Galatians 4: 4-7

St Athanasius of Alexandria once famously said: “God became human so that humans might become gods.”  By this, he did not mean that human beings would literally become divine; rather that the effect of the Incarnation was that, through Christ, human life had been indissolubly linked with the eternal life of God. Continue reading “Galatians 4: 4-7”

The Insanity of Christmas: A Christmas Sermon

The insanity of Christmas.

How often have we heard reference to this phenomenon? We talk about it, others talk about it, it’s a perennial topic of conversation whenever people get together at this time of year: the sheer madness, the mind-blowing absurdity that is the Christmas season. Continue reading “The Insanity of Christmas: A Christmas Sermon”

2 Samuel 7: 1-16

I remember once seeing a documentary by the remarkable naturalist Sir David Attenborough about the wildlife in Alaska; and at one point, it focused on the extraordinary journey of the salmon which travel thousands of miles in order to return to the same spawning grounds in which they were born.  These salmon face many obstacles, such as strong river currents, having to navigate waterfalls, and predators such as bears.  Indeed, these last two often combine: the bears wait at the top, and as the salmon literally jump up the waterfalls, the bears catch them – often swiping them out of mid air. Continue reading “2 Samuel 7: 1-16”

Mark 1: 1-8

Once, some years ago when I was working in the union movement, I had a blazing row with the HR manager of a large corporation about a significant workplace issue.  Argument unresolved, I headed back to the union office, steam still literally jetting out of my ears; suddenly, at a busy intersection, I was approached by a somewhat anaemic-looking young man with a clipboard.  I tried to avoid him, but he doggedly stepped up to me and asked if I could spare a few moments to discuss with him my attitude toward Christianity. Continue reading “Mark 1: 1-8”