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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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New Zealand

Aussie doggerel.

For those who have had fire and flood, some classic Stuff. But, for the sake of all that his holy, do not drink DB. A Pub With No Beer Oh it’s-a lonesome away from your kindred and all By the campfire at night we’ll hear the wild dingoes call But there’s-a nothing so lonesome, morbid […]

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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 […]

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Lectionary

18 February 2020

One of the financial things we need to do is provide mercy but feedback. We should not leave a man without shelter and food — quite hard, given the rents in some of our cities — and we should not oppress such. If, like me, you consider that we are heading into a cyclical recession […]

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Poetry

As one becomes older evolution fails: Poetry.

Eliot was writing in a time of crisis: as an American living among the English, before there was a formal alliance, there would have been a certain distance between him and his neighbour. Not from lack of good will, but a question of loyalty. Yes, the Yanks had helped in the first war, but by […]

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Administration Life Writing

Mail systems, and avoiding the news.

I have an ambivelent relationship with Google, based to a large extent on mistrust. Some of their tools are useful, and many people still use blogger. I have used Youtube to find music for the blog — I don’t for listening. But they make their money out of advertisements, and that is a problem. I […]

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Lectionary

17 February 2020

We got to church today for a bit of a storming sermon. About what we come to church for: to meet our needs or to serve others. At the end of the service the alter call went something like this. “I was one of those guys he’s talking about. I was in year 12 and […]

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Poetry

Sunday Sonnet.

We may not be in Lent, yet, but Hopkins found that the season of psychological torment did not follow the churchly calendar. He calls despair comforting. To give up. To let the disciplines of your commitment fall apart. Instead he takes up his cross, splinters in his shoulder, and marches on. Carrion Comfort Not, I’ll […]

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Lectionary Australia Theology Wokeness

16 January 2020 (Sexegesma, and Post Valentines)

The law of Moses was a law of life, and this is now despised, because many of our elite hate life and hate our species and our nations and our tribes. They often call themselves quite spiritual, wiccan, natural… and if more honest and Australian, Satanic. They choose death. We should not do so. Almighty […]