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

Category The Historical Jesus

What kind of water?

Living water – enabling eternal life In John’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples travel from Jerusalem towards Galilee through Samaria. Technically they didn’t need to – they could have gone up the Jordan Valley but John often uses this imperative as… Continue Reading →

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 →

Bridging divides

When we were on holiday last month, I was looking through the social media stuff and read something like: what most divides Christians is the way they read the Bible This rather worried me: sometimes we Christians can be very… Continue Reading →

That Temple Moment

Simeon took [Jesus] in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,     you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:… Continue Reading →

All creatures look to you

In 2005 there was an expedition to one of Asia’s most isolated jungles. It is in the Foya Mountains of western New Guinea. There, incredibly, scientists discovered a lost Paradise – unspoilt. It was described by the media as a… Continue Reading →

Tempting, isn’t it?

Gap years give people a chance to find themselves before heading towards their career. Finding true wilderness in lands such as Namibia is a popular way of stepping out and working out priorities. Jesus “gap” tests At the start of… Continue Reading →

The Transfiguration

In our digital age, it’s become so easy to capture any moment in a picture. Holidays, weddings, even the meal we’ve just ordered can be recorded for posterity and uploaded to social media – shared for our friends to comment… Continue Reading →

God does not conform to religious rules – but copes

Religious purity rules dictated that Mary was unfit to meet God until 40 days after giving birth.

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