The promise of Jesus was that God would speak to his people because we are his friends. We would increasingly grow to recognise his voice.
Of course, the challenge is: do we want to hear? Are we prepared to listen? Are we ready to respond if we do hear his voice?
A young out-of-town couple in a whirl, an old couple, part of the furniture in the Temple, easily overlooked. And a baby.
Luke loves these sorts of people, because he knows that Jesus loves to spend time with them. And it's the way the salvation story unfolds.
It did then, it still does now. As another uncertain new year begins for us.
If you're going to live well, you need to be able to understand Jesus profoundly.
Matthew wrote his gospel so that you wouldn't have to guess, and this week we explore the two titles he introduces in his story of Jesus - Saviour and Immanuel.
If we can get to grips with these, they will change how we see life, those around us and ourselves.
Another Remembrance Sunday when we are reminded of the catastrophe of war, the effects it has on those directly involved, as well as those bystanders who get dragged into it all.
Jesus told his disciples to expect war, but that in the midst of it all there would be reasons to retain hope for the future.
We need to hear it again this week as Russian troops advance on the borders of Ukraine.
As we approach Christmas we prepare for the birth of a baby with a very common name: Jesus. There were hundreds of babies born that year with that name. But what the gospel writers make clear is that while this name matters, the titles of Jesus give us a bigger picture of who he is…
We've spent a long time re-living Ezra and Nehemiah's stories. You would think it would end in success. Surely, all those efforts must end well.
Except they don't. Good intentions need to be undergirded with law.
Does it always need to be like that? Jesus suggested otherwise. He gives a new imagination to see things differently and his Spirit so that we can live in these ways.
It’s a common cycle. We have a profound experience with God and we make big promises. And then it all goes wrong.
Why does that happen and how can we break out of that familiar pattern?
Is there a better way?