Five Short Words
(Looking For The Space) Where Imagination And Reality Meet
I just read a post from Huw Thomas. It reminded me that today is Nakba Day. The day when Palestinians remember the forced removal in 1948 of their families from their ancestral homes. This is not just a past event, but an ongoing horror story where Palestinians are routinely abused and refused; victimized and minimized;… Continue reading Today It Is Nakba Day
Another month, another song. Sometime last year, I heard a talk by theologian Ched Myers. He lives in Northern California, near the coast, and was talking about the way that biodiversity in his area has been affected by loss of water. Further upstream, industry is taking so much water off the river that the river… Continue reading See How The Water Flows
Re: My recent post – How to avert the crisis. I just finished this song that seems to say a similar thing: Waterfall She wanted freedom –But there’s was nowhere for her to goIt’s hard to choose betweenA bus ticket and a winter coat See how the water flowsFreely the waters flowBut never to her… Continue reading The Front Of The Queue ?
This morning, I cut my hair and tidied up my beard. The words of a song came into my head, so I went to my wife and said: I almost cut my hairIt happened just the other dayIt was gettin’ kinda longI could-a said, it was in my wayBut I didn’t and I wonder whyI… Continue reading I Almost Cut My Hair
There’s a passage I’ve been reading in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah: The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to make a proclamation of liberty to them— 9 that all should set free their Hebrew slaves, male and female,… Continue reading How To Avert The Crisis
We’ve been watching the series ‘Pilgrimage’ on BBC TV this week.In previous years, the programme has followed a group of celebrities on a pilgrim route – one year it was Rome, another was Compostela, another was Istanbul. This year, they are following the journey of the 6th century saint Columba as he set up Christian… Continue reading In Ordinary And Hidden Moments
I’ve been reading Jeremiah 31 today. The promise to Israel that they will return from exile.The story of exile and homecoming is one of THE MAJOR THEMES in the Bible. A couple of things I noticed: There are various literary devices used in scripture. Among other things, they are designed to make the message memorable,… Continue reading The Last Shall Be First
It’s 8.20 am on Easter Day. We’re not long back from our Easter Dawn gathering on Robinswood Hill.Our practice over many years has been to wake before dawn on Easter Day to meet with other Christians and proclaim Christ’s Resurrection. The traditional ‘Easter Shout’ says it all:Alleluia, Christ is risenHe is risen indeed, Alleluia.Praise the… Continue reading Resurrection Morning On Robinswood Hill
I love it when things come together. To see God’s hand in even the smallest event.For me, this has come in the last few days in my readings in the book of the Prophet Jeremiah. We have just had two weeks that have been very rich with family time, but also full of travelling and… Continue reading Resurrection Is The Last Word
This post is about two ways that the Christian Church typically responds to situations of pain, and how our default settings miss something vital. Part 1: Mercy more than Justice.In the fortnightly online discussion group that I’m a part of we’ve been thinking about ‘The Powers’ that are in play around us, and what a… Continue reading Stories Of Pain And Possibility
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