Learning to Live… Through Jesus, Our Neighbours and Each Other

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At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed him. Songbirds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear him.…Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God?…When…

FAITHFUL PRESENCE

“With’ may be the most important word in the Christian faith” says Anglican theologian Samuel Wells.  In the Gospels we see Jesus being with the people he encounters, mediating God’s grace to them with his own incarnational presence.  For those in ministry, indeed for all disciples, being with people – the troubled, the afflicted, the…

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“The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘Christians’ will become disciples – students, apprentices, practitioners –of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner of human existence.”   [Dallas…

GOD, WORK, AND LABOUR DAY

The idea of work sends mixed messages to our world. ‘Take this job and shove it’ sings Johnny Paycheck (the name seems a bit ironic!). ‘Meaningless, meaningless’ says supposedly wise old Solomen.  ‘What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?’ We use negative terms like workaholic, tedious, and…

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  A good shoe is a shoe you don’t notice. Good reading becomes possible when you need no consciously think about eyes, or light, or print, or spelling. The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.    [C.S. Lewis – Letters to Malcolm]    

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Our lives as we live them seem like lives that anticipate questions that never will be asked. It seems as if we are getting ourselves ready for the question “How much did you earn during your lifetime?” or “How many friends did you make?” or “How much progress did you make in your career?” or…

SUMMER READING

SUMMER READING Here is a short list of books offered for your summer reading pleasure. FICTION The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie.  Runcie is the author of the popular Grantchester Mysteries about an Anglican priest, Sydney Chambers, who also dabbles in crime solving with the local police.  This book is a prequel to the…

A MERRY HEART

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine….”  (Proverbs 17.22) A hotel in Cheshire, England, is offering guests the chance to rent a goldfish to keep them company during their stay.  The Happy Guest Hotel charges guests $5 to have the goldfish, unimaginatively named ‘happy’ placed in their room.  The hotel owner, Jeff Riley, believes…

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Note:  For the next several weeks I will feature reflections by Blaise Pascal from the PENSEES, his vigorous investigation and defense of Christian belief. “Humanity’s sensitivity to trivia, and our insensitivity to matters of major importance, reveal we have a strange disorder.”  (Pensee 9)  

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Your holiness makes you as conspicuous as the sun in the sky. You cannot hide your Christian character. Love cannot be hidden any more than can light. Least of all, it cannot be hidden when it shines forth in action. When you exercise yourself in a labor of love, in any kind of good work,…