Fasting and seasons of festivals are part of the law of Moses, and that law is good, god inspired, and profitable. So times of discipline and asceticism need to be balanced with times of celebration. Feasting all the time is bad for you, but so is not celebrating. Christ is the bridegroom for the church, […]
Last night we were talking: for we have a grief for the mainline churches. We grew up in such, and they were good. But they now love the world too much, and seek the approval of the woke. The woke will not be satisfied. I was left thinking about the need to return to the […]
While Peter was dealing with Romans, Philip was driven to deal with two groups that were more foreign. He was told to go and walk along a desert road at around noon. You don’t do that. Noel Coward was effete, but he knew this. But Philip was tnen sent to talk to an Ethiopian. Not […]
Dropsy was heart failure: oedema of the legs, decreased walk distance, shortness of breath. Similar things would happen if you had malnutrition or endocrine disorders. Donne is observing the thirst of such, and using it as a metaphor for his desire for God: as if he was without water. He is also referring to the […]
Today, I quote a review of a book that Matt Briggs has read so I do not have to. The moderns do not want proof, they want to justify themselves as God. It is just us mere believers that want proof.
I go to a non-liturgical church, and I don’t believe that the lectionary is necessary. So why am I deliberately, this Sunday, and probably for a while, referring to the Church calendar? I do not think celebrating Holy Days adds to our righteousness or subtracts from it. The Puritans used to strip these things out […]
Have not put music up for a while. Some old stuff — listening to my 2016 playlists.
This year does not seem to be about whimpers, but bangs. Trump has taken out one of the Iranian generals: the left clutch their pearls, between setting up selective outrage about the bushfires that threaten their lattes. All this is designed to amplify a sense of crisis, and remove any power, or more importantly courage. […]
Abram was ten years past what we would call retirement when he was called to leave Haran and go to another land. He sold up and left. His family and nation was left behind, for he trusted in the promises of God. This faith, ridiculous faith, for Sarai would have been beyond childbearing at that […]
I have had some painful conversations with one son. It goes something like this. Son: “I don’t want to get a job because my heart is not in it”. Me: “No, you need to work. Sitting on your bum doing nothing is very bad for you”. Son: “But I don’t like the job”. Me: “If […]