All creation groans

Hands up anyone who wants this whole Covid-19 thing just to end, be over, be gone? Time is moving on, people are getting twitchy, the novelty has well and truly worn off and disillusionment has taken its place. The good news we are so desperate for seems to be undone in a moment with another grim statistic and so the words of Romans 8 seem more relevant than ever, ‘the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains…’ Today we give voice to our groaning and listen for God’s response.


‘When in Rome…’

So he’s made it, albeit that its been quite a journey. Paul has reached his final destination. His luggage is worn, his passport over-flowing with stamps and visas and the experiences of the past 20 years have taught him to greet every jobs-worth official and border guard with patience and a wry smile. Now one of the great minds of the ancient world who is about to face one final test, the highest court. Yet we find a man who is content, composed: for Paul has nothing to lose & nothing to prove.


As we draw towards the conclusion of our journey with Peter and now Paul, through this epic book, Paul will, once again, recount the story of faith which has determined his life.

The audience may have changed (Paul speaks now to kings and political rulers rather than Jewish ones), but the story and strength of his witness doesn’t dwindle; as it is quite large in him, the seam of faith running through the strata of his life.



This is my story

What do these famous names all have in common? Tina Turner, Jamie Vardy, Rafa Nadal and Gazza? The answer? They all have autobiographies entitled ‘My Story’ (My favourite autobiography title is by footballer Alan Ball, ‘It’s About A Ball’).

Life stories of the famous fascinate us because we get to see what shaped people, what influenced them and made them the people they became.

Today we read the powerful testimony of Paul. Familiar in some ways, but if we listen carefully, we’ll see the influences which truly shaped him.


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