Two feasts [Mark 6:17-44]

At a rather well-behaved Burns Supper the other week, where the quality of the speeches was inversely proportional to the amount of booze on offer (in that being articulate went hand in hand with being somewhat abstemious), talk turned to the fights we can have over food. Burns addressed that, too, not least in O …

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‘I say to you…rise up.’ [Mark 5:35-43]

Just look at the people who are the focus of Jesus’ attention in this chapter. It reads like a Who’s Who of those who will never be featured in Who’s Who. In this, Jesus demonstrates the breadth of his care and, by implication, invites us to know and share it; he reveals in his actions …

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Constellation [Philippians 2:12-24]

It’s nothing much, really. Just a random array of glass beads whose reflection is itself reflected in a triangle of mirrors. But aren’t the patterns from a kaleidoscope wonderful? It’s nothing much, really. Just the light from chemical reactions in gas clouds millions of miles away. But isn’t the Milky Way astonishing? I still remember …

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Will there be no miracles here? [Hebrews 2:10-18]

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a bit of a hidden gem. Set just north of Edinburgh’s city centre in the picturesque and quiet Village of Dean, the gallery occupies two imposing neo-classical buildings facing each other on Belford Road. There are broad lawns which provide another setting for modern art installations. This …

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