2 Samuel 11: 1-15

The controversial former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, once declared that power was the greatest aphrodisiac known to humanity.  And you don’t need to be a cynic to see a disturbing connection between power and the particular abuse of power that is sexual misconduct.  Indeed, it sometimes seems that our news media reports on an almost daily basis about the proclivities of various public figures, describing in prurient detail their various acts of sexual infidelity and abuse. Continue reading “2 Samuel 11: 1-15”

Mark 6: 30-34; 53-56

I have just returned from a short holiday with my wife Sandy and our daughter Sophia.  We were fortunate enough to be able to spend a week on Daydream Island, which is located in the Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef.

It would be no understatement to say that I was looking forward to this time off.  It is the first time Sandy and I have had a break for two years, and it was the first holiday we were having together since Sophia’s birth.  Indeed, I had visions of spending a week lazing by a pool under beautiful skies, an entertaining book in one hand and a succession of large cocktails in the other.  In essence, I was anticipating a calm and tranquil idyll, undisturbed by any of the cares of the world. Continue reading “Mark 6: 30-34; 53-56”

Mark 6: 1-13

I remember watching a TV show in which the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly talked about the perils of a father and son sharing the same name.  In Connolly’s own case – and it being Scotland – his father was known as “Big Billy”, while Connolly himself was known as “Wee Billy”.  This was a moniker that stuck with Connolly, even into his own adulthood; by which time he was considerably taller than his father and universally known as “The Big Yin” (the Big One). Continue reading “Mark 6: 1-13”