... 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
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.
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
Also on my bookshelf (re: I organised my books last week), is Improvisation and the Theatre. The American spelling being, theater. I have a history with theatre, and I may also write a small play in the next months, but which is another topic. The Netherlands In short, I am going to the Netherlands in response to a call, … Continue reading On my plans
An excerpt from N.T. Wright’s tome, Jesus and the Victory of God, page 268: “Centuries of Christian usage have accustomed readers of the New Testament to think of “forgiveness” as primarily a gift to the individual person, which can be made at any time. It is, in that sense, abstract and ahistorical, however much it … Continue reading The church is no longer in a state of sin.
To "envision" Jesus is about:looking to the past (the cross and resurrection),through the lens of the Christian historical metanarrative, in order tobetter understand the present, andsee the present anticipation of Jesus' second coming (in question...).Updated (February 4th, 2015):The discussion involves better understanding the cross and resurrection as the climactic events that shaped the present age: … Continue reading To “envision” Jesus.