60SG Mark 8:13-26

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

13-15 He then left them, got back in the boat, and headed for the other side. But the disciples forgot to pack a lunch. Except for a single loaf of bread, there wasn’t a crumb in the boat. Jesus warned, “Be very careful. Keep a sharp eye out for the contaminating yeast of Pharisees and the followers of Herod.”   16-19 Meanwhile, … Read More

Roots

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

As the temperature falls with the onset of winter, spare a thought for the Soldanelle plant that grows high up in the Swiss Alps.  Each winter it is covered with snow and ice, and yet it survives and each spring reappears as beautiful as before.  The reason for its survival is that during the summer months it spreads its large … Read More

Thanksgiving

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By the Spring of 1621 only half of the Pilgrims who had arrived aboard the Mayflower were still alive, and their chances of survival seemed slim.  But providence was on their side.  Seemingly by chance they happened upon an Abenaki Indian by the name of Squanto.  To their surprise he not only spoke English but was willing to show them … Read More

60SG Mark 8:1-12

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8 1-3 At about this same time he again found himself with a hungry crowd on his hands. He called his disciples together and said, “This crowd is breaking my heart. They have stuck with me for three days, and now they have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they’ll faint along the way—some of them have come a … Read More

This is Your Life

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

On 6th February 1961 Eamonn Andrews was all set to host another edition of the highly successful TV show ‘This is Your Life’.  The show went out live, and would begin with a famous person being taken by surprise and then escorted to the studio where their life would be profiled.   At the end they would presented with all the … Read More

Post Truth

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

It used to be that ‘truth’ was like Henry Ford’s Model T motor car of the 1920’s – it only came in one colour and you could take it or leave it!  But like the colours of cars so ‘truth’ has changed and is now available almost any way you like it.  Like a box of Lego bricks ‘truth’ is … Read More

60SG Mark 7:24-37

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

24-26 From there Jesus set out for the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house there where he didn’t think he would be found, but he couldn’t escape notice. He was barely inside when a woman who had a disturbed daughter heard where he was. She came and knelt at his feet, begging for help. The woman was Greek, Syro-Phoenician by … Read More

Unexpected Treasure

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Sometimes treasure is to be found in the most unexpected of places.  Take for example Emil Knodell who spent $100 on an old chest of drawers at a yard sale in Belville, Texas; only to get it home and discover a secret drawer full of cash, jewellery and American Civil War memorabilia worth a small fortune.   Or take the … Read More

Pandora’s Box

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

According to the ancient Greek myth, a curious Pandora opens a box releasing all manner of evils into the world, among them turmoil, strife, jealousy, and hatred.  Too late she realises that there’s no way to put them back in, but then discovers hope lying at the bottom of the box – all may not lost after all.   In … Read More

60SG Mark 7:14-23

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

14-15 Jesus called the crowd together again and said, “Listen now, all of you—take this to heart. It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life; it’s what you vomit—that’s the real pollution.”   17 When he was back home after being with the crowd, his disciples said, “We don’t get it. Put it in plain language.”   18-19 Jesus said, “Are you … Read More