ABC day 8: Abraham’s call

Genesis 11:31-12:5 is today’s text selected by Maggi – but instead of reading it, you could watch it in Lego form (and it takes the story on just a smidgen further too): Maggi explains that the clear call of God to Abraham in this passage may have seemed clear with hindsight; yet as the story […]

ABC day 7: Adam and Eve – the end of the beginning

Genesis 3:8-19 today for Advent Book Club (the observant amongst you might have noticed day 6 went AWOL –  Wordpress wouldn’t let me in – now fixed and in the unlikely event you’re missing it, it’s here). The fall. Adam and Eve expelled from Eden. The reason we need salvation – to rescue us. Maggi […]

ABC day 6 – Mark: where the action is

Mark 1:1-11 today – the third opening we’ve read as part of the Advent Book Club. There’s no messing about with Mark. None of the mysticism of John, nor the genealogy of Mark. We’re told right there in the first line that this is the good news about Jesus Christ – we don’t need to […]

ABC day 5 – Matthew: what’s in a name?

Today we have another genealogy of Jesus, from Matthew 1:1-17. Three sets of fourteen names. From Abraham to Jesus. Some of them – Abraham, Isaac, David, Solomon, Ruth – names from familiar stories. Others less familiar – Zerubabbel, Eliakim, Jeconiah, Azor. Ok, I can confess to being like Claire and Sara – if I don’t skip […]

ABC day 4 – Luke: flashback

Today we go for the flashback – Luke 3:21-38 – in which we read the genealogy of Jesus. Going by the generations, this leads to the suggestion that the world was formed in around 4000 BC – a conclusion leapt on by sceptics as easy to debunk with scientific evidence. Yet Maggi points out that this […]

ABC day 3 – Luke: let me tell you a story

Today’s text is Luke 1:1-7. Luke sets out to write an “orderly account”. Perhaps, unlike the opening of John’s Gospel which we read yesterday, this is a more obvious start. We start slightly before the birth of Jesus, with the story of John the Baptist – seen as a prophet who not only foretold the […]

ABC day 2 – John: let’s start at the very beginning

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth… In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The start of the Old Testament and the start of the New Testament. Maggi suggests reading Genesis 1:1-5 and John 1:1-5 today, and thinking on beginnings – and […]

Advent Sunday 2013 – Early or Late?

Happy new (liturgical!) year! Today is the first day of the Advent Book Club. And we’re reading Maggi Dawn’s Beginnings and Endings [and what happens in between]. Maggi has kindly shared day 1 here for those of you who haven’t got a copy of the book. Psalm 27 The Lord is my light and my […]

An Advent Eve thought

So. Advent is upon us again. And I find myself signed up to the Advent Book Club again. Last year, Pam suggested on Twitter that a few of us might read a book together for Advent. A few of us read Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen: Daily Scripture and Prayers Together with […]

Advent Book Club – Twelfth Night

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I […]

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