Mark 16:1-8

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

16:1-3 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could embalm him. Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?” 4-5 Then they looked up, saw that it … Read More

Friendly Fire

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

The planners of the D-Day landings in 1944 faced a problem: previous similar invasions, had led to frequent incidents of ‘friendly fire’.  Unable to distinguish between Allied and enemy aircraft in the heat of battle, there were numerous occasions when Allied forces on the ground mistakenly fired on their own aircraft.   The problem was overcome by the simple expedient … Read More

Mark 15:46-16:7

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

46-47 Having already purchased a linen shroud, Joseph took him down, wrapped him in the shroud, placed him in a tomb that had been cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the opening. Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of Joses, watched the burial. 16:1-3 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought … Read More

Toy Story

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In one of the closing scenes of the movie Toy Story, Woody and Buzz are desperately trying to catch up with the removal van taking Andy, to his new home.  In despair, they watch the van disappear into the distance as the batteries in their remote control car run out.  They think that all is lost, forgetting that strapped to … Read More

Las Vegas

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Twice in recent years I have had the terrible privilege of standing with those who have lost oved ones in suicide bombings.  The utterly senseless and pointless loss of life creates a depth of grief so shocking and deep, that those affected are left utterly heartbroken and despairing.  For absolutely no good reason someone has deliberately chosen to take the … Read More

Mark 15:33-39

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33-34 At noon the sky became extremely dark. The darkness lasted three hours. At three o’clock, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” 35-36 Some of the bystanders who heard him said, “Listen, he’s calling for Elijah.” Someone ran off, soaked a sponge in sour wine, … Read More

Humble Origins

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Two of the UK’s most popular radio stations are currently celebrating their 50th birthdays.  With a weekly audience approaching 25 million listeners it’s worth remembering that Radios 1 and 2 were pushed into existence by unlicensed pirates, determined to shake off the monopoly over popular music held by broadcasters and record producers.   For three years Radio Caroline bounced around … Read More

Passing By

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Jesus once told a story about Jewish man walking the desert road to Jericho who was attacked by bandits, robbed and left for dead.  Three fellow Jews passed by and ignored him, and it was left to a ‘foreigner’, a Samaritan to come to his aid.   Just recently in Essen, Germany, three people were heavily fined for ignoring the … Read More

60SG Mark 15:21-32

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

21 There was a man walking by, coming from work, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. They made him carry Jesus’ cross. 22-24 The soldiers brought Jesus to Golgotha, meaning “Skull Hill.” They offered him a mild painkiller (wine mixed with myrrh), but he wouldn’t take it. And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes … Read More

A Better World Without the Police?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In 2016 there were just over 106,000 frontline police officers serving in England and Wales.  In the same year 107 of them were dismissed for gross misconduct.  Amongst the reasons for dismissal were assault of fellow officers while drunk, drink driving, sexual assault, possession of indecent images, voyeurism, racism, theft and fraud.  It’s not a list that makes for comfortable … Read More