Tag Archives: John the Baptist

Who do you say I am?

“Who do you think you are?” This used to be an aggressive question designed to take someone who was taking liberties down a peg or two. Nowadays it’s more commonly associated with the television programme of the same name, in which celebrities investigate their family trees to uncover interesting links between their lives and the […]

Following and Learning

I wonder who you follow. Maybe you follow a sports team. Perhaps you follow friends or celebrities on social media. In the world of work there are usually rules or guidelines that we follow. Some of us might work for bosses that we find inspiring, and we’d be happy to say we follow them. For […]

What time is it?

What time is it? What date is it? What century is it? What about the geological epoch? Anyone know? There is some debate about this – the question is, have we left the Holocene and entered the Anthropocene? The debate centres around the question as to whether humanity has had such an impact on the […]

Walk the Way

Last week we were exploring what it means for us to prepare the way of the Lord now. We talked about the importance of believing that Jesus is going to return, of sharing that good news with others, and of being that good news by caring tenderly for others. This week, we’re thinking about another […]

Prepare the Way

In 1996 I spent 6 weeks on placement in the offices of Thameslink 2000. I was an engineering student, and the idea was to gain some experience of a large scale engineering project. According to Wikipedia, “The Thameslink Programme, originally Thameslink 2000, is a £6 billion project in south-east England to upgrade and expand the […]

The Messenger

I’m going to start with a confession this morning. I was rather distracted from thinking about what I was going to say this morning by Youtube videos. In my defence, it all began in a good place – I was doing some research into what the process of refining silver would have looked like in […]

Reviving?

I really struggled this week to work out what I was to say this morning. I really wanted to talk about a particular subject, but the bit of the Bible that we are looking at this morning didn’t seem to say much about it. Let me explain. Last week, Marg spoke about one of the […]

Speaking into Silence

I wonder how you feel about silence. What your story of silence is. Last week, when I went on retreat before my ordination, we spent a fair amount of time in what we called silence. But it wasn’t really. Although we weren’t speaking to each other, there was still the sound of the pipes rattling […]

Dance or Weep?

Is it just me, or is that gospel reading a bit odd. What on earth is going on? Jesus is teaching and some of John’s disciples come and see him to find out if he is the one that John had been waiting for and pointing to. Jesus points out all the signs of the […]

Suspended

Tom is very excited. His dad has been away from home for what seems like forever. But, he is coming home today. All week Tom has been counting down the number of sleeps left before it will be the day that Dad is coming home. At school Tom has been telling his friends about how […]