I was not lost

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

“I was not lost and did not need to be rescued.”  So said British adventurer Benedict Allen after being rescued from the jungle of Papua New Guinea.  He had missed his flight home, was suffering from the effects of malaria, and had recorded a video message in case he wasn’t found.  While Benedict was supremely confident in his ability to … Read More

Filling the Void

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In a few weeks’ time the top of our dining table will once again emerge to serve it’s intended purpose as a place to eat.  This only happens on Christmas Day and it won’t be long before it reverts to its usual state as a dumping ground for all the things no one can be bothered to put away.  That’s … Read More

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