Tag Archives: Kingdom of God

Investing in the Kingdom

Ethical investment has been quite a big thing for the Church of England. The church’s financial managers do quite a lot of work to ensure that the investments made by the church are in line with the moral and ethical values of the Bible, and occasionally are embarrassed by press reports that they’ve missed one. […]

Ready or not, here I come

Does anybody know what this is? It is a tuit. Does anybody know what kind of tuit this is? It is a round tuit. This is the perfect Christmas gift for your husband, wife, son or daughter, anybody really who is always saying that they’ll do things when they get a round tuit. When we […]

Start From Who You Are

I wonder if you’ve got a hero? Someone you look up to, someone you wish you were more like, someone who inspires you. This week the Catholic church recognised the great work of Mother Theresa of Calcutta, her love and humility, her care for the poor, her inspiration in reaching out to the least and […]

Why is there evil in the world?

Do you ever watch the news and wonder what on earth is going on? The war in Syria has been going on for over three years now. The Israelis and Palestinians are bombing each other. Over 600 people arrested for viewing child pornography. People we know having affairs and breaking up families, bullies in the […]

Being Great

Does anybody here like Talent Shows? I wonder which your favourite one is: Strictly Come Dancing? X-Factor? Great British Bake-Off? In the best traditions of the format, lets have a vote. Who votes for Strictly? X-factor? GBBO? What about the Olympics and Paralympics? Did anybody watch those this summer? Did anybody go to any events? […]

Greater Things

I wonder if you might take a journey with me in your imagination. Imagine that you are one of Jesus’ first followers. Maybe you’re Mary, always ready to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen. Maybe you’re Peter, a bit rough and ready, impulsive sometimes. Perhaps you’re more like Matthew, a civil servant, well educated and […]

Sheer foolishness

What do you find embarrassing? Do you have any really embarrassing memories? How do you cope with embarrassment? Does it make a difference for you if it’s you being embarrassed or somebody else? I have to say that I cope very badly with embarrassment. I hate things going wrong, and I get annoyed and angry. […]

God works everything out?

Our reading from Ephesians this morning jumps right into the middle of this letter’s opening paragraph, a hymn of praise to God.   In this praise we find an important truth about God. “He works everything out in conformity with the purpose of his will.”   I find this to be quite a difficult thing to understand.  […]

What King do you see?

Today is the feast day of Christ the King. I wonder what kind of picture comes into our heads when we hear the word, “King”. I wonder how we react to the idea of someone being King over us? What does it mean to have a King? These questions are difficult enough when we’re thinking […]

How much is enough?

He ran up to Jesus. He knelt. He must have thought a lot of Jesus. He knelt in the road. He must have heard and been impressed by Jesus’ teaching. He knelt in the road, in the dust. How highly must he have rated Jesus. Have you ever run up to someone and knelt in […]