Children in Need

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Writing in the 2nd century the physician Soranos lists the features of a new born child that determine whether it should live.  Vigorous crying, sound limbs and organs, open orifices, and lively movement were all required.  A child failing these tests might well be abandoned and left to die of exposure.   Fast forward 2,000 years and this month the … Read More

The courage of conviction

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Five hundred years ago the world was a very different place.  Much of it was ruled by the Holy Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church, monoliths of power and dictating the lives of millions of people.  But that was all about to change as one man made his way to the University Church in Wittenberg, Germany and nailed a … Read More

It’s time to move in

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

I sometimes suspect that the Christians I meet are more like estate agents than they are homeowners.  Like a good estate agent, they know everything there is to know about the ‘property’ they are advertising.  They can talk at great length about God’s love, mercy and grace, and the transforming power of the Gospel.  But you somehow feel that they … Read More

Mark 16:9-20

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

9-11 After rising from the dead, Jesus appeared early on Sunday morning to Mary Magdalene, whom he had delivered from seven demons. She went to his former companions, now weeping and carrying on, and told them. When they heard her report that she had seen him alive and well, they didn’t believe her. 12-13 Later he appeared, but in a different form, … Read More

Avoiding Arrest

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

One hundred years ago this week Vladimir Lenin hurried through the streets of Moscow on his way to the Winter Palace, desperate to be at the forefront of the revolution breaking over Russia.  Wanted for high treason he was heavily disguised with a wig, cap and bandages around his face.  In a heart-stopping moment he bumped into two policemen, but … Read More

Saving a Masterpiece

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Famous the world over Michelangelo’s statue of David, has stood in the city of Florence for over 500 years.  Carved from a single block of marble it is one of the most recognised pieces of sculpture in the world.  Yet Michelangelo was just 26 years old when he was given the commission and devoted three years of his life to the … Read More

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