Tonight we reflected as a group upon two texts: Psalm 29, which describes God revelling in thunder, lightning and general weather havoc vs Jesus stilling the storm (Luke 8:22-25). What follows are some highlights of the conversation, in which we came to the surprising conclusion that perhaps even the weather has free will! What do you think? Continue reading “Group reflection: Does the weather have free will?”
#21: Guard against greed: #40ways40days
Jesus said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ (Luke 12:15)
A few years ago, I encountered the Marie Kondo method of tidying up. You take every single item that you have in your house, and you hold it closely, and you ask yourself, ‘Does this spark joy?’ If it doesn’t, you thank it for its service, and you get rid of it. The problem is that almost every item does spark joy: it triggers a memory, or it reminds me of someone I love. Continue reading “#21: Guard against greed: #40ways40days”
2 Samuel | Nothing to be embarrassed about
Tonight we reflect on a story from the second scroll of Samuel, when King David dances ecstatically in the street in a holy apron. He is heading up a procession of priests and soldiers and musicians, bringing the Ark of the Covenant into the city. It’s like Mardi Gras; but when his wife sees him, she is filled with scorn … Continue reading “2 Samuel | Nothing to be embarrassed about”
2 Samuel | News Flash: King David: An undercover exposé!
Rumours abound that King David has been seen dancing in the raciest fashion. Shocked eyewitness reports describe the royal behind flashing in the sun. It is alleged that the King, heralding the arrival of the Chest of God to his city, danced ecstatically at the head of a carnival procession of musicians and soldiers, girded only in a priestly apron. He had the whole country on his side — with one exception. Continue reading “2 Samuel | News Flash: King David: An undercover exposé!”