Churches fighting government over vaccine mandate?

This morning the Sydney Morning Herald reported on opposition to proof of vacination mandates by a number of church leaders including the Catholic Archbiship of Sydney and Anglican Archbiship of Sydney. I think this exposes some stark differences over how different people define “church”. If you define “church” in terms of community, as I andContinue reading “Churches fighting government over vaccine mandate?”

Medical Healing and the Christian

I think it’s a sign of our times that, while I have seen many Christians commenting on the pros and cons of vaccination, I don’t think I’ve seen too many articulate their theology of medical healing for fellow Christians. Once again, much of our practice seems to be happening in a theological vacuum. It shouldn’tContinue reading “Medical Healing and the Christian”

Prayer against the darkness

My inner demons have been getting the better of me lately, so I am trying to fight back. This prayer comes from Saint Ignatius of Loyola: O Christ Jesus when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us toContinue reading “Prayer against the darkness”

The Healing at the Pool

The story of the healing at the pool is told in the Gospel of John: Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabledContinue reading “The Healing at the Pool”

Ritual is not always meant to make us feel comfortable

“For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children.” (Luke 7:33-34) ConsiderContinue reading “Ritual is not always meant to make us feel comfortable”

Jesus healing, Ethiopian style

I sourced this from Sacred Pilgrim where you will find more Ethiopian Christian Art. It’s a real treasure trove. Unfortunately I couldn’t find who the artist was. I find Ethiopian Christianity intriguing as it’s an example of Christianity that survived for millenia beyond the Christendom known to Europeans. You may recall from the book ofContinue reading “Jesus healing, Ethiopian style”

Energy Healing: A Christian Theological Appraisal

ENERGY HEALING: A CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL APPRAISAL Philip Johnson, Copyright 1999 One feature of our postmodern world is the attention given to health and lifestyle issues, such as diet, fitness, mental health, stress reduction, and the treatment of illnesses. Across the twentieth century many major breakthroughs have occurred in medical diagnosis, surgical procedures, and the treatmentContinue reading “Energy Healing: A Christian Theological Appraisal”

Japanese interpretation of Christ healing the blind

Is it obvious I am into Asian Christian art? This painting, “Christ Healing the Blind”, is from contemporary Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe. It is explained as follows: “Christ gently places two fingers on the Blind Man’s eye in blessing, their faces closely aligned. White cloud-like forms emanate like thoughts to guide the healing, the large ‘cloud’ echoing Christ’s floatingContinue reading “Japanese interpretation of Christ healing the blind”