Sin, Judgement, and the end of time

As we approach Advent we begin to turn our thoughts to the end of time, to our death, and to a time when we will stand in the presence of God. We consider particularly themes to do with judgement and therefore to do with sin. And we have it seems to me a very narrow view of both.

The servant of the Lord

These are Scriptures: the Scriptures given by God preserved by blood, pain, past and present martyrdom. Without it we the church have no story and no song -and without a story and a song we have no certain future.

For a camel to go through the eye of a needle?

Jesus in his words to the rich man is promoting the fact that wealth is to be shared. None of us has a right to anything. Everything we have is a gift, given by a God who provides for us generously but also makes us responsible for looking after each other.

Inclusive church: however we get there: it's a necessary thing

How do we root out the things which put stumbling blocks in the way of those who would come to know Jesus? What will it take to ensure that all who are vulnerable and powerless, or who are 'other' in their illness or distress will find this sanctuary a place of truthful welcome?

Living without judgement for the other?

Both our New Testament and Gospel readings for today address a key aspect of our calling as Christian disciples: What is to be our attitude to the ‘other’? To the person who is different, or even, as we see it, disadvantaged?

Get Behind me Satan

Get behind me Satan it's a good line isn't it. Get behind me Satan. When I've used it or heard it used it's almost always been in jest - used to playfully rebuke a temptation of some kind or other. It's such a great phrase.