Today is Boxing Day, which in the Antipodes means that there are two cricket tests starting, one in New Zealand and one in Australia, and the Sydney to Hoabart yacht race. It was the day when the servants were given gifts, and it is one of the 12 days of Christmas, for The season of … Continue reading St Stephen’s Day.
One of the bleak parts of my job is that those who will kill lie. A person who is suicidal will look you straight in the eye and say they have improved: a sudden change is a warning sign, for they have decided to die, and are getting ready. A person who will kill will … Continue reading Let us ignore Wil Wheaton.
We have a couple of choices in front of us. The first is if we take courage, or accede to the narrative of this time and fall with the elite into a unity of the damned, instead of a unity of Christ. We can choose to allow the narrative of the corporate state to win, … Continue reading If they seek truth, they are with us [Acts 21]
Yesterday's Sermon was interesting. The lecturer who took it, not our usual preacher (I live in a university town. Half the congregation have PhDs, and this man teaches at the local theological college) started out by noting that modern theologians consider Phillipians to be about division and conflict, and in his work, with one of … Continue reading If not nard, then blood [John 12]
We are at war. We have always been in a spiritual war, but now we are in a physical war. We have martyrs: what our orthodox friends would call neo-martyrs, those killed for the faith, but the Turk our foolish leaders have let in. Knife-wielding attackers interrupted a church service in France, forced the priest … Continue reading May the Marching Season hit Paris Banleaux. [Acts 1]
There is a problem with the progressive idea of religion. That we will evolve, and become more just, more fair, until justice will roll down like a river, and peace will reign. The problem is not the dream. We have that dream: that justice will come, that mercy will be given to the penitent, and … Continue reading A need for righteous Syltherins [Rev 5]
One of the core ideas in Islamic theology and philosophy is an absolute sovereignty of God. That God is not bound in any way by anything: that he can choose to make or unmake as he will, and that if his words contradict themselves it is because that God has done so. That if God … Continue reading Not a metaphor.