What does freedom look like? What are we saved from and what are we saved for? And what difference does that make to our lives and our attitudes? Advertisements
What is salvation? What do we want to be saved from? And what do we need to be saved from? And what does our fascination with superheroes tell us about all of this?
How do we see ourselves? Do we think that we are better than other people? Worse than them? Do we recognise our weaknesses and our strengths? Do we excuse our sins, or are we too harsh on ourselves? What about a more realistic reflection on what we are like?
This week I have been part of the Church of England’s Shared Conversations on Scripture, Mission and Human Sexuality. They have been set up by the bishops as a way of discussing rather than simply debating.
How can our actions be welcoming? How can we show God’s love and welcome? The parable of the sheep and the goats gives us some answers whilst also raising more questions! Not least being over that dividing line, which might be less clear than we’d like to think..
Everybody is welcome! Everybody is welcome to our churches. That’s what we want people to see and recognise, but we also know that that’s not always the case… One way to help our congregations to think about this is the excellent Everybody Welcome course, which is written to help enable everyone to welcome newcomers, to…
What does the faith of Simeon and Anna have to teach us? They watched, waited and looked forward to the new things that God was promising. This was part of a service where we also renewed our baptismal vows as a way of looking forward to the new things that God is doing.