This Sermon is famous but often misunderstood: What is this sermon for? Especially the beatitudes. It is not an entrance requirement for the kingdom of heaven, a citizenship test where you prove yourself worthy of the Kingdom or you qualify by your effort and achievement. Might I suggest why this is not so?
Did you hear the story of the preacher and the prostitute? That’s a shocking story for Sunday mornings, perhaps something for the Sunday papers. A real scandal, but it’s been in your Bible for years.
But it’s not even the first scandal in this story as Luke tells it. The first scandal is about […]
Imagine a new curate preaching and within weeks, some of the senior clergy are coming to hear him, not only locally, but from Dublin, Belfast and Armagh. Making a point of hearing him. What would you conclude – either this chap is totally brilliant, or he is being investigated for some reason.
We have religious […]
Think of your favourite book, film or TV programme. Imagine someone asked you, “what is it all about?” How would you answer in one or two sentences?
What about the Bible, the Old Testament (OT) in particular? Noah, Abraham, Moses, David – all these stories, but what is the big story? How do you get […]
There’s nothing like a scandal to sell a newspaper. A scandal involving sex would do it, a scandal involving religion also. And what about a scandal involving royalty? An editor would love it. What about all three together? A once in a lifetime opportunity!
Mark chapter 6 is about missed opportunities. The people of Nazareth […]
What words would describe your experience in church? Amazed and scandalised mightn’t be the words that would readily come to mind. It describes the experience of those who heard Jesus in their service the day he came back to his home town to preach. (v.2)
The amazement of the people
“Where did this […]