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Lectionary music

Death is not the end. (30 March 2020)

It’s not often you quote Nick Cave in the title of a lectionary post. But there is context. We lost, in NZ, the first person to COVID 19 yesterday (Sunday). Now, there are those who noted that we lose eighty odd people every day, but for the family of that woman the death is real, […]

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Poetry

Sunday Sonnet.

I started the Sonnet sequence with the penitential sonnets of Anne Locke, then the Medications of Donne. Both these can be bleak: and most people think that reformed theology is dark, bleak and unremitting. They miss the spark of the divine. There is a comfort in knowing that your soul rests not in any act […]

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Lectionary

Your life is more than your body (5th Sunday in Lent)

All the certainties of the secular realm are falling into a vortex of skepticism, driven by the illogic of intersectionality and a (quite later) realization that the assumptions the Victorian scientists made when setting up their disciplines have little evidence. The politically correct don’t like neo-behavioural biology because it does not meet the needs of […]

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New Zealand

This week in reaction, locked down.

Well, we are in lockdown and I have had the mandatory risk assessment about what duties I can do (which appears to be everything I normally do anyway). On Thursday, the first day of the lock down, we managed to get the work system up and running, and what work needed to be done, done. […]

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Lectionary Christianity New Zealand

Our hope is not in ourselves. (March 28 2020)

I’m now taking a lot more time to get things done, and reading more slowly. Theology matters. We may be silenced — the rules over here are fairly draconian and hate speech regulation, akin to Aussie, is just around the corner — but there will be a restoration. The times after this will glorify God […]

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Lectionary

27 March 2020

I don’t consider myself a prophet but one who reads the prophets, for all scripture is inspired by God and of profit for us. Ezekiel was a prophet, at the time of the exile: after the fall of Judah and Israel, and when many abandoned their family, tribe and faith in defeat. The sins that […]

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Fitness Black Swan Diet Life

Friday Fitness Lockdown.

Let’s start with Mark Sisson, who summarizes what we should all be considering. We are in lockdown here — we are allowed out to exercise but must “stay in our bubble” not letting anyone who we are not isolated with within 2 m of us and not stop and chat. Pools are closed. Gyms are […]

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Theology Christianity

Thursday Theology and Music.

Ask I’m restructuring things back to how they were, Thursday is theology, and we are working through Calvin’s institutes. Which is not as bad as one would think. Because some people find this dry, some music in addition. Theology, you see, imbues everything, Anyone who says that there is not theology in modern hymns has […]

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Lectionary New Zealand

This is not a time to over read things — Lockdown COVID day 1 (26 March 2020)

If you follow the link to today’s revised common lectionary (and you should in NZ: we are in lockdown and we have time) you will find that the other passages today are from Revelations. There are many at the moment who are going full doomster. However, we are in a crisis, and the things to […]

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New Zealand

Wednesday Kipple

I have not quoted this before now on any version of the blog. It is one of the most famous poems. Worth recalling when there is crisis. It is far, far better, when… If in panic and in doubt, Run in circles, scream and shout Herman Wouk It is better to keep one’s head. If […]