60SG Mark 13:14-23

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

14-18 “But be ready to run for it when you see the monster of desecration set up where it should never be. You who can read, make sure you understand what I’m talking about. If you’re living in Judea at the time, run for the hills; if you’re working in the yard, don’t go back to the house to get anything; if you’re … Read More

Renewed and Transformed

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When my father was ordained in the summer of 1928, his favourite Uncle gave him a small book of prayers, services and devotions.  He used it constantly and by the time it was passed down to me, following my own ordination, some sixty years later, it was in a poor state of repair and virtually unusable.  The inside pages were … Read More

Brothers

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In 2016 I was travelling with friends from Lahore to Faisalabad in Pakistan.  It’s rare to see Europeans, and so when we stopped for a break, I drew some attention and people were interested to know why I was there.  The Muslim owner of a small supermarket welcomed us warmly and was pleased to give us food and drink free … Read More

60SG Mark 13:5-13

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5-8 Jesus began, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities claiming, ‘I’m the One.’ They will deceive a lot of people. When you hear of wars and rumoured wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history, and no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, … Read More

What would you do for love?

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Currently third in line to the throne Japanese Princess Mako will shortly have to surrender her royal status and step down as a member of the imperial Royal Family.  Her love for, and impending marriage to, a commoner forces her to do so under Japanese law.  In doing so she will be following her aunt who was the first Japanese … Read More

Swipe Right

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Never in her wildest dreams did Jessica Maverick think that her search for love would take her as far as it did.  With her home in Cardiff, South Wales in the UK she set her dating app to find her matches within 100 miles.  When in due course, a picture of Steve Collins from Swansea appeared she was immediately taken … Read More

60SG Mark 12:41-13:4

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41-44 Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents. Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than … Read More

Exit through the gift shop

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In the loft of my house I have several black bin bags filled with soft toys and plastic dinosaurs.  For some of these at least I hold London’s famous Natural History Museum responsible.  The thing is you see that entry to the museum is free, so it’s a perfect family day out.  The kids are entertained for hours exploring the … Read More

Wait outside my study!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Growing up at a boarding school in southern England during the 1970’s, I quickly came to assume to that if there was a God He was probably very like my housemaster – rather distant but generally benign, occasionally taking a real interest in me, and sometimes deeply terrifying, particularly when I was caught doing something I shouldn’t have been.  Sadly, … Read More

60SG Mark 12:35-40

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35-37 While he was teaching in the Temple, Jesus asked, “How is it that the religion scholars say that the Messiah is David’s ‘son,’ when we all know that David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said, God said to my Master, “Sit here at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” “David here designates the Messiah ‘my … Read More