#Adventbookclub: Moses

Exodus 3:1-8 We return today to another Old Testament figure, with quite a depressing tale, in which “the dice are loaded” in days which cycle through themselves. He talks of living a half-life – half-Hebrew (by nature) and half-Egyptian (by nurture), and how difficult this has made things – and why he lashed out when he saw ‘his people’ being mistreated. “Today”, however, he has made a decision to move forward. The past cannot be Continue Reading →

#AdventBookClub: Isaiah

Isaiah 9: 2-7 Having seen the key characters in the drama, we look back to a prophetic figure, Isaiah, who prophesied the birth of Jesus. At a time when many were sacrificing to God, he shared the despair of God, calling the people to wash the blood from their hands and get active: … remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue Continue Reading →

#Adventbookclub: Mary

Luke 1:26-38 We get a sense of Mary, a woman who has been well-prepared for a role as homemaker by her mother. She is a woman who loves the world, loves life, and can see God in every part of it. Her parents thought that she would find it difficult to find a husband as she was too ‘headstrong’, but I just wanted a strong love and a deep passion, and a way to channel Continue Reading →

#AdventBookClub: Elizabeth

Luke 1 5-15; 24-25; 39-45 Today we meet with Elizabeth, who has spent too long saying ‘if only’, and wishing for a child. She is disappointed that everyone assumed that it was her fault that there were no children (I have friends who have experienced this false assumption!), with the baby causing an emptiness between them, and a feeling of emptiness in her own life. For those who desire children, this is a sad state to Continue Reading →

#AdventBookClub: Joseph #Advent20

Matthew 1:18-24 Today we look at what happens in ‘The Christmas Story’ from the perspective of Joseph. Joseph is ‘a practical man’ who makes things (a carpenter) – unlike those who work in the ‘learned’ sector, he finds true satisfaction in getting something ‘done’ and there being no question that it is ‘done’. This does not stop him dreaming, however (named after ‘the most famous dreamer  in history’)… He speaks of the joy of meeting Continue Reading →

#Adventbookclub: Martha #advent20

Luke 2: 1-7 Martha is the name given the Innkeeper’s wife in this version of the story. She’s a rather cynical woman who’s done her fair share of midwifery, and, clearly feels she’s been taken advantage of frequently, so is quite tough with a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude. She saw both desperation and dignity in Joseph and Mary, however, and so took pity on them. She gives a clear impression of just how Continue Reading →

#AdventBookClub: David, with #Advent20

Luke 2:8-17 Today, we’re looking at the events of that first Christmas through the eyes of ‘David’, a shepherd. We are often given a ‘romantic’ view of the shepherds, but Cottrell makes it clear that these were crude, vulgar men, used to a hard lifestyle, enjoying women and drink. Alongside, they were gentle (but pragmatic), as they cared for their animals (with fore-echoes of Jesus’ coming as look at ‘the lamb’s blood shed’, and questioning Continue Reading →

#AdventBookClub: Casper and #Advent20

#AdventBookClub: Casper Matthew 2:1-2, 10-12 Today, we have the story of one of the Magi, a man who had planned journeys for many others based upon the stars, but (according to this interpretation), this was the first time he’d felt the need to follow a star himself (a chance to ‘awaken the dream inside’). Better to keep looking upwards, to chase after dreams and stumble, than only ever see the few steps in front of Continue Reading →