A Reflection for Palm Sunday

We’ve just had a long weekend in Jordan. Driving around I’ve enjoyed looking out for flocks of sheep and goats (sometimes with a shepherd), camels, and the occasional donkey. I’d like today to focus on the donkey ridden by Jesus into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday. What is Jesus doing commandeering somebody else’s donkey? IsContinue reading “A Reflection for Palm Sunday”

Father & Son: Luke 3.15-22

It’s the season of Epiphany, which means “Manifestation” or “Revelation”. And this Sunday we get to the baptism of Jesus, where the crowds – themselves waiting to be baptised – hear the voice from heaven proclaim “You are my Son, whom I love”. This Father:Son relationship is at the heart of Christian faith: the CreedsContinue reading “Father & Son: Luke 3.15-22”

Interview with Jackie Pullinger

Jackie Pullinger is one of the most inspiring missionary pioneers of the twentieth (and now the twenty-first) centuries. She went to Hong Kong in the 1960s as a twenty-something music graduate and found herself working with addicts, prostitutes and Triad gangsters in the notorious Walled City. Here she is (interviewed by Nicky and Pippa GumbelContinue reading “Interview with Jackie Pullinger”

No room at the inn?

For the first time in years I haven’t seen a nativity play, but I presume they’ve been following the usual formula. Joseph arrives in Bethlehem from Nazareth with his weary and heavily-pregnant wife, knocks on the door of the local pub and asks for a room. The answer is a firm “No” (except on oneContinue reading “No room at the inn?”