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December 2012

The unsearchable riches of Christ

Ephesians 3:1-21 What is the message of Christianity for the world?  If you could boil it down, what is the proclamation of the church?  Paul has a wonderful summary in Ephesians 3:8. John Wycliffe translated it:  “the vnserchable richessis of Crist”. William Tyndale put it as:  “the unsearchable ryches of Christ.” And, in that tradition, […]

A man reaps what he sows

Galatians 6:1-18 The saying is instantly recognisable as religious.  Even if few people know where it comes from, most will assume it’s biblical.  And they’ll assume that they know what it means. It’s about cause and effect right?  It’s saying:  ‘What goes around, comes around.’  ‘If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.’ […]


Galatians 1:1-10; 2:11-21 What do we consider beyond the pale?  What behaviour or what belief is out of bounds? How does a group or individual prove themselves to be completely unacceptable? In this context we might say that so and so or such and such is “anathema.” It might be as trivial as the way a […]

A thorn in my flesh

2 Corinthians 12:1-21 Difficult people, chronic illness, vocal opposition, disability, bureaucrats in your way – all sorts of long-term problems might be called “a thorn in your flesh.” Ever since the curse was pronounced in Eden, thorns have tormented us: “Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all […]