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The Second Sunday of Lent

Genesis 15.1–12, 17–18
Philippians 3.17—4.1
Luke 13.31–5

Conversations between God and Abraham are always worth listening to. You can’t help noticing that God likes Abraham, and talks to him, man to man, and that Abraham talks freely, even cheekily to God. That is not to say that Abraham forgets his place – when God seems to ask for the sacrifice of Isaac, on whom all the fulfilment of God’s promises hangs, Abraham prepares the altar. But the ability to whinge at God, or even to question God, is one that Christian piety has rather bred out of us...

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