... while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. John 1 parallels the creation narrative. In which the Word, through whom all things came into being, shines in the darkness. With winds sweeping; and then all this time later: Word, and things into being, and light. A dynamic God, at work, … Continue reading The time to honor
There stood at the foot of the cross, the women in Jesus' life. His mother's heart broke. A pain incomprehensible. A soldier. Oblivious. A mysterious Mary of Magdala. And, two more women. ... The entire world, drawn onto the cross. And crucified, with Jesus. No more. "It is finished." ... A heart break, rumbling on. … Continue reading Oblivious
I was encouraged on the weekend, to "welcome". To think about how I was welcomed as a new Christian, and to welcome new Christians in the same way. (This was the topic of the sermon at church.) "Welcome" connects directly into orthodox Christian theology. We are welcomed into Jesus, and we welcome Jesus into us. … Continue reading A welcome
The experience of being, the state of the heart, and the quiet moment with God. The moment under Grace, forward, and uncertain, and correct. With thanks ... (Being, is relationship, and doing, stems from being.)
I am astounded at how little we (the church) hear of God's long-term plans, and of esteem (appropriately understood) of our identity. We should be in a community where such conversation and esteem of one another is common place. I think people - and in particular, people outside the church, may well fear the implications. But, … Continue reading A community to believe in.
In high school, I wanted to be a diplomat. I suppose I thought that that would be some time off. For the time, it was math, physics, English and economics. And later, when university came, maybe. But when university came, there were other concerns on my mind. I chose to study Commerce (and Information Systems), … Continue reading Diplomacy, and the church.
An apartment in the Netherlands. And a job. But, no. Take some steps back, and consider what is important. What is more fundamental: It is important to be present. And at home, in Christ. And to be in the church. (And so to be at home, in Christ.) And to serve the church. Ultimately, with … Continue reading Contemplating beauty.
Praise, to the one who appears, in sound, experience, and direction and seek not the experience, but the one who has much more work to do. ... With thanks
My thought of leading a church, is rather a strong heart for leading a church. But this has been on hold, for me. For whatever reason, I have not considered that I should - for the immediate future. And this has been hard, because I am shaped to. I continue to "be" in this direction, … Continue reading Church practice
I find it hard to be mindful. And this morning was one of those mornings. In a moment of inspiration, I decided to open up "A Prayer Book for Australia," affectionately (?) known as the APBA. To Thursday morning: The minister reads, "This is the message we have heard in Christ:" and the … Continue reading Being mindful