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).
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46094 [retrieved March 18, 2017]. Original source: heqigallery.com.
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.