Stay Calm, The End is Nigh – Luke 21 (21/24)

The account of the widows gift to the temple may seem out of place just prior to the discourse about end times, but talking of its future highlights the contrast between how devoted the people were to this institution which became redundant long ago and its imminent destruction (which happened only 40 years later in AD70). We must not be overly engrossed in how things are going to go before the end; be on your guard, don’t be overly distracted by the pleasures or the worries of life.

Counter-Culture – Reflecting a Change of Heart (1/3)

An eye for an eye..?

We have been inexorably drawn into the claims culture. We are bombarded with adverts like, “Have you been in a no-fault accident?” We have been given to believe that someone is always to blame; Jesus reminds us that it used to be normal to seek recompense when wronged, even to the point of death; now we are being encouraged not to resist when wronged…