath away to give it back, Return it to it’s birth through his slow death. We hear him...

The Gospel in Sound bites?

John 12:20-33 ‘Sir we wish to see Jesus’ The image of Stephen Hawking in his wheel chair and the sound of his robotic voice was in many ways iconic. He reached a level of social consciousness that very few people have ever reached. He was a symbol of the...

John 19:25b-27 ‘Woman, here is your son… Here is your mother.’ At Christmas I was given a book called ‘Born a Crime’. It is by the South African comedian, Trevor Noah, who is now the host of ‘The Daily Show’ – a late night talk and news satire...

Good Feelings

John 2:13-22 Cleansing of the Temple When the children were very small I can remember being asked if they were ‘Good’ – meaning did they sleep through the night and did they refrain from crying. I’m the first to admit, a baby that sleeps through the night is a...

Black Panther and getting real

Mark 8:31-38 Deny Yourself, take up your cross and follow me The easy way out is rarely the right answer. This week I went to the cinema to watch the new Marvel Film – Black Panther. Before it was released it was a significant film for the now vast Marvel film...