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Poetry

Sunday Sonnet.

Finding the sonnets of Hopkins is a bit of a challenge. But here is another one. ‘I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day’ I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day. What hours, O what black hours we have spent This night! what sights you, heart, saw; ways you went! […]

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Lectionary

22 February 2020.

Again, a one point post. Ahab was a bad king. He was apostate, tyrannical, and he deserved justice. He was prophesied justice. Until he repented, and then he did not see this happen. It was Jezebel and her effete son who died. 1 Kings 21:20-29 20 Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O […]

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Australia Green Death Cult Life New Zealand

Reaction links.

What’s happening? Our news has become tabloid, and the newspeople are less competent, or less funded: the main news failed one night. Missed here: we are not watching. One of the books I picked up on the holiday was about a man who has given up reading the news. He does not listen to the […]

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New Zealand

Friday Fulminations.

Today’s situation is bought to you by the NHS[1]: an organization so toxic that staff take a pay cut to move to the antipodes. Underfunded, Stalinist, and nauseatingly politically correct: they have now broken a fundamental ethical imperative. You don’t choose who you treat. It does not matter who walks in next and how much […]

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Lectionary

21 February 2020

This is a one point post. The law is right and true, but the keeping of the law and the covenant of the law came by faith. The fleshpots of Egypt did not merely have to be rejected: they were destroyed by plague. The remaining elite did not survive the red sea, and the historians […]

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New Zealand

Thursday Reformed.

Further to the discussion about marriage that has been happening, and worrth its own post. Elspeth has had her 26th wedding anniversary. Good on you and your beloved. Right-leaning people are still, for the most part, absolutely clueless about what it’s like out there for both young women and men; especially those who are steadfast […]

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Theology

Thursday reformed: the pagans know God.

In Which our author argues from nature and Valentine’s razor: If the thing is everywhere the same, then it’s probably true. One can worship nature, or one’s self, or one’s tribe, or the ideology of historical progression towards the new post Soviet man or post human. Those who say they are atheist still acknowledge a […]

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Lectionary Christianity Theology

20 February 2020

It is true that the law of Moses was good and true and it inspired by God. Hebrews does not deny it. But that law was a covenant, with penalty clauses. One that none of us were able to keep. We cannot be holy. We cannot even fulfil regulations based on righteousness, which is the […]

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New Zealand

Aussie doggerel.

For those who have had fire and flood, some classic Stuff. But, for the sake of all that his holy, do not drink DB. A Pub With No Beer Oh it’s-a lonesome away from your kindred and all By the campfire at night we’ll hear the wild dingoes call But there’s-a nothing so lonesome, morbid […]

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Lectionary Christianity Life Social Change

Notes on Divorce (19 February 2020)

Today we were invited to a Golden Wedding Anniversary. These events are getting more rare as time goes on. Our marriage rate is imploding, and the amount of dysfunction and despair among both children and parents is increasing. The state interferes with marriage, creating new grounds for divorce, and now divorce, legally, is at a […]