No way back?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Some words of comfort from the prophet Jonah, for goalkeeper Loris Karius, after the catastrophic errors that led to Liverpool’s defeat in the Champions League final on 26thMay 2018.  No doubt Karius can sympathise with Jonah when from the belly of the fish he said, ‘I have been banished from your sight… the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around … Read More

Don’t settle too soon

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Setting out from Independence, Missouri in the mid-nineteenth century, early American settlers faced a 700-mile journey, fraught with danger and uncertainty, before they could reach the new life they longed for in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Twenty miles out from Independence a temporary camp emerged named Blue Camp 20. It marked the final boundary between a life safety and familiarity and … Read More

The Great Invitation

Simon AllabyAudio, Story, Uncategorised

It’s estimated that nearly 2 billion people watched the marriage of Prince Harry and Megan Markle on Saturday 19thMay 2018. Over 100,000 gathered in the streets of Windsor to watch the carriage-ride procession, while 1200 were invited inside the walls of the castle to get an even closer look.  600 received invitations to the service itself and the wedding breakfast that … Read More

Why it won’t last forever

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Tomorrow millions of people around the world will be watching as Prince Harry and Megan Markle marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. But while we rejoice in their marriage, the truth is it won’t last.  Not because they won’t live a long and happy life, but simply because Jesus said there will be no marriage in heaven; it’s just for … Read More

Unwelcome interruptions

Simon AllabyAudio, Story, Uncategorised

While she may not have scored many points, the British entry to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be forever remembered as the singer who was interrupted half way through her song.  SuRie was giving it her all and thoroughly enjoying the night when a protester ran on to the stage and grabbed the microphone from her hand before being … Read More

Where did he go?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Forty days after His resurrection the Gospels record that Jesus ‘ascended into heaven’.  But where exactly did he go?   In the early 1960’s it was widely, but inaccurately, reported that Yuri Gagarin, the first Russian cosmonaut to enter space, had said ‘I flew into space but didn’t see God.’   It seemed to make perfect sense from the standpoint … Read More

Never Ending Story

Simon AllabyAudio, Story, Uncategorised

No matter how good or long the story there comes a point in every show when the curtains close for the last time.  The actors have taken their final bow and the audience clapped and cheered their approval.  But then the theatre empties and everyone returns home to the lives that they left behind.  The story fades and becomes just … Read More

Outraged of Buckingham

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

‘It is monstrous to be told that you have a heart as sinful as the common wretches that crawl on the earth. This is highly offensive and insulting; and I cannot but wonder that your Ladyship should relish any sentiments so much at variance with high rank and good breeding.’   So wrote the Duchess of Buckingham to her friend … Read More