All Human Life is Here

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
The truth at the heart of Christianity is that God loves every one of us – every human being alive. And that how we judge our differences – of age or gender or race or sexuality or social status do not matter at all to God.
There is an old saying from the Baptist Church I attended at my youth – the pastor used to say “the ground is level at the foot of the cross.” Meaning that we all stand on the same level – in our encounter with God the poor have the same status as the rich, the uneducated with the educated, the outcast and the respectable…

The Syrophoenician Woman shows Jesus the Way

Mark 7.24-30 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed downContinue reading “The Syrophoenician Woman shows Jesus the Way”

The only Gospel is an Inclusive Gospel

Collect (prayer) of the Day: God of inclusive love, who knows us each by name: we thank you for the woman, who stood out of the crowd and defied her uncleanness to connect with you; we praise you for the leader of the synagogue, who faced the mockery of others to give his daughter hope;Continue reading “The only Gospel is an Inclusive Gospel”

A Place with no Outsiders or Believing the impossible

Isaiah 56:1-8 Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.  Do not let the foreigner joined to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and do not let the eunuch say, “I am just a dryContinue reading “A Place with no Outsiders or Believing the impossible”

The Story of Hagar Genesis 21.8-21

Our first reading this morning is a challenging one; it reveals one of the skeletons in the cupboard of the Judaeo-Christian tradition; but to fully understand the challenge we need a little background information. The story concerns Abraham, Sarah and Hagar.  I was tempted to try and make the story more accessible and arouse yourContinue reading “The Story of Hagar Genesis 21.8-21”