The very hungry mediator

When did you last feel hungry? What you felt, medically speaking, was the effect of your gastrointestinal tract slowly emptying as sphincter muscles push food through the stomach and the small and large intestine. It’s called the migrating motor complex, triggered by release of a hormone called motilin. Next time your tummy interrupts an important …

The fountain of private prosperity

Open a Bible near the centre, and you will find the Book of Psalms. In many ancient manuscripts, the first psalm in the collection was apparently unnumbered, untitled, and printed in red ink to indicate that it frames and prefaces the whole Psalter, Israel's primary songbook. Psalm 1 is both a wisdom psalm, showing us …

Help when I feel abandoned by God

A sermon by Rev Rod Benson, 29 September 2019 Psalm 10:1, 12   One of my favourite fiction writers is William Golding, best known as the author of Lord of the Flies. One of his other novels, The Inheritors,tells the story of Lok and his family, the last surviving Neanderthals in a world where another …

Overwhelmed by negative feelings

A sermon by Rev. Rod Benson, 22 September 2019. 1 John 1:5-2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:17 In his brilliant book, Faithful Feelings,author Matthew Elliott says, “Everything we do, say, and think is, in some sense, emotional. We describe ourselves and our experiences in terms of how we feel.”[1] In the Bible too, most of the main …