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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Recognising New Forms of Christianity

Recognising New Forms of Christianity

I am a Cistercian Associate – that’s akin to a Benedictine Oblate or Franciscan or Carmelite Tertiaries. These are ways of living out the Cistercian, or Benedictine, or Franciscan, or Carmelite charisms – and beyond monastery and convent walls. I recently read Sister Teresa Jackson’s insight that oblates express new forms of Benedictine life: At… Continue Reading

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There Is No Theme

There Is No Theme

Once again, I have had conversations with clergy trying to find a theme in the readings and psalm of the Three-Year Sunday Lectionary. So, in the manner of Throwback Thursday and in some ways continuing from a couple of days ago, I say again: There is no theme. I regularly find this misunderstanding. There is… Continue Reading

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The Word “Church”

The Word “Church”

The English word ‘church’ comes from the Greek word κυριακός (kuriakos) meaning “of the Lord”. κυριακός is used only twice in the New Testament – neither of them in the way we would use ‘church’, and in neither case would we translate it as ‘church’. In 1 Corinthians 11:20 there is mention of a Supper… Continue Reading

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Revising the Lectionary?

Revising the Lectionary?

It’s a hardy annual: someone has a theory how they could improve the 3-year Sunday lectionary. The latest off-site conversation I have had about this was arguing for a fourth year focusing on John’s Gospel. Currently, we have a three-year cycle: one year for each Synoptic Gospel (Mt; Mk; Lk). In the Seasons of Advent/Christmas… Continue Reading

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The Revised New Jerusalem Bible

The Revised New Jerusalem Bible

The Revised New Jerusalem Bible (New Testament and Psalms Edited By Henry Wansbrough OSB (Darton, Longman & Todd, 768 pages) The Jerusalem Bible is an English translation of the Bible published in 1966. It is the text mostly used in Roman Catholic Masses. It was beautifully presented with wonderful notes and introductions. J. R. R.… Continue Reading

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Stephen Hawking Meets God

Stephen Hawking Meets God

There is plenty of debate whether Stephen Hawking believed in God or not. He used the word ‘God’ and spoke about explaining the universe as glimpsing ‘the mind of God’. But he didn’t use the word ‘God’ in the sense of a ‘guy in the sky’ – which is the way a lot of religious… Continue Reading

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Resources for Ordinary Week 12

Resources for Ordinary Week 12

Let us pray (in silence) [that we praise, reverence, and serve God] pause Lord, may we always love and revere your Holy Name, for you never fail to help and guide those you establish firmly in your love; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour who is alive with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,… Continue Reading

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