Esther 7.1-6; 9.20-22: Esther convinces the king to protect the Jews, names Haman as their aggressor; Haman is hanged on the gallows meant for Mordecai, and Mordecai tells the Jews to celebrate their day of victory over their enemies every year – the Feast of Purim1.James 5.12-20: More on how to live with integrity – … More A thrilling story, living as who we are, and the fact that we should really pray.
Proverbs 31.10-31: All the things a good wife is – hardworking, industrious, strong, kind, clothing her family richly. She should be praised and given a share in the work of her hands. James 3.1-12: the power of words, a small fire that can set alight a forest. Mark 9.30-37: Jesus foretells his death and resurrection, but the … More Status, how to human, and using our words.
Proverbs 1.20-33: Wisdom cries out in the streets for people to follow her and listen to her counsel1.James 2.18-26: James talks about the importance of putting faith into action; faith without works is dead. Mark 8.27-38: Jesus asks the disciples who they say he is; Peter responds that he is the Messiah but then can’t understand … More The Messiah, faith in action, and the real crosses we bear
Proverbs 22.1-2, 8-9, 22-23: understanding that the rich and the poor are both made by God; warning against crushing the poor. James 2.1-10, 14-17: a warning against treating people differently based on their wealth and status. Mark 7.24-37: Jesus refuses to heal the daughter of the Syrophonecian woman, but then she uses his own arguments to convince … More A difficult reading, demanding things of God, and temptation to ignore the gospel
Song of Songs 2.8-13: The beloved invites the singer into the hope and beauty of springtime.James 1.17-27: The author focuses on living well, giving and refraining from anger, being doers of the word and not merely hearers. Mark 7.1-8, 14-23: The Pharisees question Jesus about his disciples not obeying purity laws over God’s laws; Jesus teaches … More A difficult question, living our faith, and the coming of springtime
1 Kings 8.22-30, 41-43: King Solomon prays and praises God, who cannot be contained by even the highest heaven.Ephesians 6.10-20: Paul urges the Ephesians to be strong, and to put on the armour of God, and to keep praying. John 6.56-59: Some of Jesus’ followers leave because they don’t like the difficulty of his teaching; Jesus … More Prayer, the things we learn, and what to do when it all gets difficult
1 Kings 2.10-12, 3.3-14: King David dies after a forty-year reign; Solomon becomes king and, at God’s invitation, asks for wisdom to govern right from wrong. God is so pleased at this selflessness that Solomon is also granted all the good things he didn’t ask for. Ephesians 5.11-21: More about how to live well, living as … More Living well, the bread of life, and just keep singing
2 Samuel 18.5-9, 14, 31-33: David’s son Absalom has raised a rebellion against David; David orders his commanders to be gentle but Absalom is left hanging by his hair in the branches of an oak tree, and despite David’s orders he is killed by one of the commanders. Ephesians 4.25-5.2: How to live well with each … More Lockdown 2.0, the self-giving love of God, and a completely re-written blog
2 Samuel 11.26-12.13a: David takes Bathsheba as his wife and Nathan calls him on his poor behaviour. Ephesians 4.1-16: Paul urges the Ephesians to live a life worthy of their calling, and reflects on the unity found in Christ.John 6.24–35: Jesus critiques the crowds who are interested in him only because they were fed, but then … More Bread, nourishment, and what we do with our rehearsal time
2 Samuel 11.1-15: David sees Bathsheba, summons her, and makes her pregnant. He tries to trick her husband Uriah into thinking that the baby is his, and when that fails he orchestrates Uriah’s death in battle. Ephesians 3.14-21: Paul prays for the Ephesians, that they grasp the bredth and width and height of the love in … More A storm, a really unpleasant story, and the love in which we dwell