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Life Poetry

Not modern poetry.

It’s Tuesday, and normally I would find a modern poet. Instead, I’m going for a puritan. George Herbert wrote this sonnet when he was 16, and gave it to his mother for New Year’s Day, 1593. Sonnet I My God, where is that ancient heat towards thee, Wherewith whole showls of Martyrs once did burn, […]

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New Year’s Eve, 31 December 19.

Jesus is the light we should live under. If we need to hide what we are doing, it’s generally unwise [1]. Christ says those who follow him don’t do things in alleyways. They confront, at times they disobey the rules of their nation, for we have never been promised righteous rulers. But the Pharisees showed […]

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Lectionary

30 December 19

Our circumstances, as we age, change. Sometimes rapidly. At the beginning of this month a boatload of tourists went to White Island — it erupted, and they were left either in coffins (two have yet to be found) or facing a long recovery. The survivors have filled the burns units in Australia and New Zealand. […]

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Life Poetry

Sunday Sonnet.

If you do not comprehend that the spirit of any age is driven by the forces fallen from heaven, and that this spirit is jealous, you will not comprehend Donne. Or the need for the cross. The modern lexicographers and sophists, calling themselves falsely philosophers, put too much store on reason. It is a weak […]

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29 December 19

The first duty of a mother to her baby is to care for the babe; to nurture, to feed, and yes, from this comes love. But the first duty for a father, even before provision, is to protect his family. The flight from Israel to the diaspora was driven by the tyranny of the foreign […]

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28 December 19

We are told that there are angels there protecting the young and innocent in the faith, and those who make them stumble are the ones accursed. Some do this because they believe that they are more powerful than those hyper-intelligent demonic beings that consist of the spirit of this world. and rejoice in despoiling all […]

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Lectionary music

27 December 19

I would put it to you that there are no good Christians. To be a good Christian you would obey the spirit of God and the word of God completely and without reservation. I struggle with that: my desires and will are at war with God. But this I know: that when I give up […]

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26 December 19

The world does not understand the gospel, and it hates what it cannot understand. As if we are God, and have the comprehension that comes from knowing the source code of creation. It is far easier to damn, to deplatform, to imprison and to execute. And may God forgive their servants, acting on orders they […]

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25 December 19

This day is a time of mass transit, warnings about driving, random alcohol breath checks, and a disavowal by our government and press of the power of Christ and the relevance of the gospel. It is thus our duty, to proclaim that Christ was born of the virgin Mary. Let the world seethe. Let them […]

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Life

24 December 19

Zechariah and Elisabeth had one child, John, who was (as with Sarai) born in advanced age. For nothing is impossible to God. Part of the gospel story is that Mary gained courage to accept the word of God and the Holy Spirit because before that Elizabeth had conceived. Elizabeth gave birth to the last prophet […]