Second Sunday in Epiphany

Do we speak the truth when there are great dangers involved?  Th Bible reading this week is the account of the arrest of John the Baptist for criticising the marriage of Herod Antipas to Herodias, his brother’s wife.  Herod Antipas was the son of Herod the Great.  Herod the Great had many wives and many children (some of whom he ordered to be killed!).  The royal dynasty was therefore large and highly inter-related.  Not only was Herodias, Herod Antipas’s sister in law, but she was also his niece.  The whole set-up was abhorrent to the Jews.  Nonetheless, to speak out against a tyrant like Herod Antipas was almost certain to risk imprisonment, or worse.  Yet John the Baptist spoke out against Herod Antipas, and he was imprisoned for it and ultimately beheaded.  Do we speak the truth when dangers are involved?  Throughout history many brave men and women have been punished, exiled or even killed for speaking the truth.  Jesus, Himself, was crucified for it.  Yet the reality is that you cannot banish, kill or crucify the truth.  Plato once said that the wise man would always choose to suffer wrong than to do wrong.  What about us?  Would we rather be remembered as someone like John the Baptist, or someone like Herod Antipas?

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Training planned for 2018/19 to dovetail with Church Vision of “Growing in Discipleship”

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

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Sharing your Faith

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Booklet on Sharing Faith

Discerning your Gifts

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What are my gifts and how can I best serve

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