Easter Sunday morning was special for us as a church as we witnessed the baptisms of Christian and Barbara.
We at Headington Baptist Church (HBC) believe the world is a better place with a reformed Oxfam than with no Oxfam, or a degraded Oxfam, or a silenced Oxfam. Therefore, at this difficult time we will be making a financial offering to Oxfam on Sunday 18th March. Seeking justice for the poor is a core […]
Where do I start to describe the “Not just for mothers” event held at Headington Baptist Church in Saturday? I suppose two words come to mind; ‘professional’ & ‘personal’. The whole church had a beautiful ambience of calm & pleasantness. The décor, the craft activities, the pampering room, endless refreshments & the afternoon tea room […]
Water is fantastic stuff, so last Saturday we looked at some of the clever characteristics it has.
Christmas and Equality
Has it ever struck you, as the old joke goes, that Father Christmas is not politically correct because he gives better presents to rich kids. This is, of course, the opposite of the real Christmas story. If you want to understand why our law is based on the idea that all people are equal, then Christmas is a good place to start.
In the real story, God choses a poor carpenter’s family as the home for Jesus—not quite peasants, but not far from it. The mother of Jesus, Mary, quickly realises the political statement God had made by choosing her when she says:
‘He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.’
(The Bible, Luke 1:52-53 NIV)
She is well aware she is a ‘nobody’. She is not rich, she has no power, she lives in an occupied country, she probably had no education, and she was having a baby without being married. The point of the story is that everyone is equally precious to God. God could have chosen as the mother of Jesus a powerful and wealthy queen in a luxurious palace. Instead, God chooses a simple village girl, who is forced to give birth in a stable in a backwater of the Roman Empire.
Just to underline the message, God chooses a group of shepherds as the first witnesses of the event. At the time shepherds were despised. For one thing, they smelt of sheep and, in general, they were also accused of acquiring stuff that was not exactly theirs. True, a group of ‘wise men from the east’ also make an appearance some time later, but the first place they go looking is in the palace. They are amazed when they find ‘The Christ’, Jesus, in a poor, ordinary setting.
Whether or not you are religious, it is a matter of fact that the stories of Jesus have played a massive part in shaping our British (and European) culture and values. The birth of Jesus is not quite as ‘romantic’ as the pictures on our Christmas cards suggest, but much more important – we are all equal in God’s eyes, and that has become the law of our land.
(If you want to know more, see Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism, by Larry Siedentop, 2014)
Image: ‘Madonna & Child’ (Mary & Jesus), outside the Church of St. John and St. Martin, Schwabach, Germany.
Trusting God for the road ahead: Toby, Pippa and family prepare for Nepal.
Fantastic, Festive, Family Fun!
It’s mayhem in Bethlehem on the night before the first Christmas and everyone is busy, especially industrious innkeeper – Babs.
With a cast of three talented actors Babs of Bethlehem is a wonderful hybrid of the folktale Babushka and the classic Nativity story with a dash of Fawlty Towers thrown in! Can Babs (with the help of a traditional supporting cast of shepherds, wise men and angels) slow down long enough to find out what really matters this Christmas?
This LAMPS performance is designed to be engaging and fun for all ages (not just the kids), from 5-6 years upwards to somewhere around 100!
You can view some audience comments and taster snippets of past LAMPS productions on their website.
It has been designed with a running time of around 1 hour and 15 minutes there will be refreshments during the interval.
£10 adults; £5 under 17’s; Family ticket £25 (2 adults & 2 children)
Reserve by phone: 07999590394
Reserve online Tickets
OR buy at:
Headington Fairtrade Co-operative (Formerly known as ‘The WINDMILL’)
104 London Road
Oxford, OX3 9AJ
Chris tells why the view from Shotover Hill is so important to him, and why it confirms God’s faithfulness.