Articles from Darrel Hofland's Sacred Spaces

Sacred Spaces 510 – Onesimus

I came across the small book (a page long) of Philemon in the scriptures over the weekend. I read about how Paul meets Onesimus in prison. Spends time with him and then sends out this appeal to Philemon: “He is no longer like a slave to you. He is more than a slave, for he […]

Sacred Spaces 507 – I disagreed with this post:

I read this post from Our Daily Bread during the week.  The piece was entitled United in Christ. Obviously the idea of unity is great… But I disagreed with the writer’s point of view.  (But no disrespect meant in my observation.) The writer said that the gospels didn’t capture Matthew and Simon bickering.  But the obvious reason […]

Sacred Spaces 504 – “40”

I spent some time reading Isaiah 40 this morning. I was encouraged. And thought I could share the piece of scripture with you and highlight some things: “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. 2 “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord […]

Sacred Spaces 503 – The hungry man and Jesus

Sacred Spaces 503 – The hungry man and Jesus Perhaps you know that saying (or some version of it): “A hungry man doesn’t care about Jesus until you feed him.  Deal with his hunger then perhaps he will be ready to listen.” (Picture source: http://religionnews.com/2015/09/24/pope-francis-embraces-washingtons-hun...) Youth ministry today is far different to what it was 10 […]

Sacred Spaces 502 – In my garden…

I am totally enjoying the approaching spring and the signs of life in our garden.  I made this make-shift bird feeder: And I love seeing the birds come and visit it, every morning now, since it’s been up… Our visitors include house sparrows, weavers and doves. I think of this: Jesus said “see the birds […]

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