The end of Ordinary Time until after Pentecost.

February 23
One more baptism at St Stephen’s, and the final readings set down from the Sermon on the Mount. The Corinthian reading is set in a context of discord and division and Paul’s judgement on that, but I wanted to explore the aspects of holiness as I se them in relation to the baptism of a child. I also draw from some teaching I experienced from Walter Wink about these “non-retaliatory” texts, and I finish with a personal illustration. That part came out of a paper I prepared and delivered at the Theology, Spirituality and Cancer Symposium held at Auckland University last week. I will post links to the full presentation soon.
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Creating a climate for discussion

February 16
Last year Scots was the recipient of a sizeable bequest and we have wondered what to do with the money. After a short time of worship we went into café style discussion groups to reflect on the issues. Here is the offering that helped set the discussion.
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