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Lectionary 17th April 2019

It looks like the wormtounges are being found out, while those who are of faith are standing taller. The buildings older generations worshiped in may be sold, or destroyed, but the challenge remains. Leave our sin to one side. Shuck off the burdens of our society and their expectations, and run the course set before […]

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Poetry Social Change

Burnt Poems

Notre Dame, April 2019 Life holds out a blackened branch Notre Dame is burning. Where is my heart? Dying in an upstairs room JUlian O’Dea, ANtipodean Poems

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Lectionary The Decline Uncategorised

Lectionary on the burning of Notre Dame.

Today one of the French national treasures and the Cathedral of Paris, Notre Dame, has burned out of control. There are promises to rebuild. The great and the good are horrified. A firefighter battling a massive blaze which has ripped through Notre-Dame Cathedral has been seriously injured, but authorities say the structure has been saved […]

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New Zealand The Decline

Daybook

It appears that the Skeptics are at it again. The high church of Atheism reports, correctly, that that transhuman project is as doomed as cryogenics. But they have no understanding of the spiritual. Of persistent attempts to freeze human bodies for potential later long-term reanimation, Dr Shermer said “I’m not recommending it – it doesn’t […]

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Lectionary

Lectionary Mon 15th April

It is the Monday before Easter. Six sleeps to Easter Sunday: A prayer for today from the Orthodox Church (who probably say we’ve got the dates wrong). Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling allthings, treasury of good things and giver oflife: come; take Your abode in us; cleanse us […]

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Poetry

Sunday Sonnet.

I am repeating this sonnet sequence, in part because it is reformed, in part because it is in English, and in part because it predates Shakespeare, and finally, because Tudor women were tough. These are the biographical facts of Anne Locke’s life: she was the daughter of Steven Vaughan, who was in Henry VIII’s service […]

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Lectionary New Zealand

Daily Lectionary.

It is Sunday, and so the text today is longer, and I am adding the collect. The lectionary remains the revised common lectionary, which is different from the Anglican one, and the texts there differ. THE COLLECTAlmighty and everlasting God, in your tender love for us you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to […]

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New Zealand Sermon Notes

Sermon Study.

I take fairly extensive notes most Sundays when the sermon is on. The trouble is that if you just look at the sermon, and then don’t go back and analyze it, you are selling yourself short. You should search the scriptures to see if what the preacher said was true. I attend a Bapticostal church. […]

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Social Change The Decline

Real Activism.

It is not enough to sit on facebook and twitter and other social media and indicate your thoughts and prayers, to use the appropriate hashtags, and to follow the moral outrages of the day. You will get a dopamine hit from likes and retweets, but nothing will change. To change you have to act. On […]

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Lectionary New Zealand

Lectionary 13 April 2019

One of the very clear things in this fallen time is that if you preach the word of God without fear or favour it is highly likely that your employer will be frightened. I was encouraged to take down a blog last year, and go anonymous. For a season I did not blog the lectionary […]