Mark, Gospel of – chapter 3: 20-35

Crowds now make ordinary life impossible. Reality has been altered; the Kingdom of God, invoked- humanity’s rule, provoked. Meanwhile, the family thinks that [HE] has lost his marbles. (see verse 21)   Possessed, he is, by the Evil One – so says the family – as though Evil could be bold enough to promote peace, love and […]


From the gloom and darkness of Friday’s betrayal a glorious hope has emerged. Even as the certainty of death fills us with dread, the promise of new life – abundant and eternal – greets us with the morning light.   No more shall we be brought to despair. No more the senseless fear of night. […]

Strident certainty…and why it’s wrong.

An innocent lunch – a lovely lunch, with my youngest daughter – interrupted by initial pleasantries following the delivery of a meal to the neighbouring table.  Then, the “recognition”: “Hey aren’t you Reverend…”  A gracious acknowledgment sparks more pleasantries – harmless stuff…and then, the hook.  A brief riff by our table neighbour on ‘the state […]

‘What’s next, Joe?’

The first indication that this child is  special comes, not  from visions granted late-night shepherds, living at the edge of some vast desert fastness, but to a couple: weary, wary of strangers in a town important only as the ancestral family home of Joseph.   The family connection is ancient; unfamiliar people line the streets […]

Meditation on the longest night

  I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one […]

It’s who we are…It’s who I am.

Originally posted on More words; more meaning.:
I am not in the entertainment business.  I do conduct regularly scheduled meetings of people bound together by similar interests.  There is music involved – speaking and listening – there is even an audience participation element (see music).  We follow reasonably strict schedules, I make use of electronic…