Against the judges, for the incarnation [Jn 10]

One of the commentators I looked at said that Jesus made his defense to calling himself God on but one word in the Law, saying that scripture could not be changed. He was referring to Psalm 82, which is about corrupt judges, who considered themselves above others. It is not exactly a psalm that praises … Continue reading Against the judges, for the incarnation [Jn 10]

Act with discipline [I Tim 4].

I don't use the revised common lectionary, but the Book of Common Prayer. So the sermon today was from James: we talked about being doers of the word, and not hearers only, and about the plans of osme of our congregation to go and with Habitat for Humanity in Nepal (Earthquakes resonate in NZ. We … Continue reading Act with discipline [I Tim 4].

Truth trumps “correct” speech [II Cor 4]

I was running last night and thinking about the weekend to come, and what would happen if I said precisely what was in my head. Particularly about marriage, or training young people, or elder-ship in the church. I would eat alone. Which never worries me that much: a long weekend is coming and the boys … Continue reading Truth trumps “correct” speech [II Cor 4]

Faith is not appeasement.

A couple of days ago I slipped a line into a comment, that this blog deliberately finds the third rail in the lectionary and skips down the third (electrified) rail. If the passage makes my head hurt, it goes in. For our faith is simple, but as many have said, the simple is not easy. … Continue reading Faith is not appeasement.

At times, Run, or what we can learn from the hated middle nations.

I was having a chat with the Engineering Diva yesterday. One son is doing medical intermediate next year, a daughter is getting grants for premed at her local college, and the Diva's daughter is thinking of doing medicine. I was wondering what went wrong: why could I not have a tradesman? But the Diva reminded … Continue reading At times, Run, or what we can learn from the hated middle nations.

Shitting in the well.

It's fairly obvious to regular readers that I'm Presbyterian. The new logo comes from a Victorian Presbyterian Sunday School magazine, and I have reformed theology. I'm quite comfortable with the Scottish Book of Order. I love my church. But I also love Anglicanism. I worshiped with them for a while -- they were the local … Continue reading Shitting in the well.