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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 […]

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Lectionary New Zealand

18 March 2020

Life is hectic at present with much panic and people looking for wisdom. But those who talk of wisdom and spirituality are bringing it up from broken cisterns, and talking about what is approved by the rulers. Our rulers have not only transgressed the word of God, but they deem it a hate crime. Jeremiah […]

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17 March 2020: Neopagans always lie.

This is the season of Lent, and it leads towards Easter, which refers, as Vox notes, to a German word for resurrection. There are no pagan Goddesses — the date he refers to is an allusion from the Venerable Bede, whose history is like Holinshed. Half myth. One of the earliest appearances of “Easter” in […]

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Christianity Lectionary Theology

16 March 2020.

I submit that the worship of science is an idol of this age and an antichrist. By going for a mechanical universe and an economic understanding of the human condition, we have fallen short of understanding truth, beauty and the world we can see. Materialism, in both its libertarian and socialist forms, is a bereft […]

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Lectionary New Zealand

Lent Sunday 3. (15 March 2020)

We have the snuffles (not a nasty virus, and there is officially no COVID 19 in the South Island) and we will do church virtually. Our church has embraced technology, and this means we can join the community and not infect others. The question at this time is how do we deal with times like […]

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Lectionary New Zealand

14 March 2020 (Let us Praise God and not put him to the test)

A fair amount of preparation is happening int he Antipodes right now: to the point that the notebook of the current virus has had to be updated and updated during the day. But we should have peace. We should see that God is being merciful. For the last times will be brutal, and there will […]

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There is no Jew. There is no Gentile (13 March 2020)

There are tribes of Jews, Ashkenazim included. They exist. But theologically, the Jews are no longer the people of promise: that has moved to the people of Christ. For after Christ, we do not live or rely on the law: for none of us can keep it. We rely instead on Grace. We are the […]

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Lectionary Christianity Theology

What is the famine of this time? 12 November 2020

In the time of the patriarchs, there was a famine and it lasted years. The crops failed and the herds were limited. The sons of Israel had gone to Egypt to get bread. But their faither kept Joseph’s brother back: he thought he had lost his first son and therefore he clung tightly to the […]

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11 March 2020

After making a few typos (now corrected) a few days ago, which one of my mates reminded me of, I’m writing this earlier in the day for tomorrow. The text today is directed not merely for the Jews. The restoration of the Jewish nation was not because of the Jews. It was to glorify God. […]

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10 March 2020: The mountain of the LORD.

We are not always going to be living in a world of tears, but in something that is without evil. We only see glimpses of this, and the prophecy we have today gives us a glimpse of this. It is why the old feel their life is too short, and the mother grieves for her […]