U-turns Permitted
Abba! Father!

Abba! Father!

February 16, 2020

Today we look at Romans 8:12-17. Paul talks a lot about the "flesh" and the "Spirit". What does he mean? And then he talks about doing away with fear and living as children of God. How did Iris and Nereus understand that? And how can we understand that?

There really is no condemnation!

There really is no condemnation!

February 2, 2020

Today we zoom in on Romans 8:1: "There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." What did that mean to Iris and Nereus? What could it mean for us? What does "condemnation" really mean? And who is condemning you?

Seemingly Incurable

Seemingly Incurable

January 30, 2020

Today we look at Romans 7 - an incredibly complex and obtuse section of this complex letter. It's about the law. When we live under the law instead of under grace the law kills - at every level. Paul refers to himself as a wretched, lost man, seemingly incurable but grateful he has been rescued by Jesus.

Free to be Slaves

Free to be Slaves

January 23, 2020

Today we look at Romans 6:15-23, in which Paul talks about us as being slaves - slaves to sin and/or slaves to God. This must have been very strange language for that collection of slaves, exiles and free people who listened to the letter as Phoebe read it. "We thought the good news was one of freedom! What's this 'slave' thing? It's complex stuff, some of the most complex in this letter. Join us as we try to make some sense of it.

Belonging to Jesus

Belonging to Jesus

January 15, 2020

We take up our series in Romans again, from Romans 6:1-14. What did the Christians in Rome understand to be their main problems, and what are ours today? We look at "Belonging" as a central issue today, helped along by Brené Brown.

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

January 15, 2020

At the beginning of 2020 we look at Psalm 46 and try to understand what it means not to fear, as our God has given us the Kingdom.

Generation Gap

Generation Gap

January 2, 2020

To conclude our Advent and Christmas time in 2019, we look at the first events in the life of the young Jesus as recorded at the end of Luke 2. And we see three generations represented. How did each generation respond to the momentous events of that time?

The Way of Peace

The Way of Peace

December 28, 2019

Today we look at Zechariah's song after his son John was born, Luke 1:67-79. In his song, Zechariah shows us how to walk in the way of peace.

The Angel’s Song

The Angel’s Song

December 18, 2019

This is the meditation from our Candlelight Service, our Christmas celebration. We look briefly at the song sung by the angels to the shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, Good will toward men." (Luke 1:14, KJV). 

A Terrible Song

A Terrible Song

December 18, 2019

Today we look at the Magnificat - the song Mary sung after the angel Gabriel appeared to her. C.S. Lewis calls it a "terrible" song, playing on the Latin word terribilis, which means “dreadful, frightful, fearsome.” It is a revolutionary song as well as a deeply personal song.