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When Jesus Is Passing By

When Jesus Is Passing By

October 24, 2021

Read Mark 10.46-52

Pentecost +22B

As believers in Jesus, we love this story. It is such a lovely warm story that shows the loving care of Jesus toward a man in desperate need. Here’s an interesting fact. This is the only person healed by Jesus recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, who is actually named — Bartimaeus. It’s as though by the time Mark wrote this gospel, this man had become one of the well-known members of the early church. Maybe Bartimaeus never got tired of telling his story, and he never forgot that day when he first saw Jesus. And so here we have this true story of Bartimaeus, a person who responded well to the fact that Jesus was passing by.

Who Will You Service?

Who Will You Service?

October 17, 2021

Read Mark 10.32-52

Pentecost +21B

That’s the big question in our gospel text today, Who will you serve? I don’t know if you got a prickly feeling when you heard those words, or you just glossed over them, not noticing how much the words in the question run against your grain. Either way, I’ll ask the question again: who will you serve?

As a culture and as a species, we tend to prize freedom. We tend to prize accomplishment and autonomy, and self-determination and the list could go on.

This is why, if we slow down and take the question seriously, we will recognise how much it grates against our deeply held beliefs and our culturally formed sensibilities.

Yet perhaps one of the most dangerous misconceptions of our culture is that we are, indeed, free. We are autonomous beings who can live independent of all bonds of loyalty, devotion, and service.

”You Lack One Thing”

”You Lack One Thing”

October 10, 2021

Read Mark 10.17-31

Pentecost +20B

"Lack" takes on many forms in our life. This story asks us to ponder how we might complete the sentence, "I lack ....................." All of us have at least one thing we lack, and that needs to be figured out, but the issue of lack takes on a particular meaning in this story; it is that which prevents you from a full expression of faith. What is the one thing at the core of who you are that keeps you from being the follower, the disciple, the believer, the witness that God wants and needs you to be?

Communities of the Broken and Blessed

Communities of the Broken and Blessed

October 3, 2021

Read Genesis 2.18-24; Mark 10.2-16

Pentecost +19B

This passage is often listed among the “hard sayings” of Jesus, but “painful,” “distressing,” or “agonising” would be more like it because each time this passage is read and heard in a congregation, many of us cringe. We cringe feeling assaulted by it directly, or we start worrying that others are being assaulted.

Provocateur | Part Six

Provocateur | Part Six

October 1, 2021

Provocateur — The Parables of Jesus

Bridesmaids

Read Matthew 25.1-13

We all have stories. Stories help us make sense of who we are and the world we live in. They shape our culture. They shape our relationships. They shape our decisions. They shape us.
Jesus is the most famous storyteller who ever lived. Throughout His ministry, he taught with thought-provoking ‘parables’ — stories coloured with provocation, humour, intriguing characters, twists and turns — where His story is our story, and our story is found within His story.
So, let's unpack Jesus' parables of sadness, joy, death, life, darkness, light, hell, heaven, abandonment, acceptance, repentance, and grace.

Provocateur | Part Five

Provocateur | Part Five

October 1, 2021

Provocateur — The Parables of Jesus

Dives & Lazarus

Read Luke 16.19-31

We all have stories. Stories help us make sense of who we are and the world we live in. They shape our culture. They shape our relationships. They shape our decisions. They shape us.
Jesus is the most famous storyteller who ever lived. Throughout His ministry, he taught with thought-provoking ‘parables’ — stories coloured with provocation, humour, intriguing characters, twists and turns — where His story is our story, and our story is found within His story.
So, let's unpack Jesus' parables of sadness, joy, death, life, darkness, light, hell, heaven, abandonment, acceptance, repentance, and grace.

Provocateur | Part Four

Provocateur | Part Four

October 1, 2021

Provocateur — The Parables of Jesus

Brothers

Read Luke 11.11-32

We all have stories. Stories help us make sense of who we are and the world we live in. They shape our culture. They shape our relationships. They shape our decisions. They shape us.
Jesus is the most famous storyteller who ever lived. Throughout His ministry, he taught with thought-provoking ‘parables’ — stories coloured with provocation, humour, intriguing characters, twists and turns — where His story is our story, and our story is found within His story.
So, let's unpack Jesus' parables of sadness, joy, death, life, darkness, light, hell, heaven, abandonment, acceptance, repentance, and grace.

Provocateur | Part Three

Provocateur | Part Three

October 1, 2021

Provocateur — The Parables of Jesus

A Certain Rich Man

Read Luke 12.13-21

We all have stories. Stories help us make sense of who we are and the world we live in. They shape our culture. They shape our relationships. They shape our decisions. They shape us.
Jesus is the most famous storyteller who ever lived. Throughout His ministry, he taught with thought-provoking ‘parables’ — stories coloured with provocation, humour, intriguing characters, twists and turns — where His story is our story, and our story is found within His story.
So, let's unpack Jesus' parables of sadness, joy, death, life, darkness, light, hell, heaven, abandonment, acceptance, repentance, and grace.

Provocateur | Part Two

Provocateur | Part Two

October 1, 2021

Provocateur — The Parables of Jesus

Midnight

Read Luke 11.5-13

We all have stories. Stories help us make sense of who we are and the world we live in. They shape our culture. They shape our relationships. They shape our decisions. They shape us.
Jesus is the most famous storyteller who ever lived. Throughout His ministry, he taught with thought-provoking ‘parables’ — stories coloured with provocation, humour, intriguing characters, twists and turns — where His story is our story, and our story is found within His story.
So, let's unpack Jesus' parables of sadness, joy, death, life, darkness, light, hell, heaven, abandonment, acceptance, repentance, and grace.

Provocateur | Part One

Provocateur | Part One

October 1, 2021

Provocateur — The Parables of Jesus

The Good Samaritan

Read Luke 10.30-37

We all have stories. Stories help us make sense of who we are and the world we live in. They shape our culture. They shape our relationships. They shape our decisions. They shape us.
Jesus is the most famous storyteller who ever lived. Throughout His ministry, he taught with thought-provoking ‘parables’ — stories coloured with provocation, humour, intriguing characters, twists and turns — where His story is our story, and our story is found within His story.
So, let's unpack Jesus' parables of sadness, joy, death, life, darkness, light, hell, heaven, abandonment, acceptance, repentance, and grace.

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