There are few things that we can be certain of in this world – whether it’s the results of our favourite football team or the results of an election, the world can often feel uncertain.
The writer to the Ephesians is referring in this passage to the way that, through the death and resurrection of Christ, Jews and Gentiles can now be joined together in the household of God. Yet v.19-22 also apply to the church today – where those of all ages and stages can belong.
Right at the start of all things, God decided that people should not be alone. Some animals live solitary lives, but not humans. We are best when we are connected with one another.
As 2017 started, many people hoped that the new year meant that some of the world's sadness, confusion and change in 2016 was being left behind. Unfortunately, the world being what it is, change and uncertainty continues all around us. For yourself it might be that you are thinking of what to do
Anyone at uni will be aware of the weight of words filling their lives at every waking moment. Words and more words. Language. Syntax. Rhetoric. Description. Analysis. Essays. Dissertations. 3000. 8000. 10000. From dawn till dusk, day after day.
So often, immersed in the business of living, including engagement with activities germane to the exercise of vocation, we experience difficulty hearing the voice of God.
John the Baptist points out Jesus and tells two of his disciples that here is the Lamb of God. What an extraordinary statement to make! The disciples are intrigued by this declaration – they would have understood the deep significance of these words having studied the Torah.
I’ve just recently been to the cinema to see Star Wars: Rogue One. I was hugely impressed and moved by this story of faith, hope and love, in the face of adversity. During the second chapter of the film, it is observed by one character that ‘the world is coming undone’.