Jars of Clay

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Among the many significant football matches that took place over the weekend, there’s one that may have passed you by.  In terms of competition it certainly wasn’t the biggest game played.  The pitch was brown and dusty, and the stadium wasn’t full to capacity.  Perhaps not surprising given that the ground showed obvious signs of bomb damage and riot police … Read More

The Mighty Pen

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In 1839 the English writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton coined the phrase, the ‘pen is mightier than the sword’; and judging by the enthusiasm with which President Trump has been signing executive orders this week he wasn’t wrong. A few strokes of a pen and countless lives are changed forever.   Unlike Trump there’s not a single record of Jesus ever having … Read More

60SG Mark 9:42-50

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

42 “On the other hand, if you give one of these simple, childlike believers a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck.   43-48 “If your hand or your foot gets in God’s way, chop it off … Read More

The Good Wife?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

The following advice was written for secondary school girls in the 1950’s and intended to prepare them for married life: When your husband arrives home from work eliminate all noise of washer, dryer or vacuum.  Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.  Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lies down … Read More

Don’t panic!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Today will see the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.  While many are celebrating a man prepared to challenge the status quo and turn political convention on its head, just as many have their heads in their hands despairing at what he might do once he becomes the most powerful man in the … Read More

Revolutions not Resolutions

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

I can only ever remember making two New Year’s resolutions.  The first was when I was a child and my aunt, who was hosting the party, insisted that we do so.  I had no idea what to say and as the seconds to midnight ticked down I blurted out, “I resolve not to swim the English Channel.”  Safe to say … Read More

60SG Mark 9:33-41

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

33 They came to Capernaum. When he was safe at home, he asked them, “What were you discussing on the road?” 34 The silence was deafening—they had been arguing with one another over who among them was greatest.   35 He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.” 36-37 He … Read More

Value for money

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Relaxing in the whirlpool bath of my local gym I overheard two of my fellow bathers discussing the merits of different surround sound systems for their TV’s.  One of them made the observation that, ‘You get what you pay for’; and it is generally true that the more you pay for a product the better it will be.  I well … Read More

How do I repay you?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

“In saving my life she conferred a value on it.  It is a currency I do not know how to spend.”  So says Sherlock Holmes in season four of the smash hit BBC TV series.  The person to whom he refers is the wife of his companion, John Watson, who has selflessly thrown herself into the path of an assailant’s … Read More

60SG Mark 9:24-32

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

24 No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”   25-27 Seeing that the crowd was forming fast, Jesus gave the vile spirit its marching orders: “Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you—Out of him, and stay out!” Screaming, and with much thrashing about, it left. The boy was … Read More