60SG Mark 15:1-10

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

15:1 At dawn’s first light, the high priests, with the religious leaders and scholars, arranged a conference with the entire Jewish Council. After tying Jesus securely, they took him out and presented him to Pilate. 2-3 Pilate asked him, “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?” He answered, “If you say so.” The high priests let loose a barrage of accusations. 4-5 Pilate … Read More

We all want to fly

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When asked why he had done it Larry Walters replied ‘It was something I had to do. I had this dream for twenty years, and if I hadn’t done it, I think I would have ended up in the funny farm.’  Larry just wanted to be someone.  He wanted to make his mark on the world.  Like all of us … Read More

Talk the talk and walk the walk

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This is a true story.  The church’s hospitality had been wonderful.  So much so that the visiting preacher had to make a hasty visit to the bathroom just before the service was due to begin.  Sadly, in his rush to finish, something that should have been flushed away fell to the floor, and without realising he trod on it.  It … Read More

60SG Mark 14:66-72

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66-67 While all this was going on, Peter was down in the courtyard. One of the Chief Priest’s servant girls came in and, seeing Peter warming himself there, looked hard at him and said, “You were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 He denied it: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He went out on the porch. A rooster crowed. 69-70 The girl … Read More

A New Pair of Shoes

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

As a child, the sadness of the summer holidays coming to an end was always tempered by the excitement of buying new things for school, and especially buying a new pair of shoes. There’s just something very wonderful about a pair of shoes that have never been worn.   The problem, though, was that I wanted to keep my shoes … Read More

Take my word for it!

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In a stunning display of confidence, based on nothing more than wishful thinking, Thomas Midgley addressed reporters in October 1924, and declared that adding lead to petrol would have no adverse health effects whatsoever.  He boldly assured the Surgeon General that “the average street will probably be so free from lead that it will be impossible to detect it or … Read More

60SG Mark 14:60-65

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60-61 In the middle of this, the Chief Priest stood up and asked Jesus, “What do you have to say to the accusation?” Jesus was silent. He said nothing. The Chief Priest tried again, this time asking, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 Jesus said, “Yes, I am, and you’ll see it yourself: The Son of Man seated … Read More

Jumping to the Wrong Conclusions

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

When it comes to relationships there’s nothing more important than getting your facts straight.  The story is told of the wedding where everything was going smoothly, until the priest asked if anyone knew a reason in law why the couple should not be married.  At this exact moment a young woman carrying a baby rose from the back of the … Read More

Falling Silent

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As we’ve seen this week with the distress in some quarters over the silencing of Big Ben, while it undergoes essential repairs, the loss of a reassuring and familiar sound is sometimes disconcerting.   For hundreds of years the people of God in the Old Testament were used to hearing His voice, as He spoke to them through numerous prophets … Read More

60SG Mark 14:53-59

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53-54 They led Jesus to the Chief Priest, where the high priests, religious leaders, and scholars had gathered together. Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard, where he mingled with the servants and warmed himself at the fire. 55-59 The high priests conspiring with the Jewish Council looked high and low for evidence against Jesus … Read More