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For many years now I have been endeavouring in my own tin-pot way to devolve some sort of new theological language for expressing concepts and truths that, in themselves, can be abtruse and abstract. In this book the process continues,…
Throughout the Old Testament, God spoke to his people in many ways. He spoke through the prophets, and he spoke through nature. The words spoken through the prophets were sometimes words of condemnation, at other times, words of encouragement and…
God is Love. God cannot not love me. Even if I ended up in hell, God's love has not changed. It is just that I have chosen to put myself outside his love. There is a light overhead here as…
We are all familiar with movies about a new discovery, and about the thinking and theses of the person who made the discovery. Such people move us all forward, even if only a little. Life is a journey. If I…
Whenever we think of the results of original sin, we speak of so much more than just sin. We must also speak of a sinful condition that leaves us with human brokenness, and the many results of that original Fall.…
There is absolutely no order of priority involved in the titles for these reflections. When it comes to reflecting on the person and the teachings of Jesus, it matters little where we start. I myself find that all I need…
Jesus is like a many-sided prism. No matter from which angle you look, you always see something new. Because he is both God and man, he is Everything in himself. He is totally human, while being profoundly mystical. A mystic…
To get an over-all backdrop to the story of salvation, it would help to read chapter twelve of the Book of Revelations. This is the very last book in the Bible (sometimes called the Apocalypse). These are considered to be…
Love, by definition, is to accept the other where she's at, and to be willing to help her move from there, if and when she wants to move. Incarnation is the story of God coming to us where we're at.…
A friend is one who is connected to another in intimate confidence, out of goodness, for mutual benefit, and independent of sexual or family love. In today's language we say that a friend is someone who really knows me and…
The whole saga of salvation revolves around the fact of a people who had gone astray, who were lost, and who could not find their way back home. From the time of the Fall there was a sense of exile…
It often helps in our understanding of a word, if we know where the word came from, and what is its meaning at origin. Take, for example, the word family. Familia is the Latin for household, and famulus is the…
Through the prophet Isaiah, God spoke of the Messiah he would send, with these words: "Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen...". In his teaching, Jesus said that the greatest in his kingdom are those who serve. Because he…
Some years ago, at the height of the Mao-Tse-Tung reign in China, revolutions were the order of the day. Some high-minded idealists, and subversives began to speak a common language; many of the intelligentsia, especially the younger and more disillusioned,…
'Show me your company, and I'll tell you what kind of person you are', is something that I often heard during my schooldays. I always accepted that as being true. Now, however, when I apply such a criterion to Jesus,…
A martyr is someone who undergoes death for any great cause, and this cause usually has to do with religious convictions, loyalty to the teachings of one's Church, or to correct some glaring injustice. This is very far removed from…
The ultimate sin for the Christian is to lose hope. Because of what Jesus has done, we can live with the certainty that evil can never triumph, even if seen to be successful for a time. The Stalins and the…
It doesn't require any great theological exploration to accept the simple fact that, if Jesus came to save us, if he is the door to the sheepfold, if he is the only Way to the Father, that he should require…