The Kingdom that comes out to meet us

From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ (Matthew 4.17) I wonder if you`ve noticed what Jesus is saying? When Heaven; what we might call God`s space gets mentioned… It`s not somewhere we GO but something which has `come near`. It`s come out to meet us. This,…

Revelation: giving confidence to a troubled Church

Our first reading this morning was the opening chapter of the Book of Revelation. These are the `famous last words` of the Bible. Revelation is a book which many find confusing and obscure; it`s widely misunderstood and to some it`s quite frightening. It`s certainly not the book we automatically turn to. All of which is…

Knowing God: Being Known

Some while ago I was talking with an elderly gentleman who said to me: “You see, Vicar, I really don`t understand all this stuff about `knowing Jesus…` or what people mean when they talk about `having a personal relationship` with God”. To put things in context he was a bit embarrassed because some members of…