Don’t You See the Pretty Clouds

Wisdom is as Wisdom Does

WISDOM IS AS WISDOM DOES by Hugh Farquhar Seventeenth after Pentecost: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a. In this section of his letter, James distinguishes between two kinds of wisdom: “earthly, phony, wisdom” and “loving, authentic wisdom.” Earthly wisdom, in his thinking, is...
Don’t You See the Pretty Clouds

Open the Circle

OPEN THE CIRCLE Year B, Fifteenth after Pentecost: James 2:1-10 By Hugh Farquhar When I was responsible for a time with children at Sunday worship, I sometimes taught them a song called “Open the Circle” by Jack Miffleton. (It’s like a no fail fudge recipe; it always...
ABOUT INTERRUPTIONS

ABOUT INTERRUPTIONS

ABOUT INTERRUPTIONS by Hugh Farquhar The Gospel Reading from the Lectionary next Sunday is Mark 5:21-43. I own a book of cartoons that poke fun at ministers. One of my favourites shows a minister at work in his study at home. His four-year-old son is knocking...
ABOUT INTERRUPTIONS

STORMY WEATHER

STORMY WEATHER by Hugh Farquhar The Gospel Reading in the Lectionary for next Sunday is Mark 4:35-41. This Gospel Reading is a storm story. Mark says that it was “a great wind storm.” “The waves beat into the boat so that it was already being swamped.” It pitched and...
Not as Mortals See

Not as Mortals See

NOT AS MORTALS SEE By Hugh Farquhar The first Reading from the Lectionary next Sunday is 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13. At this stage in the history of the nation of Israel, the time had come to choose a new king. Samuel, the prophet, was led by God to the house of Jesse and...