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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 […]

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Lectionary

Our future will be glorious. 25th March 2020

The most glorious of prophecies come from the darkest of times. Those who remain in the will of God are promised a restoration… if we are patient and continue to do good. This is not a time for instant gratification, but for patience. The good we do will be rewarded. We will get through this. […]

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Poetry

Lent Poem

This is the final part of Ash Wednesday. It feels as if we are being forced into Lent by a virus beyond Easter: it is akin to Winter without Christmas. But needs must. VI Although I do not hope to turn again Although I do not hope Although I do not hope to turn Wavering […]

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Life Christianity Lectionary New Zealand

24 March 2020: notes for a lockdown.

In less than 48 hours, on midnight Wednesday, New Zealand goes into lockdown. We won’t be the same during it, and we won’t be the same after it. So what should we be doing? The first thing is that we should pray. That as our churches go virtual, including the home groups that can no […]

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Australia Life New Zealand The Decline Travel Wokeness

This week in reaction

As our society moves into lockdown, there is no point at all warning about COVID. You warn about things before they happen, not when you are in the middle of it. Yesterday everyone in the family got a text from our GP advising us that everyone over 70 and the immunocomprimised should self-isolate. At this […]

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Hardware Administration Analogue

Monday Technical.

With the current viral update, I am in the process of getting everything able to run from home. This includes installing or activating the tools that my university runs on, particularly office 365. My current game is uploading 10 years worth of files onto OneDrive, and seeing if I can break it. In addition, I’m […]

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Lectionary

Utu and Zeal (23 March 2020)

One of the questions that anyone with sense will ask is why are we in this situation? Yes, I know that there are too many managers and politicians making decisions when they are too short for the ride, and the decisions right now are difficult. But why are we in this situation? Here the prophets […]

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Australia Black Swan Green Death Cult Life New Zealand

The ethics of scarcity.

This is about COVID 19 and a nice bit of information: there are ususally around 180 ICU beds for the five million kiwis. If half a percent need them with the current virus, that is 500 per million, or 2500 for the population. There is a reason our leaders are talking about “slowing the curve”. […]

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Lectionary New Zealand

Children of Light (not a Lenten message in Lent) 22 March 2020

I did not plan to be doing today’s lectionary post at noon on Sunday, but things happen. I’ve had to spend the last few days in a multidisciplinary mailing group (now moving to Slack) on how to deal with questions relating to COVID 19. We are in phase two of a four phase plan in […]