Why? Why? Why? Delilah... But then Samson seems to know exactly what's going on. Being captured is part of his plan. And it all ends badly for everyone.
Samson is one of those biblical heroes that we often only know a little about. He was the strong man with the long hair. But he was a violent bully who led Israel in a time of conflict. Do we get the leaders we need? Or the ones we deserve?
We're joined by the children who took part in our summer holiday club and we baptise Oliver. It's not our usual worship. It's noisy and full of fun!
More. We want more. More and more and more. We seem programmed to hoard. To want more. So when a man comes to ask Jesus to get him more Jesus gives him much more than he was expecting... a row and a parable!
The story of Martha and Mary is well known to many of us, but is this really a story about a big sister being annoyed at beings stuck in the kitchen while her younger sister listens to Jesus. Perhaps there is more to it that that?
Naaman is a powerful man, a commander of armies, but even he with all of that might can't cure his leprosy. He travels on the advice of a servant girl to seek out Elisha. And he gets much more than he expects.
This Sunday, as the church celebrates Pentecost when the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples, we will do what people often do on anniversaries... pause, take stock and wonder, what's next... I wonder what we will be inspired to do and be?
There is an old, old story of a farmer who with great sweeps of his arm scattered seed hither and thither across his land. Each was left helpless, thrown into corners they never chose to go, abandoned on land they never chose to take root: some among thistles, strangled between weeds, helpless over rocks, scorched on pathways and left there, left there to fend for themselves.
When the people returned from exile they rebuilt... but things were not the same as they had been. A new community needed new foundations, just like the new Temple would.