A prayer for minimalists

UNCLUTTER OUR LIVES By John Birch Unclutter our lives, Lord we have too much, consume too much, expect too much. Grant us perspective; to see this world through others’ eyes than just our own. Grant us compassion; where there is need to play our part not turn aside. Grant us gratitude for what we have, … Continue reading A prayer for minimalists

The presentation of Jesus at the Temple

The following slideshow features paintings by various Christian artists from various cultures inspired by the story of Jesus being presented at the Temple soon after his birth. The gospel of Luke describes it this way: When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem … Continue reading The presentation of Jesus at the Temple

A Druid Prayer

A DRUID PRAYER From "A Book of Shadows" by Phylis Curott. Grant, Almighty, Thy protection And in protection, Strength And in strength, Understanding And in understanding, Knowledge And in knowledge, The knowledge of justice And in the knowledge of justice, The love of it And in that love, The love of all Existence And in … Continue reading A Druid Prayer

Violence can’t murder murder

Martin Luther King once said, "Violence may murder the murderer, but it doesn't murder murder. Violence may murder the liar, but it doesn't murder lies; it doesn't establish truth.... Violence may go to the point of murdering the hater, but it doesn't murder hate. It may increase hate. It is always a descending spiral leading … Continue reading Violence can’t murder murder

Conflict resolution as a Christian practice

It strikes me that a lot of the practical matters discussed in the New Testament letters are about conflict resolution in one way or another. The letters might be addressing: social conflict (reconciling divisions, enduring persecution, loving one another, practicing hospitality), sexual conflict (infidelity, care within marriage), financial conflict (lawsuits, freeloading, giving generously), verbal conflict … Continue reading Conflict resolution as a Christian practice

John Chrysostom on the living creation

I have been researching what the church fathers had to say on God's creation and God's creatures. Here are a few words from John Chrysostom (347 – 407): "The saints are exceedingly loving and gentle to mankind, and even to the beasts… Surely, we ought to show them great kindness and gentleness for many reasons, … Continue reading John Chrysostom on the living creation

The Jesus of the left and of the right

I have previously suggested that the Christological controversies of the past live on in modern politics, that many right-leaning Christians seem to have Docetic tendencies (emphasizing the divinity of Jesus at times to the neglect of his humanity), whilst many left leaning Christians seem to have Arian tendencies (emphasizing the humanity of Jesus at times … Continue reading The Jesus of the left and of the right

On the Creation of the World (Victorinus)

Victorinus of Pettau was an Early Christian writer who flourished around 270 AD, and who was martyred during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian around 303 or 304 AD. In his commentary, On the Creation of the World, he observes a number of fourfold correspondences in relation to the created order: “Now is manifested the reason … Continue reading On the Creation of the World (Victorinus)

Another Year

Another Year Another year is dawning!   Dear Master, let it be, In working or in waiting,   Another year with Thee. Another year of leaning   Upon Thy loving breast, Of ever-deepening trustfulness,   Of quiet, happy rest. Another year of mercies,   Of faithfulness and grace; Another year of gladness   In the shining of Thy face. Another year … Continue reading Another Year