70 or 72? Do numbers count in Luke 10?

There’s a division of opinion about whether Luke wrote 70 or 72 in for the number Jesus sent out. I think it makes a difference and that there are arguments either way. But it seems a bit of a geeky question.

a little pure joy

Thanks to Simon Marsh for posting Sparkling Waters. As he says, “a little pure joy for the eyes and ears.” My own reflection, my play on the water, is filtered through questions of those who feel in the doldrums and those who can’t be still. Stunningly beautiful, fairly typical reflecting water reflecting life never calm playground for […]


Our God and Father, you have revealed to us the secrets of the earth, the sea and the sky.You have enabled us to discover the animal, vegetable and mineral resources of this planet.Teach us now to use them wisely, effectively and to the benefit of us all, so that we may in unity enjoy the […]

>Side by side by God

>Yesterday we played with our text from John 14:15-21 -particularly “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever – the Spirit of truth.” At one stage “counsellor” was translated “advocate” or more obscurely “paraclete”. Both those words carry the meaning of “called to the side […]

Let people be

> “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” ~ Thomas Merton The biggest temptation comes with our children. Their birth becomes even more miraculous when we realise […]