Are You Sitting Uncomfortably?…

I remember as a child entering into a competition held by Radio Four in which people were invited to enter mini-sagas, 50 word stories. Fifty words doesn’t sound like many does it, anyone can come up with fifty words (to give you a sense of scale, the newsletter front page article is usually 4-500 words). … Continue reading Are You Sitting Uncomfortably?…

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Telling Tales

A few weeks ago we went as a family to the Globe to watch Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. It was a magical night, my first time there, and I am determined not my last. Before hand, though, I put a lot of work in to make sure I’d read the script and understood the story so … Continue reading Telling Tales

The Parable of the Incredible Carrot

I spotted an incredible story on the BBC News website this week about a Swedish woman called Lena Paahlsson who found a surprising carrot growing in her garden. I know a little bit about growing carrots, having attempted to grow some myself over the last few years with rather a mixed success. Many remain really … Continue reading The Parable of the Incredible Carrot

Review: How (Not) to Speak of God: Marks of the Emerging Church

How (Not) to Speak of God: Marks of the Emerging Church by Peter Rollins My rating: 4 of 5 stars A thought provoking book. I've quite taken to Peter Rollins recently. I appreciate his ability to tell a great story, to tell old parables in new ways that reveal the original meaning freshly, or even … Continue reading Review: How (Not) to Speak of God: Marks of the Emerging Church

The parable of the talents – a subversive children’s reading

In looking for something for this week’s church newsletter I stumbled across this article by Jonathan Bartley of the Christian Thinktank Ekklesia, which I found quite provocative and got me thinking about a familiar story in a new way. I though it worth sharing. ‘It was a great joy to find myself taking the Sunday … Continue reading The parable of the talents – a subversive children’s reading

The Unrighteous Manager – Luke 16:1-9

“Morning, Slippery Sam’s the name, surviving’s my game! I’m the master of duckin’ and divin’My Boss, he owns all the land around here. Rich as they come he is! You should see how much money he’s got stashed away… I have, I collected most of it for him. That’s my job you see, I’m his … Continue reading The Unrighteous Manager – Luke 16:1-9

Revisiting ‘A Family in Trouble – the Prodigal Son’

After the recent sermon on 'A Family in Trouble - The Prodigal Son' this intriguing comment was posted...I would really like to know what happened next in the story...How did the two brothers get on after this? Were they able to get on OK ? Did the older brother "wake up" to what he'd been … Continue reading Revisiting ‘A Family in Trouble – the Prodigal Son’

A Family in Trouble: the Prodigal Son Revisited (Luke 15:11-23)

What’s the point! Am I bovvered? Do I care? In so many ways the younger son sounds very much like Catherine Tate’s famous adolescent. He certainly doesn’t come across as a pleasant specimen, but let’s try and get into his head and see what’s going on there.For all Jews, life under the Romans was depressing … Continue reading A Family in Trouble: the Prodigal Son Revisited (Luke 15:11-23)

The fruitless Fig Tree – Luke 13 v 1 – 9

Notes from Tim's sermon on the 11.02.07Here is a fairly straight forward story about gardening – if a tree doesn’t perform it has to go! We have a Paulownia tree which is very beautiful but has got too big and if we prune it then it fails to flower – so, sadly, it is going … Continue reading The fruitless Fig Tree – Luke 13 v 1 – 9