Yearly Archives: 2018

Third Sunday of Easter

The Gospel reading appointed for this week is Luke’s account of Jesus’ appearance to his disciples in the upper room.  Luke includes the detail of the disciples actually touching Jesus and then Jesus eating with them.  What is the significance of this?  Perhaps there was a heresy circulating in the early church that Jesus had […]

Second Sunday of Easter

Have you ever considered how debilitating intense fear is?  Our brain responds to this type of fear in one of two ways: fight or flight.  That is, attack or run away.  Once this part of the ‘reptilian’ brain ‘takes over’, all higher order functions of the brain close down and we cannot show love, compassion […]

Easter

  I wonder what we are most passionate about.  Who, or what, is it that fires our desire and devotion?  On the very first Easter morning, there could be no doubt about the answer to this question for Mary when she was at the tomb.  Her obsession that morning was with Jesus’ dead body and […]

Sixth Sunday in Lent – Palm Sunday

The world is riddled with injustice.  On an international level, rich countries throw away the same amount of food that would feed the entire population of poor countries where there is starvation.  Billions of pounds are spent on cosmetic surgery while millions of people die from not having clean water.  War rages in countries using […]

Fifth Sunday in Lent

A work colleague in the Middle East said to me earlier on this week that as he travels the world and meets new people, he has reached the conclusion that all people from all nations are basically good.  Is he right?  It is very tempting to sometimes think that.  Does the devil want us to […]

Fourth Sunday in Lent

It was John Newton, the famous 18th century hymn writer, who once said that he remembered only two things: firstly, that he is a great sinner and, secondly, that Christ is a great saviour.  It is precisely this tension that lies at the heart of the Christian faith.  Only when we realise our own sinfulness […]

Third Sunday in Lent

As Christians, is it ever right to be angry?  Is it ever right to show hatred?  In truth, most Christians shy away from these character traits. Perhaps, as children, we have been overly influenced by Sunday school messages of ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’.  In our churches, we emphasise love, forgiveness and ‘turning the other […]

Second Sunday in Lent

The Bible passage for this week, the week beginning 25th February, is the story of Jesus explaining about his need to suffer and be put to death.  Peter then takes Jesus aside and reprimands him for saying such things.  Peter, Jesus’ great friend, then receives a stinging rebuke from Jesus for wanting to protect Jesus […]

First Sunday in Lent

This week, beginning 18th February, marks the beginning of Lent.  The Bible passage is the account in Mark’s Gospel of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.  In our world, we generally regard temptation as a bad thing.  Temptation is viewed as something that Satan uses to make us stumble and fall before we become wracked with […]

Transfiguration Sunday (last before Lent)

The Bible passage this week, the week beginning 11th February, is the account in Mark’s Gospel of the transfiguration. Jesus was at a pivotal point in his ministry.  He was just about to set out to Jerusalem and to the cross.  What does he do?  He turns to his Heavenly Father to get his endorsement.  […]

DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING COURSE

at Emmanuel Church

Next session:

Training planned for the Summer of 2018 following the end of the School of Theology lectures

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations”
Matthew 28:19

 

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