Virgin on the Ridiculous – Watch online

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Happy Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

A Beautiful telling of the story

The Bible Project is an amazing organisation dedicated to really high quality videos about the Bible.  They have videos for every book of the Bible and more on themes in scripture.

This video tells the story of the birth of Jesus in the most beautiful way.

Why not take 5 minutes to watch it!

 

Songs at the Carol Service

Several people asked about the songs we used tonight at our Carol Service.  They come from an amazing group of Christian Songwriters called Resound Worship.  I’ve included the videos below.

 

 

How it happened

One of my favourite short stories is by Isaac Asimov, speaking about how the world came to be. Enjoy!

My brother began to dictate in his best oratorical style, the one which has the tribes hanging on his words.

“In the beginning,” he said, “exactly fifteen point two billion years ago, there was a big bang and the Universe–”

But I had stopped writing. “Fifteen billion years ago?” I said incredulously.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I’m inspired.”

“I don’t question your inspiration,” I said. (I had better not. He’s three years younger than I am, but I don’t try questioning his inspiration. Neither does anyone else or there’s hell to pay.) “But are you going to tell the story of the Creation over a period of fifteen billion years?”

“I have to,” said my brother. “That’s how long it took. I have it all in here,” he tapped his forehead, “and it’s on the very highest authority.”

By now I had put down my stylus. “Do you know the price of papyrus?” I said.

“What?” (He may be inspired but I frequently noticed that the inspiration didn’t include such sordid matters as the price of papyrus.)

I said, “Suppose you describe one million years of events to each roll of papyrus. That means you’ll have to fill fifteen thousand rolls. You’ll have to talk long enough to fill them and you know that you begin to stammer after a while. I’ll have to write enough to fill them and my fingers will fall off. And even if we can afford all that papyrus and you have the voice and I have the strength, who’s going to copy it? We’ve got to have a guarantee of a hundred copies before we can publish and without that where will we get royalties from?”

My brother thought awhile. He said, “You think I ought to cut it down?”

“Way down,” I said, “if you expect to reach the public.”

“How about a hundred years?” he said.

“How about six days?” I said.

He said horrified, “You can’t squeeze Creation into six days.”

I said, “This is all the papyrus I have. What do you think?”

“Oh, well,” he said, and began to dictate again, “In the beginning– Does it have to be six days, Aaron?”

I said, firmly, “Six days, Moses.”

Grace

Our Vicar, Stephen Gardner, talking about the most important theme of the New Testament Letters – Grace!

Revelation

This week at All Saints we’re thinking about the book of Revelation – the last book of the Bible.

These videos are two of the best we’ve found to explain this intriguing book! They are produced by the amazing group “The Bible Project“.  They have videos for The Old Testament, The New Testament as well as a range of other videos that are just excellent!

Luke 21 – A generous widow and some clueless disciples

Yet another contrast between those things at the core of Jesus’ message and those things that don’t matter in the Kingdom/

As you read Luke chapter 21 the story of the Widow putting two coins into the temple treasury it fits very much into Luke’s narrative of the poor being those who belong in God’s Kingdom, who worship properly, who give God his due.

But the disciples are clueless.  They immediately ignore the woman and start to comment how classy the temple is.

The narrative takes a dark turn at this point as Jesus begins to describe the fall of the temple, the desecration of Jerusalem, and even the martyrdom of the Disciples! 

Look ahead to chapter 22 – Jesus trial and crucifixion are imminent.  These words at the end of chapter 21 are some of the last words that Luke records Jesus speaking publicly in the temple courts.  Jesus knows what is coming and in telling his disciples he gives them one message – “stand firm!”

Luke 20 – How to win friends and influence people

Read the passage.  What would a spin doctor say to Jesus?  What would a PR consultant suggest?

At every turn the teachers of the law and the pharisees are trying to trick Jesus into saying something blasphemous, treasonous or that would turn the crowds against him.

They don’t succeed, and Jesus wastes no time in condemning the religious leaders of his day.  This is not subtle.  Jesus is now in direct opposition to the religious rulers.  Something has to give!

Luke 19 – A little man stars on Jericho’s Got Talent

The story of Zacchaeus is much loved of Sunday School teachers and short people!  Read the passage here.  Following on from Luke 18 we see more of God’s radical inclusion – those who were outcast are included and those who thought themselves included are outcast.

One final parable – the parable of the talents with its warning message not to take God’s gifts for granted – and then we move to the start of the Passion narrative – the story of Jesus’ last week.

The colt is brought to Jesus supernaturally, and then he enters Jerusalem – an image from the prophet Zechariah, it demonstrates Jesus humility.  But on entering Jerusalem he does not head to the Roman barracks to liberate his people as the warrior messiah, but instead begins to cleanse the temple – kicking out the corrupt market stalls set up in the court of the Gentiles (the only place non-Jews were allowed to worship!)

An immediately after describing the temple as a “den of robbers” Luke leaves us in no doubt who is talking about.

47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words. 

Luke 18 – Who will God bless

The start of Luke 18 is a strange parable.  Jesus describes an UNJUST judge who eventually gives the Widow justice because she is persistent, and then encourages us to be persistent because God is JUST so He WILL answer our prayers.

Then come four different pictures of who will see God’s answers to their prayers

The Tax Collector at the temple sees God’s blessing whilst the Pharisee does not.

The Children receive a blessing whilst the Disciples get a telling off

The Rich Man missed out on God’s blessing because his possession mattered more to him.

The Blind Man, rebuked by the crowd, receives Jesus’ healing.

 

Who will receive God’s blessing?  Well, pretty much everyone that didn’t deserve it!