The faith of outsiders

  This week’s Gospel story presents us with yet another picture of faith in action.   In the stories Mark tells, so often it’s not the insiders, the disciples, who demonstrate faith, it’s outsiders who come to Jesus. So often in Mark’s telling of the Gospel story, the disciples, the insiders miss the point, don’t get …

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God in the boat

Today we have one of those very familiar Gospel stories.  On the surface it’s a miracle story: Jesus reveals his power as he calms the wind and the sea.   Just minutes before, the disciples had been in the most terrible storm of their lives. They were terrified. They were baling water, wrestling the wind-whipped sails, …

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Our Ordinary Days

At this point in the church’s year, we’ve come through festival after festival, celebration after celebration; Christmas and Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday, all big occasions.  Now we’ve entered that strange animal in the church calendar called Ordinary Time.  We have a long stretch of time ahead of us, when we just go …

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Sabbath Rest

Why do we bother going to Church on Sunday, when the rest of the world is simply pulling the doona over their head and catching some more sleep? I’m not sure what your own personal reasons are for Sunday church-going, but in Scripture it goes right back to the book of Genesis, when God rested from …

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Trinity

Last Saturday, like many of us, and whatever our opinions about British royalty I was captivated by the spectacle of the Royal Wedding.  It had it all:  colour and style, fancy hats, celebrities, pomp and great music. With the rest of the world, I was blown away by Bishop Michael Curry’s passionate sermon, where billions of …

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Pentecost

Today we celebrate the great festival of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church when the Holy Spirit inspired the apostles to break out of their locked room and share the good news that Jesus the Christ was risen, with the world.  Pentecost was this mega-epiphany moment where all the light switches were turned on for …

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Presence and Absence

Last Thursday we marked Ascension Day, the day when the resurrected Jesus physically left this earth to return to God.   The disciples had just been getting used to the fact that Jesus wasn’t dead – he was alive, when once again he was taken from them, and they had to deal with his absence.  How …

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You are my friends

One of the features of the post Easter stories we’re presented with in this season, is Jesus’ love and care for his friends the disciples, as he prays for them in his last days.  He prays that they will know true peace.  He prays that they might love one another.  In today’s Gospel he prays …

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