[Philemon] A Common Heart

[Philemon] A Common Heart

“So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.” – Philemon 1:17 Here is a letter from Paul, who is now old and in prison. To Philemon, Paul’s dear friend and co-worker in the early church, and to the church who gathered in his home,...
Dry Bones Days

Dry Bones Days

DRY BONES DAYS by Hugh Farquhar The Psalm chosen by the designers of the Lectionary for this Sunday, Palm/Passion Sunday, is Psalm 31:9-16. For reasons I cannot explain, I found myself focusing on verse 10: “My strength fails me . . . my bones are wasted away.” This...
Dry Bones Days

As Much as in All Riches

AS MUCH AS IN ALL RICHES by Hugh Farquhar The Psalm placed in the Lectionary for next Sunday as an alternate Reading is Psalm 119:9-16. I lock on verses 12-14: “I will delight in the way of your decrees as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and...
[1 Timothy] Here I am

[1 Timothy] Here I am

“I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent” – 1 Timothy 2:15 I suppose I could leave this page blank to honour the sentiment of this teaching. Or not! I was first introduced to this verse of scripture between...
Dry Bones Days

The Pole & the Cross

THE POLE AND THE CROSS by Hugh Farquhar This Sunday’s Old Testament Reading for the Fourth Sunday in Lent is Numbers 21:4-9. I always wonder what people hear when this passage is read from the Book of Numbers without comment. As a story, it is what a friend of mine...