Some thoughts for 2013

This is worth revisiting as we consider the year ahead and God’s call on our lives as Christians…

Robin Palmer's space

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5 and Mark 1:14-20


The Gospel of Mark is like a freight train flying through the country on a long straight track. It seems to be in an awful hurry in its account of events.

There is no nice story of angels announcing things to barren or untouched maidens. No census and journey to Bethlehem. No shepherds washing their socks by night all seated by the tub. (You know that ancient version of the carol – a bar of sunlight soap came down and they began to scrub. It’s the English soap makers’ carol from the west coast. Lever brothers’ version!).

There is a divine urgency and the power of the short story writer who doesn’t spend 20 pages telling you about the setting of events and the deepest thoughts of the characters like Charles Dickens.

It’s Mark’s gospel. It’s shorter. And it is fast moving –…

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About robinpalmer

I am a Presbyterian Pastor living and working in Browns Bay on the North Shore of Auckland in New Zealand. We moved here at the end of March 2011 after spending five years in Wellington the capital city. I am passionate about what I do - about communicating and writing. I also enjoy my counselling work, especially with young people.

Posted on December 29, 2012, in Sunday Morning Sermons. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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