Author Archives: Steve Green

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A few years ago, I took part in a fast organised by Tearfund.  Over a period of one week, I lived off only a small amount of rice and oats in line with the same amount that a person from an economically poor family in Chad would have.  Each night I remember being drained of […]

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

How quick are we to judge by outward appearance?  When we receive a message, do we first look at the messenger before responding?  Are we swayed by their manner and even background?  In the Bible reading for this week, this was precisely what the Jews did with the message they received from Jesus.  “Is this […]

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Perhaps most people in our society believe that Christianity is about doing good works.  Certainly, this was the belief about God in Jesus’ time.  The Jews held that by living a good and moral life they could earn the favour of God.  Hence, in the Bible reading assigned to this week, for example, the people […]

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

How often do we meet God in our own workplace?  In the Bible reading assigned to this week we have John’s account of Jesus walking on the water to come and meet John and his colleagues in their fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee.  What actually happened that night?  After the feeding of the […]

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

The Bible reading for this week is the account in Mark’s Gospel of the feeding of the five thousand.  This miracle had a profound impact on the disciples as it is the only one in which there is mention in all four Gospels.  The Gospel records that the people sat on the ‘green grass’.  Peter, […]

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

I wonder if we ever make rash promises or rash oaths.  Certainly, Jesus warned against this by saying do not swear by anything but, rather, let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’.  In the book of Judges, Jephthah made a rash promise with fatal consequences for his daughter.  In the book of […]

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

The Gospel reading for this week is Mark’s account of Jesus sending out the twelve disciples with instructions for mission.  Can we draw any parallels between then and now?  Is there anything we can learn from Jesus’ words then, about how we carry out mission today?  I think we can and we should.  Jesus fully […]

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

The Bible reading for this week is the account of Jesus stopping to heal a woman with haemorrhaging whilst he was on his way to attend to Jairus’ daughter.  A twelve year old is dying and yet Jesus stops to talk to a woman who has been bleeding for 12 years.  Why?  Once again, we […]

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

The Bible reading for this week is the familiar story of Jesus calming the storm on the Lake of Galilee.  It is interesting that the words Jesus uses to calm the storm are the same as the words he uses to drive out demons.  With the fall of creation, weather systems were also affected. The […]

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

The ‘Kingdom of God’ is mentioned no fewer than 126 times in the Gospels.  It was one of Jesus’ central themes – perhaps the most vital.  What does it mean?  In the Bible reading for this week, we get a further glimpse.  In the parable of the mustard seed, we learn that the Kingdom of […]