The thoughts and experiences of the folk who lead worship in Methodist Churches in Romsey (Test Valley) and the New Forest.

Month January 2020

Encounters on the Way: when God comes to us

In Matthew’s gospel the story of Jesus’ childhood is the only one to include Joseph being warned not to return to Judea because Archelaus was in power there. This was a warning of angelic nature; Archelaus combined cruelty and incompetence… Continue Reading →

Encounters on the way: Flight to Egypt

I’m not sure what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for travellers to Egypt from Judea might have been in about 4 BC; it formed the Roman province of Aegyptus then. There was an ancient highway running near the coast from Gaza… Continue Reading →

Encounters on the way: The magi and the mad king

What we know about the first encounter between the magi and Herod I (or Herod the Great) is described very succinctly in Matthew’s gospel: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from… Continue Reading →

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