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

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

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

No need to panic

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Last Friday I found myself being driven around the Silverstone Formula 1 circuit by Lewis Hamilton. As we hurtled round the track at incredible speed, I felt a rising panic at feeling so out of control. But then I remembered that I was in a simulator, that Lewis wasn’t actually there, and that in reality I was barely moving at … Read More

Reconciliation

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

During the EU referendum debate a lot of words have been written and spoken. It’s an issue that has aroused the strongest passions on both sides, and it has been far from edifying watching adversaries lay into each other in less than complimentary ways! Strange new alliances have been formed between those normally on opposite sides of the political divide, … Read More

Sovereignty

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In the UK today we find ourselves in the eye of the storm. After weeks of debate and campaigning, today we are voting whether or not we will remain as members of the European Union. While arguments have raged around the issues of the economy and immigration, the central issue is one of sovereignty – who really governs us?   … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 3:4-12

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

3:4 Then he spoke to the people: “What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?” No one said a word.   5-6 He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out—it … Read More

Superheroes

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

So what we always suspected turns out to be true: superheroes aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, and Batman it appears is the worst of them all. A recent study by the University of Leicester showed that gliding with his cape from a building 150m tall would mean that he would hit the ground at about 50mph, almost certainly … Read More

Orlando

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

All this week heartbreaking stories have emerged from the tragedy that unfolded in Orlando last weekend – an event of great evil that so unnecessarily, and so pointlessly took the lives of so many. But in the midst of such evil, acts of great love and sacrifice shine forth. Brenda Lee Marquez McCool was at the bar that night with … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 2:21-3:3

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

2:21-22 He went on, “No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don’t put your wine in cracked bottles.”   23-24 One Sabbath day he was walking through a field of ripe grain. As his disciples made a path, they pulled off heads of grain. The Pharisees told on them … Read More