Monday 30th October – Mark 6:53-56  ‘They ran to Jesus’

Many years ago, I heard a story which I think relates to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the courageous leader of the Confessing Church which opposed the Nazis in Germany, and who suffered greatly for his resistance.  He was once invited to speak to a gathering of students, during which event one particularly cocky young chap got up … Read more

Tuesday 24th October – Mark 6:17-29 ‘Nothing changes?’

Today’s passage makes for unsettling reading.  It was once wisely observed: ‘Power corrupts – and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’  We can see this writ large, both in our current world and also in the venal figure of King Herod, who sits at the heart of our reading. All the traits of corrupted power are there: … Read more