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Matthew in Slow Motion 20

Matthew in Slow Motion 20

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ (Matthew 2:13) Ἀναχωρησάντων δὲ αὐτῶν, ἰδοὺ… Continue Reading

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Reading The Bible

Reading The Bible

I regularly advocate that people read the Bible s-l-o-w-l-y, prayerfully. I encourage the practice of Lectio Divina where I suggest “Use only a small passage of scripture. This is not drinking beer it is sipping a liqueur.” I have been creating a series going through Matthew’s Gospel line by line, word by word (start here).… Continue Reading

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Framing Sunday’s Readings

Framing Sunday’s Readings

Many people may have missed that week by week I have been pointing to introductions to the Sunday readings. Many places tell the congregation what they are about to hear. I think this restricts what we might hear the Spirit saying to the Church, what you might hear the Spirit say to you individually. On… Continue Reading

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Matthew in Slow Motion 19

Matthew in Slow Motion 19

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to… Continue Reading

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Don’t Take the Bible Literally

Don’t Take the Bible Literally

The recent translation of a fourth-century document by African-born Italian bishop Fortunatianus of Aquileia has resulted in a lot of internet (and non-internet) – I’m going to say – confusion. This link leads you to that translation of Fortunatianus of Aquileia, Commentary on the Gospels. Read Fortunatianus here. Dr Hugh Houghton, of the University of… Continue Reading

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Creation Season 2017

Creation Season 2017

In the month of September, and concluding on the feast of St Francis on October 4, many people focus on creation. For Christians, creation is not merely an academic discussion about evolution or not – it is now, much more, seen as an essential part of mission, in partnership with others who share concern for… Continue Reading

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Matthew in Slow Motion 17

Matthew in Slow Motion 17

When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: “And you, Bethlehem,… Continue Reading

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