As we celebrate Jesus’ rising again on Easter Day, we reflect on the different responses of the disciples.
Palm Sunday is the high point of the arc of Holy Week, a path which takes the disciples from jubilation to despair. We view all this from the safe distance of history, but we need somehow to immerse ourselves in what went on at that most crucial point in time.
Jesus’ teaching and actions often brought him into conflict with those who thought God was on their side, and their side alone. There are many examples of this ‘on our side’ thinking throughout the Bible, and yet Jesus comes to break down barriers.
What a great turnout for the first session! Lots of productive discussion and sharing of experiences, and this week learning more about Peter’s background.
We are pleased to report that Failtus, the student we are partly sponsoring through theological college in Karachi, Pakistan, is now in his second year and is doing very well. We have received this report from Dr Pervais Sultan. I am happy to report on Failtus, a seminary student support partly by your church for the deficit in his expenses on behalf of St. Thomas’ Theological College. 1st Term: 68.4%, 2nd Term: 74%, 3rd Term: 70.5% He is always found… [Continue Reading]
This article appeared on the St Padran’s Institute Facebook page recently and offers a real challenge to all of us. In my role I encounter much discussion about the idea of calling into Christian ministry. For most people, their understanding of calling is determined by the bible’s descriptions of Old Testament prophets like Moses, Samuel, Jonah and Amos, or New testament characters like the disciples and Paul. These exemplary characters are portrayed as being personally summoned by God for their… [Continue Reading]