Flotsam and jetsam

Flotsam and jetsam are not everyday terms. Technically, they refer to specific kinds of shipwreck: flotsam (from a word originally meaning ‘to float’) is the floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo, whilst jetsam (from the word ‘jettison’,...

Second Chance

Jesus was once asked (by a rather exasperated Peter, I always feel) “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  (Matt 18:21) I always get the feeling Peter thought he was doing rather well to suggest as many as...

Timing

When I was a teenager and learning to cook, I would read recipes with a fair amount of bemusement. My favourite was the recipe for meringues, which said cryptically ‘whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks that just tip over when you lift the...

Kaleidoscope

When I was a child, one of my favourite toys was a kaleidoscope (a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, coloured objects such as beads or pebbles or pieces of glass.) As you look through one end of a kaleidoscope, light entering the other end creates a colourful...

How to get godly wisdom

The second part of Yan’s sermon on the gift of godly wisdom looked at how we actually acquire such wisdom! Our growth in wisdom is largely determined by our attitude to it. Prov 4:6-8 shows us that we should love, exalt and embrace wisdom; we have to make it a...
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