\'On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.\' We explore the many gifts of Christmas.
In our Life after Failure series, we look at John Mark, who had let Paul down in Pamphylia and so sowed the seed of conflict between Barnabas and Paul. With that kind of toxic legacy, it's over for Mark. Or is it?
The series of biblical characters who faced life after failure continues with Elijah, who lost all
confidence in the face of Jezebel’s threats, fled, and fell into deep — even suicidal —
depression until he met God on Mount Horeb. We explore God's gentleness with the broken prophet before him, and his fury with injustice.
In our series on Life after Failure, we look at a lesser-known and rather bleak episode in the life of David: his months as a Philistine warlord. Where was God in this sorry and violent episode in David's life?
How do you picture God? We explore what the parable of the rich fool can tell us about God, and about ourselves and our priorities in relation to him. (There is a discontinuity in the audio where the battery pack failed.)
In our Life after Failure series, we tackle Gideon (Judges 6-8). There are a few well-known stories in these chapters, but what we’ll focus on is the way the story finishes. To run a great race for God is one thing. Ending well is quite another. Gideon didn’t quite manage.
The Exodus was the defining event that gave Israel a national identity. They understood God as the One who breaks every chain, and that is still how we understand him today; there is substantial Exodus-imagery in the New Testament and we explore some of that too.
Reflecting on the story of the calling of young Samuel (perhaps 11 years old) we consider the ways in which can open ourselves up to hear God speak: in prayer, in the bible, and in the church community.
\'Neither do I condemn you.\' Jesus meets the woman caught in adultery with a grace she didn't deserve (none of us does). \'Now go, and leave your life of sin.\' We often feel like we need to choose between grace and holiness, but for Jesus there never is any tension between the two. He sets us free, free to start afresh for his glory.