The Upside Down Kingdom

The Upside Down Kingdom

2 Corinthians 11:16-33. Take a moment to read the passage. Strength in weakness is an overarching theme in 2 Corinthians. We see it when Paul talks about his thorn in the flesh, the subject of last week’s reflection. We see it when he speaks of how the treasure of the...
Strength in Weakness

Strength in Weakness

2 Corinthians 12:1-21 Have you felt weak at any time since lockdown began? I’d be very surprised if the answer was ‘no’. Perhaps you feel physically weak because you’ve actually contracted Covid 19. Perhaps you’ve felt physically unwell for another reason. It may be...
The God of all Comfort

The God of all Comfort

‘The God of all comfort… comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.’ (2 Corinthians 1.3-4) The ‘God of all comfort’ is one of the best-known phrases in 2 Corinthians, and the idea of...
Travelling through the Darkness

Travelling through the Darkness

Psalm 23 is the surprising Psalm. That statement – in and of itself – might seem surprising. Surely this is the best known of all the Psalms. Most readers of this blog will be familiar with it. Yet that very familiarity means we often miss what is really here. We are...
Discipleship and Darkness

Discipleship and Darkness

On 18 June 2018 my wife Anne died of cancer. This blog is not about her life and her courage. I know I could never begin to do justice to her extraordinary faith and witness, especially in those final days. This is not even about how I felt at the time. Rather, it...