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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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Lectionary Christianity Theology

Two prophets. 21 March 2020

When I looked at this I thought: why is one of the bloddy passages of scripture placed next to high theology? Most people know John 1: it is the first part of the NT translated when learning Greek, for reasons (John and Luke have the best Greek of the Apostles, the others wrote in the […]

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20 March 2020

Relentlessly cheerful, I said yesterday, and Stace says that cheerfulness and courage are virtues for this time.. They always are when times are bad. When you have proceeded to turn your ankle 10 km from the trailhead and help, a little muttering helps, but getting on with it helps more. It’s not about feelings. (You […]