Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Desire; The 'Lie' Within

Desire means a sense of 'lust', a 'want', a 'wish' or something we 'long for'.
1 John 2:16, " For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world."
But what of those desires we have, those things which crawl around in our breasts, making our hearts beat faster ...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

CommUNITY (2)

Ephesians 4:11-14

"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,..."

Saturday, November 24, 2012

CommUNITY (1)

The term community has a two rather poignant meanings, community and society, each can be said to refer to a group sharing a common understanding and often the same language, manners, tradition and law. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness. This cohesiveness is paramount in defining the unity of said community. I find it rather pregnant that the word 'unity' is at the end of community.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Shame, Grace, Repentance

 "Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world (shame) produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter."

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Shame, A Synopsis?

"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."
Mark Twain


Shame is the fear of displeasing men, when a man loves their good opinion more than he regards the judgemnet of God, which would make him humble himself in penitence."Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."  Mark Twain

Monday, October 08, 2012

Shame

■Shame is a destructive emotion, particularly in the church, but also in our culture generally. It is time we started opening up these conversations and banishing shame, which only keeps people trapped in destructive patterns.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

What Luther Said!

Matthew 15:22-28, "...behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Success/Wisdom

Success is a product of wisdom.
Who I am? I am a person created by God, with a purpose, with a personal agenda, and my life is lived out as part of a plan larger than myself, all adjudicated and influenced by God.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Who Am I?

Who Am I?
I could give you a list of properties, attributes and abstract qualities which I believe form and embody the substance and characteristics of who I am as a person. Some items on the list will be the usual fare, age, employment, etc,. Some items would be more ambiguous, items left to interpretation by a reader, but none the less, they would by my estimation be items defining who I am. As it stands it would be a list, a register or roll account consisting of an enumeration or compilation of a set of possible items. It would only represent me on paper, the real me, like the real you, is experiential, like a colour, it would prompt an emotion and a feeling of connection or dislike.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Success

"I suppose them as at the beginning of no meane endeavour,
not a little alter'd and mov'd inwardly in their mindes:
Some with doubt of what will be the successe,
others with fear of what will be the censure;
some with hope, others with confidence
of what they have to speake." John Milton

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Footfalls Echo


What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ayahuasca;Survival

Ayahuasca is used largely as a religious sacrament. Users of ayahuasca in non-traditional contexts often align themselves with the philosophies and cosmologies associated with ayahuasca shamanism as practiced among indigenous peoples.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

What Is the Church?

Matthew 16:19, "...and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Sunday, June 24, 2012

What is the Church? Faith

Faith; this is the great issue of our time and in the days ahead.


If you had faith as a grain of mustard you can move a mountain, but there is not enough faith in the world to move a content Christian out of a pew. Proverbs 27:7, "A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet."

Friday, June 22, 2012

What is the Church? Grace

"During the last year or so I've come to know and understand more and more the profound this-worldliness of Christianity. The Christian is not a homo religiosus, but simply a man, as Jesus was a man...I don't mean the shallow and banal this-worldliness of the enlightened, the busy, the comfortable, or the lascivious, but the profound worldliness, characterized by discipline and the constant knowledge of death and resurrection." Bonhoeffer

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What is the Church? The Will of God

"The movement that began about the thirteenth century (I'm not going to get involved in any argument about the exact date) towards the autonomy of man (in which I should include the discovery of laws by which the world lives and deals with itself in science, social and political matters, art, ethics, and religion) has in our time reached an undoubted completion. Man has learnt to deal with himself in all questions of importance without recourse to the "working hypothesis" called "God." In questions of science, art, and ethics this has become an understood thing at which one now hardly dares to tilt. But for the last hundred years or so it has also become increasingly true of religious questions; it is becoming evident that everything gets along without "God"--and, in fact, just as well as before. As in the scientific field, so in human affairs generally, "God" is being pushed more and more out of life, losing more and more ground." Bonhoeffer

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What is the Church?

This is a question which has been circulating through the Church and un-churched community for some time now.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to speak to the congregation of my church. I was an Elder at the time and our Pastor was encouraging us, as Elders, to take on some speaking tasks. What started as a singular event, morphed into a series of talks, which at this time has not been completed. As with all Churches we were experiencing the usual discontent from certain factions within the congregation. This seemingly is not unusual, but ...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hell; Tweeted and Defeated

*In the Epistles, sin = death and destruction, not eternal torment – Rom 1:32, 2:12, 6:23, 9:22 – no eternal torment
+The death that sin = is an eternity in Hell, we all die once

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hell: Biblical

Biblical


*The overwhelming majority of Bible verses support some form of annihilation; more support universalism than eternal Hell
+Contextually if you approach the Bible with the answer in mind you will always find the scriptural support to shore up your predetermined thought ... if however you go to Scripture with only a question in mind you will find the answer

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hell: Theological

Theological


*Eliminating a doctrine of eternal Hell does not mean eliminating justice, judgement, punishment, and so on
+If our reward is eternity in Heaven, then the only option for justice to be served is Hell

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hell; Ethical/Rational?

Ethical/rational



*Eternal Hell is not in any way restorative – it eternally severs relationship and eternally prevents redemption
+For those who reject Christ in this life ... it is just and appropriate

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Time

Time is a friend ... giving opportunity to heal,
Time is an enemy ... taking unrequited moments
Time passes.

It seems that life is so busy ... the time is so short ... there is never enough ... and always so much ahead.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

As and So

 If anyone has taken the time to read my blog... it will not take long to realize that I have a conservative theological bent. This bent I have towards a tight and literal view of scripture and interpretation places me, in this eras context, as an edgy, uber-conservative. It also means that my views contain some controversial opinions and ideas. The mural I had painted on my bike is an example of that take. It is the cross represented as a balance beam, holding our afflictions and our consolations.
,—"In the world, ye shall have tribulation; in me ye shall have peace."

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Deus Ex Machina

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"
— Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)

Monday, January 23, 2012

The End of the World

It is interesting hearing people talk about the End of the World, especially this year with all the prophecies and calendar events and cyclical occurrences which have seemed to determine that this is the year in which our demise is evident.