The Power of Basin & Towel

I’ve often wondered how different church history might have been if its universal symbol was a basin and towel rather than a cross. Today, on the eve of Good Friday, Christians commemorate the Last Supper at which Jesus, having taken a basin and towel, washed his disciples’ feet, saying “By this, all will know thatContinue reading “The Power of Basin & Towel”

Footwashing – another Easter symbol

Today begins the three days of Easter. The little-heralded act of Jesus enacting his calling as a servant and washing the feet of his bemused and scandalised disciples is the act that begins the three-day drama of Easter. He said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord—andContinue reading “Footwashing – another Easter symbol”

Reflecting on Maundy Thursday…

When I was a schoolboy somewhere back in the last millennium, there were class monitor jobs that were much sought after – cleaning the blackboard, feeding the gold fish, collecting the lunch orders. The one no-one enjoyed was emptying the rubbish. Things haven’t changed that much – I asked the school kids the other dayContinue reading “Reflecting on Maundy Thursday…”