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Christianity Life New Zealand Social Change Wokeness Writing

The week in reactivity.

This week started badly. The activists of the Umma decided to go full jihadi. It got weirder and weirder. A London event was being run to rehabilitate offenders — both the jihadi, one of the two murdered and one of the defenders came from that meeting. The locals stopped the jihadi cold with improvised weapons […]

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Christianity Theology

Thursday Patristics.

The 21 chapters are short, and continuing with the letter from Ignatius to the Ephesians three chapters at a time. Note that there were false teachers, heresiarchs, and those who preach comfort, spirituality, and Satanic lies instead of the true gospel. Nothing has changed. CHAPTER XVI Do not err, my brethren. Those that corrupt families […]

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Lectionary Theology

2 December 19

The passage for this day is difficult, Let us first look at the scholastic commentary. Then (v. 4) he proves that we are all baptized in conformity with the death of Christ, saying, we were buried with him by baptism into death. As if to say: Burial is only for the dead: “Let the dead […]

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Poetry Theology

Sunday Sonnet

This is a time when there has been two jihad attacks, one in London and one in the Hague. The Muslim is taught that he can seek his salvation in holy war. The poet knows better. His sins, my sins, this day, every day, suffice for Christ to forgive me, and that can only be […]

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Christianity Theology

Thursday Patristics.

Public worship is important. It not only makes us unite, but it confounds Satan. Even in time of persecution. It is better to be righteous than talk about it. Our lives are our witness. And for Ignatius, his death was part of this. CHAPTER XIII. Take heed, then, often to come together to give thanks […]

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Christianity Lectionary Theology

25 November 2019

In this time we are to preach God to all. God wants all men, of all nations, to be saved. We are not to define ourselves by our vices or sins, for all have sinned. We are not saved because we are righteous, we are saved because of God’s love and mercy. We are commanded […]

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Christianity Poetry

Sunday Sonnet.

This is one of the better known Donne poems, for good reason. Holy Sonnet 10 Death be not proud, though some have call├Ęd thee Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so, For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow, Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest and sleepe, which […]

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The weekly reactivity

This week locally has been marred by thunderstorms and hail. A woman in Palmerston is having her oak tree taken down after a lightening strike that (praise God) missed the shed where she was feeding the calves. Locally, we have had alternating days of heavy hail and beautiful fine weather. Spring is late, but here, […]

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Christianity Theology

Thursday Patristics.

Ignatius wrote his letters and sent them while he was being taken to Rome, already sentenced to death: to die at the games for the entertainment of the mob. His letters were his last testament in a time of persecution. He did not deny or resile from the cross. We should heed his example. CHAPTER […]

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Christianity Poetry Theology

Sunday Sonnet

The waters of Lethe remove all memory, all guilt, all shame, and all knowledge. In Greek mythology, it allowed a soul to enter into Hades with their guilt expunged. Or return, again. In Chinese mythology, the Goddess of Mercy gives a tea of forgetfulness before the soul is reincarnated: there is a thought, however, that […]