Jesus the Juxtaposer

Yes, it’s a weird title but just come along with me for a few minutes… One thing I’m noticing as I read through Matthew in my personal devotions is the way that Jesus uses stark juxtapositions. What I mean is this. He says something quite jarring and confronting, and then He says something which at […]

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Fighter – subversion

I love taking songs and subverting or reappropriating the lyrics. Here’s how I’m feeling (with apologies for taking liberties with the text) Until the referee rings the bell (Matt. 25:31) Until both your eyes start to swell (2Cor. 4:9) Until the crowd goes home (1Thes. 4:17) What we gonna do ya’ll? Give em hell, turn […]

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Israel Defense Forces and Social Media

One intriguing aspect of the current Gaza crisis is the way that the Israel Defense Forces are using social media to communicate on twitter, facebook, a blog and, not least, youtube. Whatever you think of what they’re doing (which is, perhaps, another post) they certainly know how to get their argument across in an engaging […]

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John Mason – God’s Not So Gentle Wake-up?

  John Mason is the senior minister of Christ Church NYC, an Anglican church in Manhattan. He’s written the following reflection on Sandy as he watched the city prepare for that terrible storm. Over the last twenty-four hours New Yorkers have been shutting up the windows, stocking up the supplies, including water, and clearing terraces […]

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Reformation Day – 2 Gems from Luther

Yes, it’s Reformation Day and so here’s some Luther. First, the famous speech at the Diet of Worms. Some of this is, perhaps, a little embellished but the guts of it is certainly true. And Joseph Fiennes’ portrayal of Luther is just brilliant. Next, my favourite Luther quote ever – for what I hope are obvious reasons! […]

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The Reason We Are Sent

Great stuff for pastors from Mike Glenn, via Thom S. Rainer The sentence hit me like a ton of bricks. I was re-reading Bonhoeffer’s Life Together when I came across the following: A pastor should not complain about his congregation, certainly never to other people, but also not to God.  A congregation has not been entrusted to […]

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