December 14, 2017

NT Wright a New Testament scholar puts it this way:

"Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection.
Made for joy, we settle for pleasure.
Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance.
Made for relationship, we insist on our own way.
Made for beauty, we are satisfied...

December 8, 2017

The first Sunday of Advent we focused on HOPE.

The second Sunday of Advent, commencing December 10, focuses us toward PEACE.

This often is communicated in multiple ways.

And discussion in these areas as to what kind of PEACE we are gifted with as disciples of Christ...

December 3, 2017

Israel in the decades of Roman oppression had known 7 centuries of oppression - the horrific Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Greek influenced Ptolemies, the Greek influenced Syrians, the Romans.

And yet they have hope. From the period of Roma...

November 30, 2017

Advent is coming.

I love that thought.

Advent is coming.

And yet it has been.  It has been last year and the year before and the year before that and the year before...

We have celebrated Advent for century upon century.

So the weeks of Advent remind me, no - remi...

August 15, 2017

I just watched a programme
about women
not being permitted to drive
in Saudi Arabia

nor do many other things

it prompted this...

When Jesus,
the Word Incarnate
(John 1:1-18)

in a garden
on the first day of the week
while it was still dark

(John 20 context
for Jews...

April 7, 2017

I love Genesis.  

It depicts the beginning of a revolutionary unveiling.  A slow interpersonal unveiling of the ordered nature of the creation and the Creator.

And "in the beginning" the creation was good.  And the goodness echoes on ... Day 1 good, day 3 good and good,...

December 16, 2015

Living in a Chinese Communist University in 1979 changed forever the way I read Genesis.

Those years led me to understand two issues as central:

First

cultural context,
cultural context,
cultural context

was foundational to reading any piece of literature.

If the...

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