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Matthew in Slow Motion 3

Matthew in Slow Motion 3

and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram (Matthew 1:3) As this year the Sunday Gospel readings’ focus is on St Matthew’s Gospel, I thought I’d start some of my personal study and Lectio Divina with that Gospel. [NB. I am… Continue Reading

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Jesus and Divorce

Jesus and Divorce

Inevitably, I’m expecting people to misunderstand the following post. And, sadly, some might even do so intentionally. I’m, in this post, not primarily presenting my own pastoral position in relation to divorce and remarriage in our contemporary context. I want to, in this post, present fairly an exegesis of New Testament texts which interpret Jesus… Continue Reading

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Matthew in Slow Motion 2

Matthew in Slow Motion 2

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers (Matthew 1:2) Ἀβραὰμ ἐγέννησεν τὸν Ἰσαάκ, Ἰσαὰκ δὲ ἐγέννησεν τὸν Ἰακώβ, Ἰακὼβ δὲ ἐγέννησεν τὸν Ἰούδαν καὶ τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς αὐτοῦ As this year the Sunday Gospel readings’ focus is on St Matthew’s Gospel, I… Continue Reading

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Baptised in Paul’s Name (Part 1)

Baptised in Paul’s Name (Part 1)

Sunday’s second reading (1 Corinthians 1:10-18) was almost a Monty Python sketch as St Paul started with declaring he had baptised no one and then remembering more and more names, finally concluding, “I do not know whether I baptised anyone else.” In the midst of this, there was something that stood out for me: Or… Continue Reading

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Church Growth Through Biblical Literalism?

Church Growth Through Biblical Literalism?

A recent article in The Guardian (do read the whole article if you like) concludes, Churches that are theologically conservative with beliefs based on a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster than those with a liberal orientation, according to a five-year academic study. Let me put some points in dialogue with this realisation: To… Continue Reading

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Baby Boy with Three Parents

Baby Boy with Three Parents

A boy was born recently who has DNA from three parents. This post wants us to move beyond the specifics of this particular case, and compassion for these parents, to asking ethical questions, and in particular: are we ready (or at least preparing) for increasingly-complex ethical questions? My own church (Anglicanism in NZ and internationally)… Continue Reading

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Jesus and Allah

Jesus and Allah

Jesus spoke Aramaic. And the word for ‘God’ in his language is ‘Allah’. We have an ancient version of the Bible, the Peshitta, written in an Eastern Aramaic dialect. To be clear, I cannot read these texts and so am reliant on the scholarship of others. The connections between words for ‘God’ are clear. The… Continue Reading

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