Foolishness

Listen! Acts 18:1-4 | 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 I’m fairly sure that at no point in his later life, is Stan likely to get to get into an argument, and boast, as support for his position, that he was baptised by the Rev. Chris Goringe. If he ever does, I suspect he will get blank looks at best, and probably people gently edging away from him.… Read More... Read More

Widow’s Mite

Listen! Mark 12:28-44 Last week, as we read together the dispute that arose around whether it was right for the Jewish people of Jesus’ day to pay taxes to the Roman empire, I suggested that what Jesus did in his famous ‘render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’ was to push back against the tendency to jump too quickly to the details, to become obsessed with the minutia of the law, and to miss the bigger question of what the law was actually for.… Read More... Read More

Taxes

Listen! Mark 12:1-17 Even for Jesus, who must surely have had a reputation for answering every question with a question, for avoiding the traps of those who plotted against him by turning their words back upon themselves, this was a memorable little exchange. Not least because this time, the stakes were so high.… Read More... Read More