I’ve always enjoyed exploring John’s use of language and how there is within each reading layers of meaning.
Mary turned but she was already facing – I explore what that might mean. It is a more personal approach, albeit recognising the gospel has a much wider socio-political dimension to it which I usually respond to.
Christ is risen – Christ is Lord – they correspond to – Caesar is not! Put in personal terms “Love will win out in the end”
Posterous is closing down at the end of the month and I have transferred everything over to my WordPress site so I will be posting on both sites for now.
10 & 17 March
Forgiveness and reconciliation – the most difficult calling for Christians in contemporary society. We want our pound of flesh and more! Revenge is never sweet– it is an ongoing acid that eats the soul.
Entitlement and self righteous service – Christians offer a counter-cultural approach to human relationships – service is service for its own sake because we are all children of God.
One the one hand they are desperately needed values – on the other they are treated as irrelevant. For us to name them as having value is to pick at the heart of the “I” “me” orientation of our consumer society.
This is to check I can access my new blog,
Feb 24 & March 3
In both these sermons I see the texts addressing our social context and we read our own responses within that framework.
What is lament (130224) if it is not an expression of the way things are and how we corporately try to find our way out.
And again today (130303) we buy in so readily to the blame game and the populist approach of the media to our social ills.
Scapegoating has been a mark of most societies and the cross is often interpreted in that light, but I find following R Girard and others that the cross undoes the scapegoat in the first instant – the penal substitutionary theory cannot stand before it. In each proclamation I point to scapegoats without naming them as such.