1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 2.1-5; Romans 13.11-end; Matthew 24.36-44 Here is an indicator of deprivation that I suspect is rarely noted in school inspections. A primary school teacher asked the pupils in her year 6 class what they would like to be and do when they grow up. There was silence. They had little or no idea because the thought that they had any say over their future was totally alien to them.The teacher persisted, however. What about if they came top in their class and did really well at school, what then would......
I received the question today, ‘How do we know the Bible isn’t a story like Beowulf?’ The question came from a primary school child who had been learning about Beowulf that morning. It’s a good question though isn’t it? We were talking about the Gospels at the time and so we’ll limit our answer to the truth of the Gospels here as well. There are two points that are worth considering. First, sources. The opinion of most people who study the Gospels is that Mark was written first (60s AD), followed by......
‘Behind every great man lies a great woman’. A lady called Monica had a son. Being a Christian she began to pray for him from birth. Like many young people the boy grew up amid temptations in the world around and was charmed by them. She never gave up praying. She wept, she begged, she prayed. She longed for the Lord to bring her son to himself. It seemed as though he just got farther away. He rejected Christ and joined another religion. She never gave up praying. He was finally brought......