Our culture of work creates meaning and identity in ways which can be bound up in faithfulness, but which can also risk idolatry and perpetuate the exclusion and suffering of those who cannot fully access the meaning and status it gives. It has strong echoes of the sacrificial cult of the Jerusalem Temple. How, then, might Jesus preach into the sacrificial cult of work and professional achievement today?
A reflection on John 2:13-22 given to Sanctuary, 4 March 2018 (B20)
The healing of Simon’s mother-in-law led her to ministry. But what sort of ministry was it? And what might this mean for our kids - and us?
A reflection on Mark 1:29-39 by Alison Sampson for Sanctuary, 4 February 2018 (B15)
Every child is an icon into the nature of God - but how?
A reflection on Psalm 139 and 1 Samuel 3:1-10 as a prelude to an infant dedication, Baptist-style, by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 14 January 2018 (B12)
When Christ forms us into his own group, judgement holds no fear.
A reflection on Matthew 25:31-46 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 26 November 2017 (AP29). Image shows a detail from Schmalz, Timothy P. Homeless Jesus, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56183 [retrieved November 25, 2017]. Original source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/orangegreenblue/8687493418.
What if we read the parable of the talents economically? A riff on Matthew 25:14-30 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 19 November 2017 (AP28).
Picture courtesy Winkelman, Roy. European Banknote Montage. 2 December 2011. ClipPix ETC. Retrieved November 19, 2017, from http://etc.usf.edu/clippix/picture/european-banknote-montage.html (detail).