Posts by John Barr

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A SPECIAL KIND OF FAMILY

by John Barr

What kind of buildings around the world serve to inspire you? What kind of buildings leave you breathless because of their sheer magnificence and beauty? The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, left me stunned and awe-struck as I rounded a curve after an arduous trip by car from Delhi. Then there was Sikh Golden Temple […]

GOD PROVIDES

by John Barr

GOD PROVIDES My first placement more than 30 years ago was as a lay missionary in Indonesian Timor. Together with my wife and our four month old baby we boarded a flight to Denpasar and then Kupang with around 50 kilos of luggage and nothing much more. The rest of our belongings were to follow […]

A REMARKABLE STORY

by John Barr

Today we focus on the remarkable story of Mary and Martha. We read this in Luke 10:38-42. Mary and Martha are sisters. But that’s where the similarity ends, it seems. Mary is cool and collected. Martha is anxious and distracted. And this becomes particularly obvious as Jesus is welcomed into their home. Mary welcomes the […]

JON SNOW FOR PM?

by John Barr

On Election Day I must admit I became rather lost as I attempted to fill in the massive white Senate paper. Instructions were to either number six boxes above the line or number a minimum of twelve boxes below the line. My attention was drawn to below the line. But I must admit I ran […]

FOLLOWING JESUS TODAY

by John Barr

When Omar Mateen stormed the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando USA last Sunday with an AR-15 type rifle and a handgun what was he on about? Was it an absurd passion for Islamic State or a bizarre longing for the establishment of a fundamentalist Muslim Caliphate? Or was it a sinister hatred for gay people and […]

A FUNERAL TO REMEMBER

by John Barr

Today’s reading from Luke’s Gospel is simply an amazing one. Here Jesus interrupts a funeral possession to raise a young man back to life. What an incredible, unforgettable story! Two things stand out for me: Firstly, Jesus has compassion. When he encounters the grieving mother Jesus is deeply moved by her predicament. It’s a “gut-wrenching”, […]

AN AMAZING DAY!

by John Barr

AN AMAZING DAY! Wind is a powerful image. In earlier times, seafarers relied on the wind to navigate the seas. Indeed, it was the wind that brought my ancestors in a tiny ship to this country. And it’s the wind that we now rely on for much needed renewable energy supplies. So, it’s appropriate the […]

ASCENSION

by John Barr

Thursday 5th May is Ascension Day. The term “ascension” comes from the word “to ascend” and Luke tells us that on this 40th day after Easter Jesus was “lifted up”, Jesus was “carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:49). For centuries Christians have acknowledged and celebrated this amazing event. It comes just ten days before the […]

LOVING YOUR ENEMIES

by John Barr

Have you ever nursed yourself to sleep carrying vengeful, punitive thoughts towards those who hurt you, upset you or annoy you? When someone does you wrong, when someone makes life hard for you, indeed when someone constantly irritates, undermines or simply “gets to you”, it’s natural to be angry, to want to curse or get […]

THE RULE OF THREE

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“Omne trium perfectum” – the “rule of three” is a principle suggesting things come in threes. “Liberte, egalite, fraternite” cried the French revolutionaries. In Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge receives visits from three spirits: The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. C.S.Lewis’ timeless […]