Boastful sterile apostates.
How can we tell if someone is going to be toxic before they have had enough time to wreak lives? How can we prevent bad things happening, particularly in the church? We know that there are those who preach a strange God, or that we should accept this world as it is, and become part […] Read More
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 […] Read More
A centurion, prison and Paul.
The consequences of Paul’s commission to the gentiles are that he became a prisoner in Rome. And he knew it: if you refer to Acts he said that in every port he had prophets telling him that if he went to Jerusalem he would end up arrested, and then go to Rome. This was not […] Read More
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. […] Read More
Cripples who need to walk.
Jesus was not averse to either doing signs and wonders or provoking the pious. In this situation he did both. We have to be careful here — because if and when the spirit moves and things happen often our usual assumptions get challenged along the way. Now Jesus annoyed the rulers by telling the man […] Read More