self-critique

A few one-liners: God’s people are to judge themselves before they judge the world. Individual believers are to judge themselves before they judge other believers. One can believe in self-critique and still be a social justice advocate. Indeed, the causes of social justice may actually bear more fruit when advanced by individuals and communities that… Continue reading self-critique

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watching myself do

Sin, by nature, is deceitful. Whether small and momentary or large and engrained, our sin will seek to avoid being seen for what it really is. One way this happens is by externalising. Instead of owning the action, we shift the blame onto that person, that circumstance, that situation… Eventually there comes a point of… Continue reading watching myself do

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liberty and power

In this post, I’m testing out a possible parallel between global society and personal living. In terms of global history, the control of communism was defeated by the freedom of capitalism. What we might call ‘social democracy’ (to the extent that it is truly a) socially concerned and b) genuinely representative of the entire demos/people)… Continue reading liberty and power

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resentment & sin

I love my catch ups with my Alcoholic friend. I continue to learn more about Twelve step spirituality and admire it more deeply. A recent gem that’s been sticking with me is the relationship between resentment and sin. In 12-step fellowships it may not be ‘sin’ that they call it, but I am appropriating it… Continue reading resentment & sin

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final revelation

Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.… Continue reading final revelation

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towards better help

In this world, Jesus said, you will have trouble. 2020 has seen its’ fair share of it. Jesus assures us that we can take heart in his act of overcoming the world, but his followers are still enlisted as kingdom-bringers, as much of heaven on earth as possible. Trouble and problems. We humans get stuck… Continue reading towards better help

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possibility and surrender

I met a friendly man today who, learning of my religiosity, asked me about my views on science and faith.  It was a good chat, not too long, and remained wonderfully amicable. The man was, by global and local standards, wealthy, educated and articulate.  At least some of the time, such a demographic can tend… Continue reading possibility and surrender

why so angry

I know almost nothing about the two speakers booked-for-but-now-banned-from the Powerstation in Auckland.  What I do know is that a lot of people are angry about them, their message (whatever it is), and the prospect of them having a platform to share it. All this anger actually piques my curiosity.  It makes me want to… Continue reading why so angry