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.
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.
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.
Overnight, we have had a bunch of people complain about Don Brash speaking at Massey University and then Mrs May complaining that one of her ex ministers insulted women who wear the burqa. They have offended the saint of tolerance. They must be punished, for tolerance is a jealous god. But this is idolatry. Idolatry. […]Read More → In praise of intolerance
What do we do about those who hate the gospel? Who would destroy us, regulate, and demand that they can lead us? How do we deal with such? We tell them to repent. This is the cure of the hater, the people who are consumed with envy, those who stalk and complain, those who harass. […]Read More → Repent.
The people sent by the Jerusalem wore their vestments uncomfortably. For they had no authority: they were human automata, sent to do what they were ordered to. And that was to find our who John was. For he was new, and the new frightened Jerusalem. They had Romans trying to put idols in the temple, […]Read More → The Baptizer and the Bug Men.
Sunday morning the church had a senior pastor from another bapticostal church come on in and talk about money. We were challenged on the idea of providing for those who come after us, and putting our priorities… not on our bank balances. In all, a balanced sermon. Met one of my mates who has joined […]Read More → The market collapse (to come) will not be a Jubilee.
At present, I am between Churches. This leaves us in an odd position: on Sunday morning we ask “where should we go?”. There is a risk that may be the hardware store, or the mall. (It will not be today: we have plans made, God willing). But the passages are about money and resources. I […]Read More → On giving (with a fallen church)