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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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Twisting the Bible like a Nose of Wax

Twisting the Bible like a Nose of Wax

With a ha-ha-gotcha smirk, Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the late, great remnant of Christendom, quoted Romans 13 to justify forcibly removing children from their parents at the USA border. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, also reinforced that all this is biblical. This Bible teaching is famous, of course, in USA, for being used… Continue Reading

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Paul, Apostle of Christ

Paul, Apostle of Christ

Religious movies are very hard to produce. Often, the green-screen is too obvious, the acting is wooden, the dialogue is forced (keeping slavishly solely to what to the speeches and conversations recorded in the Bible is destined to exacerbate this), the miracles can end up looking like they are simply cheap camera tricks, etc. The… Continue Reading

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Growing out of Faith

Growing out of Faith

I had an interesting conversation this week that reinforced my prejudice. My friend talked about looking at the work and textbooks for, say, Maths, Physics, or Biology for senior secondary school students. And then my friend looked at the level of religious, ethical, and philosophical discussion used for similar aged students – that was at… Continue Reading

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Defamiliarise

Defamiliarise

‘Defamiliarise’ is a word that has been echoing in my mind ever since I stumbled on its use recently in a book review. In the image of Christ the King, when a crown is made of thorns, Jesus and the Gospel subverts the concept of royalty. When Jesus reigns from a cross, Jesus and the… Continue Reading

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