I have seen my mother, sisters and beloved over years. They spend a lot of energy keeping friendships going that men generally do not. There appears to be a sense that you must be a good woman, a Lady, and your reputation matters. Because it does. The Samaratan was drawing water not at the times […]Read More → The woman of Samaria
There are some students at my old university who do not understand what a university is for. In my day, when they stopped the engineering Haka group, we voted out the entire student executive. Now we need Don Brash, now retired from politics and running the reserve bank, to tell us this. He is not […]Read More → Linkages from the weekend.
One has to give the council of the Jews a little credit in the time of the apostles. They would listen to those with wisdom. They had their radicals who considered the Torah to be correct but all else myth. These, the liberals in the politics of the time, were those who would work with […]Read More → Do not feed the trolls.
When I read this again I noted that no one dared to join those of the faith, who by now were meeting daily in the outer courts of the temple. To join them was to be aligned with them, and to live by the rules of this new community. Most (if not all) Christians were […]Read More → The glory had left the temple.
The good editors at Social Matter note that Hopkins is underrated and prolific. But not all are sonnets, and not all appeal to my ears. This does. To R. B. Tbe fine delight that fathers thought; the strong Spur, live and lancing like the blowpipe flame, Breathes once and, quenchèd faster than it came, Leaves […]Read More → Sunday Sonnet
One of the great errors the Presbyterian Church made is that it over valued education. This might sound odd, but the insistence that all ministers of the gospel attend a theological college and have training meant that when the universities began to worship research and not teaching the errors taught increased to the point that […]Read More → Credentials are but tools.
Sydney considered those who did not see the stars as causing issues on this world as fools, for great causes great effects procure/and know those bodies high reign on the low. Sydney may be wiser than the modern man, for he considers that there are causes, and reasons, and that we are driven by things […]Read More → Saturday Sonnet
There are those who say that we should be deeply non violent. I have some sympathy with such an approach. It works for small and isolated communities. To sustain it, you have to remain small and isolated. There is a reason the Amish split their communities when they get too big: there is also a […]Read More → In praise of violence.
The lectionary is taking us through Acts and it is almost as if I am reading the local news in parallel. The Authorities are trying to regulate speech and make us quiet, silent, timorous. Mice. Because there are threats, because there are those who will heckle and fight. The social media comments that forced Massey […]Read More → The limits of respect.
The Australian apparently determined that the 25th Million Aussie is… Indian. The project to make the West multicultural continues, apace. It is the reason that the media cannot stand even the most mild criticism. Enoch Powell was right. This will not end well. Whites just assumed that the Asian immigrants would be happy with the […]Read More → Hobbsean quote of the day.