Alt*red State: A text of terror brings good news

July 2, 2017

The usual interpretation of the binding of Isaac is that God requires us to sacrifice everything, even, if asked, our own children. But could a contextual awareness provide a different and more life-giving reading?

A reflection on Genesis 22:1-14 given to Sanctuary, 2 July 2017 (AP08). 


Ishmael, Isaac, and the Shared Inheritance

June 25, 2017

In a world torn apart by 'us' and 'them' thinking, the story of Ishmael and Isaac offers healing.

A reflection on Genesis 21:8-21 for Sanctuary, 25 June 2017. Image shows a detail from Hagar in the Wilderness (Camille Corot, 1796-1875, here)


Hope, love, and laughter: The gifts that strangers bring

June 18, 2017

The God of life is welcomed as a stranger, and brings blessing. This pattern is seen throughout the Scriptures; what are the implications for us?

A reflection on Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 by Alison Sampson for Sanctuary, 18 June 2017 (AP06).


Wounded and Scarred - and Here!

May 28, 2017

Are you looking for Jesus? Then turn your gaze to the earth.

A reflection on Acts 1:1-11 given to Sanctuary, 28 May 2017.


Christ is Risen! But where is he now?

May 21, 2017

John's Gospel grapples with a big question: "Teacher, where are you abiding?" Learn the answer here.

A reflection on John 14:15-21 given to Sanctuary, 21 May 2017. Image 'Each Other' courtesy Michael Leunig.


Forgiveness 101

May 7, 2017

What does it mean to forgive and retain sins? And is it an invitation to judge?

A reflection on John 20:19-23 given to Sanctuary, 7 May 2017.


Life on the Road

April 30, 2017

After the resurrection, two disciples met the Risen Christ on the road to Emmaus. Where will we meet him now? 

A reflection on Luke 24:13-35 given to Sanctuary, 30 April 2017. Image shows a detail from Emmaus, by Emmanuel Garibay (2010).


Waiting for the Liberator

April 9, 2017

We are waiting for a liberator: but is Jesus what we really expect? 

A guided reflection for Palm Sunday, inviting you to enter into the story. It draws from Matthew 21:1-11, and was presented to Sanctuary on 9 April 2017.


The King of Hearts meets the Queen of Tarts

March 19, 2017

Jesus revealed himself to all sorts. Who might we listen to now?

A reflection on John 4:1-42, given to Sanctuary, 19 March 2017. Image by He, Qi. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved March 18, 2017]. Original source:


Angry judge, or the face of love? God revealed on the mountaintop

March 12, 2017

The image of God as a harsh and violent judge is pervasive. Like the disciples who go with Jesus up the mountain, many of us hold onto this idea. But this image of God comes, in part, from an older story, a story which predates Jesus. A story that also involves a mountain...

This reflection on Matthew 16:21 and 7:1-9 was given to Sanctuary on 12 March 2017.