On Sunday this week we were thinking about maintaining a good life/work balance. I was looking after my 15 month-old son and he was absolutely determined to get out of the church and into the sunshine so I couldn’t stay and listen to the sermon, but what I did hear was enough. The preacher sharedContinue reading “Pearl of great price”
10 I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take holdContinue reading “Pressing On”
The body is placed in the tomb By grieving men who risk Their reputations Wracked with sobs they Wordlessly wrap The limp figure in cloths Blood soaks through With each layer of linen The stain becomes smaller Their pain veiled With one last glance They seal the entrance Hands laden with spice Death isContinue reading “Irresistible”
Wood and earth Blood and dust The place of meeting Where people kneel Where sin is left Where grace overcomes Where the healing stream begins Where eternity touches temporary The hidden place To which all people are drawn To grasp the wood To kiss the feet To look up to the face of oneContinue reading “The Foot of the Cross”
Jesus calls us to come and die. What does that even mean?
I just finished listening to a podcast by Rob Bell called ‘You and your bags of gold.’ It was based on the parable of the bags of gold (sometimes known as parable of the talents) in Matthew 25:14-30. I’ve always found this parable a little daunting. This might sound weird, but I’m someone to whomContinue reading “Extravagant Grace”
Years ago, perhaps Easter 2004, I was walking along the pavement of a leafy suburb of Birmingham near my University. I had just spent a week at Easter People, a Christian conference, so I had been spending a lot of time in worship and soaking in God’s presence. I suppose this means that I wasContinue reading “A walk with Jesus”
I’m having a few strange days. My head doesn’t want to settle down and focus on one thing at all. I sit down to journal and find that I need to move on and do something else. I want to write a blog post but can’t swing my mind round to give it some attention. Continue reading “Distraction”