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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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Theology Christianity

Thursday Theology and Music.

Ask I’m restructuring things back to how they were, Thursday is theology, and we are working through Calvin’s institutes. Which is not as bad as one would think. Because some people find this dry, some music in addition. Theology, you see, imbues everything, Anyone who says that there is not theology in modern hymns has […]

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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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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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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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Green Death Cult Christianity New Zealand The Decline Wokeness

The secular sharia: this week in reaction.

This week has been mainly about getting ready for if we need to shut down things. I have lost hours trying to get the toolkit one needs to work by distance up and running. Travel is cancelled. And the planners are getting ulcers. We should not. The USA have stopped travel from Europe, with good […]

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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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Theology

Thursday reformed: the pagans know God.

In Which our author argues from nature and Valentine’s razor: If the thing is everywhere the same, then it’s probably true. One can worship nature, or one’s self, or one’s tribe, or the ideology of historical progression towards the new post Soviet man or post human. Those who say they are atheist still acknowledge a […]

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Lectionary Christianity Theology

20 February 2020

It is true that the law of Moses was good and true and it inspired by God. Hebrews does not deny it. But that law was a covenant, with penalty clauses. One that none of us were able to keep. We cannot be holy. We cannot even fulfil regulations based on righteousness, which is the […]

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Lectionary Christianity Life Social Change

Notes on Divorce (19 February 2020)

Today we were invited to a Golden Wedding Anniversary. These events are getting more rare as time goes on. Our marriage rate is imploding, and the amount of dysfunction and despair among both children and parents is increasing. The state interferes with marriage, creating new grounds for divorce, and now divorce, legally, is at a […]