Amazed by Jesus #10

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The last “amazed” of Mark’s gospel is rather surprisingly not great teaching or great miracles, but silence. In Mark 15 Pilate is amazed, because Jesus keeps his mouth firmly shut as accusations fly. Pontius Pilate was a nasty piece of work.A harsh man, blasphemous and brutal – sacked a few years later for it and […]

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Amazed by Jesus #9

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Mark 12:13-17 I remember the poll tax riots in the UK in 1990. The poll tax was hugely unpopular and a mass demonstration turned ugly and then into a riot on Trafalgar Square. In Jesus’ time the poll tax was a per person tax levied on citizens of occupied territories and was just unpopular. The […]

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Amazed by Jesus #8

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Mark 11:12-25 Last time we were in Italy walking in the foot hills of the Amalfi coast, I picked some figs and ate them as we walked. Delicious! On previous visits to the old family farm in Tuscany, the fig tree often disappointed as we used to go before the fig season had started. I […]

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February 2022 Book list

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Recently David Taylor and I went to an online seminar on the book of Job (the seminar series is called Dusty pages – helping preachers engage with the parts of the Bible that are hard) From that seminar, we are going to do a “Going deeper” session on the book of Job very soon. Suffering […]

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Pray for Europe

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As a family of churches we are aiming to plant 20 churches in the 50 European continent nations by 2050. On Friday 4th March 1900GMT (2000CET) we will be hearing from some of them and praying and prophecying over them. It will be a great opportunity to make an impact with the “prayers of many”. […]

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Zeeland Gospel Plant

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Recently I have been working with Tomas & Nelleke Kikkert who are planting in the Zeeland area of the Netherlands. I’ve been Zooming them on a monthly basis to encourage and help them shape what they are doing. Last month we talked about making their initial Sunday gathering easier to do, so they can focus […]

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Growing Seed

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There’s only one parable that is unique to Mark’s gospel and it’s the parable of the growing seed in Mark4 :26-29. In it Mark uses the Greek word automate (where we get automatic) to tells is that all by itself the soil produces corn. We don’t need to feel any pressure about whether people will […]

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Having a difficult day?

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Mike Betts had this comment to make… Isaac & Annalee are @RMchurches pioneers out in Bolivia. If you think you are having a difficult day, as we all often do, watch this Youtube Video Maybe let it nudge some prayers on their behalf & everyone you know who is pioneering & carving out from scratch.

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