Mark 10:46-52 tells the story of the healing of Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar. It is a remarkable story, not so much because Jesus heals him but because the gospel names him. Most of Jesus healings are of anonymous people – a paralytic, a leper, a widow’s son. Few are named. There is Lazarus, whom […]
My desire is to draw close to God today and every day, to allow God’s presence not only to fill me but to motivate and inspire me so that I enter this day and every day with God’s desires imprinted on my heart. May this be your prayer too.
Jesus the servant of all. It is not a popular image. Like the disciples who argued about who was the greatest we prefer to think about sitting next to Jesus on his throne rather than washing feet or touching lepers. Yet Jesus says Whoever wants to be first must be last, and whoever wants to be the […]
Today’s prayer is taken from one of our new set of prayer cards. I have been using it each morning over the last week as my focus for meditation. On the back of this card is a short reflection: An old story tells of a Godly monk who asked his student: How do you know when […]
I have always been fascinated by how Christians perceive Jesus and love to chat to people from different theological and cultural backgrounds to explore this. I also love to collect images of Jesus from other cultures and have included some of my favourites in this post. It is interesting to me that early Christians (and […]
Advent and Christmas are coming. Many of us have already turned our thoughts to how we will celebrate the season. Once again I will host a series for Advent and Christmas on this blog, this year with the title: Come to the Manger Who Will You Invite? What on earth am I planning some of you may ask? […]
Today’s post is the first guest post in the series Hospitality and the Kingdom of God. Lynne M. Baab (www.lynnebaab.com) is the author of numerous books on Christian spiritual practices. This article is excerpted from her 2012 book, Joy Together: Spiritual Practices for Your Congregation, which has a chapter illustrating numerous ways congregations can engage in […]
I posted this prayer on Facebook this morning. It was so popular that I decided to add a photo and post it again here. enjoy!
Today on the liturgical calendar, is the day we celebrate the circumcision of Christ. Since our cultures are more squeamish than were those of our ancestors, modern calendars usually list it as the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Just like every Jewish boy, Jesus as circumcised and formally named on the eighth […]
I am currently rereading E Stanely Jones‘ The Way. It is one of my favourite devotionals and I find myself coming back to it time and time again. This week I am working through a section where Jones talks about Jesus as being greater than the Bible, greater than the Ten Commandments, greater than the Creeds, and […]