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Christianity Theology

Thursday Reformed.

The current fashion of seeing virtue in what we have done needs to be skewered. An angry atheist seems to understand this, and yes, I’m referring to Ricky Gervais because he reminded celebrities that they live in a bubble, and their virtue is but vanity. Calvin foreshadows this: yes, he knew his Thomist theology, and […]

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Christianity Lectionary

7 Jan 20

I’ve read the Bible for years but did not ever consider that the family I have derives its name from God, despite C.S. Lewis hinting of this when his hero Ransome in “Perelandra” is told that he was named for a reason. What the world has not forgotten is that God made families, and placed […]

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Christianity Life The Decline Wokeness

This week in reaction.

Over the Christmas period I left the laptop at home and did what I needed to do on a cellphone or using notepaper. Family was the priority. Yes, there were blog posts on the lectionary, but these could and were scheduled. The press are looking at the decade ahead, but in the meantime Australia is […]

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Christianity Life Theology

Reformed Thursday.

In which we look at the Institutes, as a correction to modern thought. One cannot work by reason alone, but need the divine, the true, the good. If not for anything else but a plumbline: in this fallen state we are crooked. We are told by the philosophers to know ourselves: this is not a […]

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Christianity Lectionary music Theology

New Year’s Eve, 31 December 19.

Jesus is the light we should live under. If we need to hide what we are doing, it’s generally unwise [1]. Christ says those who follow him don’t do things in alleyways. They confront, at times they disobey the rules of their nation, for we have never been promised righteous rulers. But the Pharisees showed […]

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Christianity Poetry Theology

Sunday Sonnet Sermon.

Over this month the church season has been advent, an awaiting. The secular world has been trying to sell us things while we should be — if we follow the calendar, which is no commandment but a discipline many churches use — in a time of fasting, renunciation. In the old times, the feast started […]

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Christianity Poetry

Sunday Sonnet.

Extinction Rebellion have a bunch of posters up. They say that Demons are extinct animals. This is, of course, theological nonsense, unless you are an animist and a fool. Or a witch. The demonic is real. But we have Christ, who has defeated them. Though our imaginations make the demonic look horrific, in life, such […]

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Christianity Theology

Thursday Patristics

This is the end of the letter for Ignatius to the Ephesians, and here we start to see his spirit as he meditates on the cross, the Virgin Mary. This is the beginning of the theology of theotokos. That in Christ all the spirituality of the pagans, the rites of the occult, are destroyed. For […]

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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 […]