As Big As You Think?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

It has always been my opinion that the words ‘camping’ and ‘holiday’ don’t belong together in the same sentence, and it was for this reason that when we did decide to buy a tent, we bought one that claimed to be able to accommodate 12 men – for the five of us!   Now those of you who know about … Read More

Love Your Enemies

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Think of D Day and the image that immediately springs to mind is of the beaches of Normandy. But the first significant engagement of the day actually took place inland just after midnight while the landing craft were still in the Channel. The target was a small bridge that crossed the Caen River and the canal that ran beside it … Read More

Counting Every Hair

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In the same week that France suffered yet another terrorist atrocity at the hands of someone claiming to act in the name of God, it was reported that the President of France, Francois Hollande, spends some €100,000 a year on his barber. Given the weight of responsibility that he carries as leader of his nation, and the multiple problems with … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 4:9-20

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

9 “Are you listening to this? Really listening?”   10-12 When they were off by themselves, those who were close to him, along with the Twelve, asked about the stories. He told them, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom—you know how it works. But to those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive … Read More

Proper Perspective

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Viewed straight on the painting of Virgin and Child with Saints Jerome and Dominic, by the 15th century Italian painter Filippino Lippi, doesn’t look quite right. The picture shows the Virgin Mary cradling the infant Jesus on her knee, with the saints at prayer in the foreground. But the perspective is off, and for many years art critics pointed out … Read More

Unbreakable love

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, Winston Smith rebels against the totalitarian state in which he lives by illegally keeping a diary of his own thoughts, and by embarking on an illicit affair with the beautiful Julia. Caught by the security forces Winston is subjected to months of torture, in an attempt to break his will and his love for Julia. … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 3:31-4:8

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

31-32 Just then his mother and brothers showed up. Standing outside, they relayed a message that they wanted a word with him. He was surrounded by the crowd when he was given the message, “Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside looking for you.”   33-35 Jesus responded, “Who do you think are my mother and brothers?” Looking around, taking in … Read More

Champions

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Well yesterday turned out to be a great day for British sportsmen, as Andy Murray took the Wimbledon crown for the 2nd time, and Lewis Hamilton won his fourth British Grand Prix.  It’s worth remembering that such success does not come overnight but is the result of years of dedicated hard work – Murray was just three years old when … Read More

Help Me!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

As a child, my friend and I loved nothing more than riding our tricycles. One day he suggested that rather than sit on the saddle, it would be more fun to sit on one of the rear mud guards and free wheel down the hill outside our houses. My friend went first without mishap, but when I followed I overbalanced … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 3:22-30

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

22-27 The religion scholars from Jerusalem came down spreading rumors that he was working black magic, using devil tricks to impress them with spiritual power. Jesus confronted their slander with a story: “Does it make sense to send a devil to catch a devil, to use Satan to get rid of Satan? A constantly squabbling family disintegrates. If Satan were fighting … Read More