Listen! Genesis 37:3-8, 26-34; 50:15-21 Let’s face it, the story of Joseph is one that presents us with a couple of problems. Blatant parental favouritism, God sending visions to a man with an arrogant disregard for the feelings of his brothers or parents; brothers selling their brother into slavery, as a more profitable option than simple patricide.… Read More... Read More

Faded Promise

Genesis 15:1-6 Listen! After all of these things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision. The nature of reading the great stories of the scriptures, especially the big, epic tales of the Old Testament, in public worship is that we inevitably telescope them; we omit big chunks, and focus in on some of the vignettes.… Read More... Read More

The Promise of Creation

Listen! Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8 Today we begin a new series of readings, a series that will take us up to the end of the Church year and the beginning of Advent. The way the Narrative Lectionary works, our Spring sees the focus on a sort of narrative arc through the Old Testament; and for this year, that arc is tied together through the theme, the idea, of promise.… Read More... Read More

(Un)conditional forgiveness

Listen! Isaiah 1:15-18 | Luke 11:2-4 When I was a teenager, in the early days of my Christian faith, I remember hearing the final few words of the Isaiah reading repeated over and again; I’d certainly memorised them, highlighted them in my Bible, written them out on bookmarks – all the things you do to remind yourself of a great theological truth: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.” I remember hanging onto those words through the struggles of adolescence and young adulthood; in all those times when I was all too aware of my personal failings I would remind myself: though my sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow.… Read More... Read More