The Way of Exclusion

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Excluded, © Mark Hewitt 2018 Reserved signs have been placed randomly on seats throughout the church. What did you do when you saw a reserved sign on the seat? Ignore it, sat somewhere else? Get angry or indignant? Feel Excluded? It does not take much for a person to feel being excluded.  The healing of Bartimaeus; The miracle of this story is Jesus’ ability to …

Finding Our Way

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Eye of the Needle, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Today’s scripture I always find challenging.  Certainly at a literal level part of it is about things or stuff.  Looking below the literal level, what truth is there for us today?  This is not about dumping on those rich with money or romanticising those who are poor financially.  That itself raises questions about what it …

Tough Questions Along the way

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Still life in red, © Rob Stoner 2018 In fact, what I think Jesus is really saying to them is that your question is irrelevant. In terms of the loving, compassionate, inclusive community which I am trying to create, your question has no currency. At this point in his ministry, with his encounter and death in Jerusalem staring him in …

Getting out of the way

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Love One Another, © Durga Yael Bernhard. People are not always what they seem.  Good people do bad things  Bad people do good things It’s rarely all or nothing – Black & White.  You may be onside with someone on one issue yet opposed to them on another issue.  All is far more complex. Than – “you are either for us …

Love is Our Defence

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Tender Hearted, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Over the past seven weeks we have been having parts of an Open letter read to us from the pauline community of Gospel workers.  Although adressed to the church at Ephesus, tt is for us too. So what were they wanting to tell us? In God’s eyes we are blessed, holy, and blameless.  Forget all …

Living Wisely

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Tender Hearted, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Last week we finished off with “Imitate God, we are beloved children; and live in love, because Christ loves us – a beautiful fragrant love.” What does that mean for you? Or what could it mean? Now that we have grasped we are to imitate God, we are loved a beautiful fragrant love.  We imitate …

Anger to Love

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Stop lying and be honest, for we belong to one another. Let go of anger and make peace instead. Encourage those who would steal, for example, to work with honest labour, and share what they make with the poor. Resist words that hurt and speak instead to encourage each other, so that words will help whoever might hear them grow stronger. Let …

Building Up the Body

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One body – diversity, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Unity – together as one in Christ The key message from Paul, the last sentence he uses a metaphor of a body. This part of the letter to the Ephesians has three areas of emphasis. In the beginning, there is the image of the church as one body called by the one God …

Who Does God Say We Are?

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Like Wind, Like Fire, © Mark Hewitt 2017 Pre our digital age, letter writing was the primary form of communication.  Many of you will would be familiar with them. Who still writes & sends letters? I myself was never much of a letter writer but I did like sending post cards.  Restricted to a 150 characters (sound familiar today?) Is Twitter …

Brush Away the Dust

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Shake off the dust, © Mark Hewitt 2012 How do you think Jesus would have known he was not welcome? This was a missed opportunity for those who made Jesus unwelcome.  Jesus too missed out on a really special time with his home town.  The spirit dwells and moves in ways that do not always conform to our own expectations and …