The story I wanted to tell the children this morning is the story of the world’s politest man. It’s the very first story in my book The Shortest Distance, and so I thought that they – and you - would all be familiar with it. But for those who aren’t, or who have forgotten, let me refresh your memory.
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The second story is the story of Jairus’ Daughter. The first thing to notice about this story is the strange way in which it is told: it is the only miracle story in the Gospels which is broken into by another miracle story, the story of the Woman with the Flow of Blood. Two stories told together, a clear indication of Gemini. Mark (or whatever he or she was called) was so clever! This Gospel, which is almost universally considered to be the least sophisticated of the four Gospels, is actually a masterpiece of construction.
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