What comes to mind when you hear the word “supernatural”? Miraces? Angels? I have to confess that don’t particularly like the S-word, as it sounds a lot more at home in the world of Plato than it does in the world of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I find this becomes particularly problematic when it comesContinue reading “Is there anything more supernatural than love?”
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Loving the Unlovable
One of the challenges of church is training to love people whom you have nothing in common with, other than your unity in Christ. This won’t always be the case of course. Hopefully you will come across many others in church whom you have many things in common with. But the irony of church lifeContinue reading “Loving the Unlovable”
Thomas Merton on a Theology of Love
“A theology of love cannot afford to be sentimental. It cannot afford to preach edifying generalities about charity, while identifying “peace” with mere established power and legalized violence against the oppressed. A theology of love cannot be allowed to merely serve the interests of the rich and powerful, justifying their wars, their violence and theirContinue reading “Thomas Merton on a Theology of Love”
Whom my soul loves
This image was reportedly inspired by Song of Songs 3. Upon my bed at night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer. “I will rise now and go about the city, in the streets and in the squares;Continue reading “Whom my soul loves”
People often confuse love with sentimentality. Let me Say, there is nothing sentimental about loving an enemy, or loving an ‘extra grace required’ person. It is hard work. It requires deep commitment and costly forgiveness.
On Loving God
“We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable. When one asks, Why should I love God? he may mean, What is lovely in God? or What shall I gain by loving God? In either case, the same sufficient cause of love exists, namely, GodContinue reading “On Loving God”
What is love?
If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20) I am always challenged by these words.
Moses or Jesus?
Sometimes, when comparing the New Testament with the Old Testament, it is said that the God of the Old Testament is about wrath and judgement but the God of the New Testament is one of grace and love. Personally I find this way too simplistic. Not that I don’t see a significant difference between theContinue reading “Moses or Jesus?”
Justice is what love looks like in public
Have any of you seen the movie Call and Response yet? If not, I highly recommend it, having just watched it earlier this evening. Call and Response is a “rockumentary” highlighting the prevalent but often ignored problems of human trafficking and slavery. If you think it doesn’t effect you, look deep before you get dressed and have your nextContinue reading “Justice is what love looks like in public”
Love: It’s a Literal Thing
Fundamentalist often refer to themselves as biblical “literalists”. Yet there is one saying in the Bible that they steadfastly refuse to interpret literally: love your enemies. So I say, the problem with fundamentalists is not that they’re always too literal, it’s that they’re often not literal enough.