A correction on Queen’s Birthday [Deut 11]

One of the things that Barry said on Sunday was that God was omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. That our God does not change. Therefore the warnings that were given to the Jews by Moses can apply to us as well. In this time of terror the question should not be if our leaders are stupid, … Continue reading A correction on Queen’s Birthday [Deut 11]

Allah delenda est. [Jer 10]

You read the daily lectionary in context. Today's context is that there has been a terror attack in London. It appears that a man drove through a crowd and then tried to enter Parliament with a knife. As I am writing, the identity of the attacker (who was shot as he tried to kill others) … Continue reading Allah delenda est. [Jer 10]

Faith in Christ, not interfaith. [Jn 8]

The first point of rebellion against the ideologies of any age is to tell the truth. Most people will not be able to handle this: there is a limit to how much truth our self esteem can handle. Of course, wiser ages call self esteem pride, and do not worship it, but this age is … Continue reading Faith in Christ, not interfaith. [Jn 8]

No virtue signalling, again [Mt 23]

I have a pile of symbols on my wall: things I don't wear to work. Greenstone (pounamu) given to me by Tainui when I left for Otago. A cross from First Presbyterian, celtic. And then there is the bracelet or band from this year's Murph challenge on a shelf somewhere. Because I don't wear these … Continue reading No virtue signalling, again [Mt 23]

Righteous, not gentle. [Col 1]

The elite of this world hate Christians and all their works. Because tolerance, because feminism, because any reminder of righteousness is seen as evil. We are deemed haters. We are cast out of the elite: this has happened as much on the right as on the left. There has been a push-back. The tweet below … Continue reading Righteous, not gentle. [Col 1]

Malthus, total war, the West.

There are many people banking on the goodwill of the USA, and the West. Even at war. Even in a war to the knife. That we will not do what it takes to win. Now, I am less sure. A New Zealand General ordered Monte Cassino to be flattened, regardless of culture. There were plenty … Continue reading Malthus, total war, the West.

Anti offence rules are hate speech.

This is going to be very short. My thesis is that the tendency to try to tiptoe around the sensitivities of people will not work. It will not work because there are systems of theology and philosophy that are antithetical to each other, and Hegel got it wrong. There is no synthesis: there is just … Continue reading Anti offence rules are hate speech.

If saying the hope of the world is Christ is hate speech, say it anyway.

There is a lot of noise at the moment about the Commonwealth Games. The festival -- together with a local soccer team beating West Ham in a friendly -- is on the front page of the herald, followed by publicity of the two acceptable wars: accusing the Russians of covering up or interfering in the … Continue reading If saying the hope of the world is Christ is hate speech, say it anyway.

Our trust is not in buildings, nor the institutions. [Time for a confessing church]

I don't choose the passages I quote. I am saying this because Jesus is talking about the temple and how it will be destroyed, and I live in a town where my employer is about to do a temple-like set of rebuilds. Including moving my department from leased, leaky buildings (and with increasing rents as … Continue reading Our trust is not in buildings, nor the institutions. [Time for a confessing church]

Enjoy the decline.

Most people have difficulty believing that this is scripture, that this is wisdom. When they read this they think "if this is wisdom, I don't want it". It is relenetlessly bleak: you are all going to end up tn the grave, what you do here will not matter, and if you do right you will … Continue reading Enjoy the decline.