Archive for July, 2011

Our gathering was lots of fun yesterday – well, at least I thought it was.  What makes it fun for me is when we seem to break outside the ‘rules’ (probably more expectations of doing what we always do – sticking to ‘doing what we always do’  is not something we encourage so much as something that just happens) and other things happen that no one has planned or coordinated yet there seems to be  guiding hand within it all.   Anyway, that happened to some degree yesterday.  One of the results is that the time left for my message (something we always seem to do) was significantly cut short.

I had prepared some stuff on the two miracles of healing in Mark’s Gospel where people regain their sight. (more…)

So there we were, two weeks to accept and take the challenge.  Two weeks to get the thinking caps on and ponder a couple of chapters of Mark’s wonderful Gospel.  And the time had come: “who has had a  go at the ‘homework'” I asked.  One hand went up and that with obvious trepidation! (more…)

Last week at our gathering I put out the challenge for people to look at 3 consecutive chapters of Mark’s Gospel — 6, 7 &8 — and tell me the relationship between the two miraculous feedings.  Chapter six has the story known as the feeding of the 5,000.  Chapter 8 has the story known as the feeding of the 4,000.

This came up because I had spoken about Jesus interaction with a woman from Syrian Phoenicia I suggested that this is not just a story in passing but a  pivotal point in the theology of Mark’s Gospel and that it was book-ended by the two miracles of the two meals.

I gave some clues: (more…)

Today we turn again to the Gospel of Mark.  And again we turn to a couple of stories that are usually reflected on separately but I am going to reflect on them as being connected.  They are connected thematically rather than stylistically, but I reckon they are, in turn, part of a bigger grouping of five stories covering chapters 6, 7 and 8.  That being the case they are then connected both thematically and stylistically.

The Gospel stories are often bigger and deeper and more profound than we first imaging. (more…)