Christmas 8: The Name

Not an unusual name,though a powerful one.Many Joshuas down the street no doubthoped for some of their hero’s kudos:if not the power to bring down Jericho, then at leastthe nod of approval as if they could if they tried.Yet this one would be different. Nofamily lineage dictating the name,but beating wings and the memoryof aContinue reading “Christmas 8: The Name”

Catechism 14

Did God create us unable to keep his law? No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law. (New City Catechism)   The spirit is willing but theContinue reading “Catechism 14”

Lent 29: Wednesday of Fourth Week

The blind, the lame, are let inside; the cursed now are blessed. The king in triumph rides upon a humble donkey’s colt.   The temple tables overturned, the mind thrown into chaos, prophecies are rendered true in ways that chill our hearts.   The unexpected king burns bright with anger at the sham. He knowsContinue reading “Lent 29: Wednesday of Fourth Week”

Catechism 13

Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly? Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed. (New City Catechism)   All this being said – the neighbour languishes where thieves and Levites have left him.   The SamaritanContinue reading “Catechism 13”

Lent 21: Tuesday of Third Week

  Rise from the ash-heap. Rise from Law. Lift your eyes to see –   Turn your eyes to see where calluses and pious scabs abound,   where hearts are hardened, hands dried from much washing which does nothing to purify –   turn. Turn your hearts to purify, turn to the Son, to theContinue reading “Lent 21: Tuesday of Third Week”

Now I tell you (After Rowan Williams’ “Great Sabbath”)

Well, it’s high time that I got down to sharing with you some of the quite extraordinary poetry of former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. When Williams became Archbishop, many were unsure of his theology or what he stood for in his faith. Yet read his poetry and you see that, at heart, he isContinue reading “Now I tell you (After Rowan Williams’ “Great Sabbath”)”