One of the things that happens to any parent is that you suffer. When your child is sick, you suffer. As one of a kid’s favourite movie put is, the worrying does not end. So it is quite understandable that little children were bought to Jesus for a blessing. You pray that all blessings and […]Read More → Never perfect
The Psalm has 19 verses, so the poet continues. This is, after all, a meditation on Psalm 51, and the sexual themes of the penitent date to the psalm if not the poet. But the verse for this is the seventeenth The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O […]Read More → Sunday Sonnet
This Sunday morning I’m stealing the introduction from Brian. He’s writing about George Will, whose career has been in conservative think tanks, talking about voting Democrat in the next election because Trump is a womanizing rube. He is not polite. He causes conflict. He would rather be defeated in dignity. Will does not understand that […]Read More → The fire of God divides.
I don’t do this blog at work, but I do recall what has been discussed and shared. This week. let’s think about psychiatric diagnosis. There efforts in psychiatric nosology, or description of disorders, over the last 30 years has been towards reliability. But the validity of what we are doing is being questioned at the […]Read More → Weekend Journal Club.
Sydney knew the trap he had fallen into. Love was not considered sane by the Renaissance English: it was romanticized as a divine madness. You married for alliance to make families, and if lucky your wife became your lover. Unrequited love was fuel to the poet’s fire, a driver of plots for the novelist. We […]Read More → Saturday Sonnet.
Liturgies can be written or unwritten. All congregations have them: and in all services there has to be a time of confession. We need confession, for we are fallen, and we have sinned. If you say you have not sinned this week, you have seared your conscience, and like an orc, you are less than […]Read More → All are fallen
The media are not on our side: they are the enemy, and they preach the destruction of the church, while celebrating the rise of the pagan, the muslim, and the mocker. They forget that community requires that people live similarly, within one set of customs and manners, what the Maori call tikanga. Tikanga vary from […]Read More → Hope is a virtue
The church is made up of men, and men are sinners, women not being exempt. Within the church there are thiefs, the corrupt, gossips, those who covet power, and those who desire that our children are corrupted. We do not need to like this: it should not be. But this is the state of the […]Read More → Boycott the congregations of Satan
Wayne at Sigma Frame has put a notice out saying that the blog has moved: I am still at the same server but had to do a clean reinstall of WordPress and then back everything up. As part of that the links between the main site broke. I did not realize that most people went […]Read More → Some reorganization.
This is following on from yesterday’s lectionary post, and the alternative is more challenging, for Christ talks about the innocence and faith of little children, and those who destroy it would be better to drown themselves. There is a mention of millstones. By the fruit of their lives you will know them. The number of […]Read More → By our fruit.