GOD CAN’T… DIE – EASTER SUNDAY

(Mark 16:1-8) Living forever seems, on the face of it, like a pretty desirable thing period death is generally agreed to be a bad thing, and so that would make not dying a good thing.  Surely it is right to “Rage against the dying of the light,” as the poet Dylan Thomas put it?  Yet…

GOD CAN’T… SUFFER – PALM SUNDAY

(Mark 15:1-39) Theren is relatively rare medical condition (estimated to occur in roughly one in every 25,000 people) called Channelopathy or Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (CIP), which, if you are unfortunate enough to have it, means that you cannot feel pain at all. At first, it might seem strange to describe people with this syndrome…

GOD CAN’T… BE LONELY

(John 3:22-30) “No man is an island unto itself,” wrote the 17th-century poet John Donne.  To which, some 400 years later, the comedian Robin Williams added: “but some are peninsulas.”  They both have a point – hard as we might try, human beings cannot ever be totally independent.  We are made for relationships. This is…

GOD CAN’T… LIE

(Exodus 20:1-17) We have all, I think, been in that no win situation where a friend or, worse yet, a spouse asks us what we think of their new outfit and then they tack on the killer, “now, be honest.”  Really?!  Do you actually want me to be honest, or are you just saying that…

GOD CAN’T… BEAR TO LOOK

(Joshua 1:1-15) The Travel Channel, before it turned into the travel to paranormal locations channel, used to have a show titled Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.   For those of you who have not seen that show or don’t remember it, each week Zimmern would travel around the country and around the world and find weird…

GOD CAN’T… CHANGE HIS MIND

(Genesis 6:6-8; 9:8-17) In October 1980, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher found her government’s economic policy was under severe scrutiny.  Unemployment was rising, the economy was shrinking, and Thatcher was facing calls to change direction.  Her speech at the capitol conservative party conference addressed this unexpected “U turn” with a phrase that would define her…