Sixty Second Gospel Mark 4:9-20

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

9 “Are you listening to this? Really listening?”   10-12 When they were off by themselves, those who were close to him, along with the Twelve, asked about the stories. He told them, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom—you know how it works. But to those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive … Read More

Proper Perspective

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Viewed straight on the painting of Virgin and Child with Saints Jerome and Dominic, by the 15th century Italian painter Filippino Lippi, doesn’t look quite right. The picture shows the Virgin Mary cradling the infant Jesus on her knee, with the saints at prayer in the foreground. But the perspective is off, and for many years art critics pointed out … Read More

Unbreakable love

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, Winston Smith rebels against the totalitarian state in which he lives by illegally keeping a diary of his own thoughts, and by embarking on an illicit affair with the beautiful Julia. Caught by the security forces Winston is subjected to months of torture, in an attempt to break his will and his love for Julia. … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 3:31-4:8

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

31-32 Just then his mother and brothers showed up. Standing outside, they relayed a message that they wanted a word with him. He was surrounded by the crowd when he was given the message, “Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside looking for you.”   33-35 Jesus responded, “Who do you think are my mother and brothers?” Looking around, taking in … Read More

Champions

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Well yesterday turned out to be a great day for British sportsmen, as Andy Murray took the Wimbledon crown for the 2nd time, and Lewis Hamilton won his fourth British Grand Prix.  It’s worth remembering that such success does not come overnight but is the result of years of dedicated hard work – Murray was just three years old when … Read More

Help Me!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

As a child, my friend and I loved nothing more than riding our tricycles. One day he suggested that rather than sit on the saddle, it would be more fun to sit on one of the rear mud guards and free wheel down the hill outside our houses. My friend went first without mishap, but when I followed I overbalanced … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 3:22-30

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

22-27 The religion scholars from Jerusalem came down spreading rumors that he was working black magic, using devil tricks to impress them with spiritual power. Jesus confronted their slander with a story: “Does it make sense to send a devil to catch a devil, to use Satan to get rid of Satan? A constantly squabbling family disintegrates. If Satan were fighting … Read More

Good Communication

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

One hundred years ago tens of thousands of British servicemen had already fallen at the Somme, as the campaign that was supposed to be a turning point in the war, descended into carnage and the greatest disaster in British military history.   Communication of one kind or another lay at the heart of the problems that beset the campaign. This … Read More

Leadership

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Early on the morning of 6th June 1944 Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, gave the order to launch the D-Day landings. While many thousands of people were involved in the planning and preparation, the decision to go was his and his alone, and he felt the weight of responsibility. That same afternoon he sat at his … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 3:13-21

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

13-19 Jesus climbed a mountain and invited those he wanted with him. They climbed together. He settled on twelve, and designated them apostles. The plan was that they would be with him, and he would send them out to proclaim the Word and give them authority to banish demons. These are the Twelve:   Simon (Jesus later named him Peter, meaning … Read More