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Speaking truth to power

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Just occasionally, with the emphasis on just, reading one of the Biblical stories is a bit like living in reality TV-land but more uncomfortable. Reading Bible stories can be fun and exciting. Hey, who wants TV fiction then? Just get out a copy of the Gospels and get stuck into reading that. Let’s…(Read More)

Abstract theological reflections on hospitality and welcoming the “other” are presently popular in some academic and pastoral circles. It is crucial that these discussions include making a physical place in our lives, families, churches, and communities for people who might appear to have little to offer. Hospitable attitudes, even a principled commitment to hospitality, do…(Read More)

Balance and Benedict

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Commemoration of Benedict of Nursia, (480? – 547?) Founder of Western Monasticism Proverbs 2:1-9 Luke 14:27-33 Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor at certain times, at others, in devout reading. He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to…(Read More)

Separation

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Psalm 5, 6 (Morning) Psalm 10, 11 (Evening) Numbers 35:1-3, 9-15, 30-34 Romans 8:31-39 Matthew 23:13-26 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for…(Read More)

Midwife God

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Readings for Monday, July 9: Psalm 1, 2, 3 (Morning) Psalm 4, 7 (Evening) Numbers 32:1-6, 16-27 Romans 8:26-30 Matthew 23:1-12 O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me, or like a lion they will tear me apart…(Read More)

Psalms 146, 147 (Morning) Psalms 111, 112, 113 (Evening) Numbers 27:12-23 Acts 19:11-20 Mark 1:14-20 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that when the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, their diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of…(Read More)

AM: Psalm 137:1-6 (7-9); Psalm 144 PM: Psalm 104 Numbers 24:12-25 Romans 8:18-25 Matthew 22:34-40 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the…(Read More)

Friday reflections

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Psalm 140, 142 Numbers 24:1-13 Romans 8:12-17 Matthew 22:15-22 “Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, Who devise evil in their hearts and stir up strife all day long.” Psalm 140 Protect me from them Protect them from me Take away the vat of violence…(Read More)

Thursday reflections

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“I do not occupy myself with great matters, or with things that are too hard for me. But I still my soul and make it quiet, like a child upon its mother’s breast; my soul is quieted within me.” Psalm 131 v. 2,3 Frantically searching for solutions to unsolvable problems, Busy chasing after…(Read More)

Paying attention

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‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his…(Read More)

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