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According to John 3:16, God’s love is proved, not by the circumstances of our lives.

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Elsewhere on this blog I have told the story of Rollen Stewart. But, it is hard, when John 3:16 rolls around again in the lectionary, not to be reminded of this strange story. It is a timely tale that has the power to encourage us to walk the way of honesty, transparency, and authenticity.

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The phrase causes discomfort and awkwardness. It seems somehow not quite appropriate in our current context. It carries the taint of discredited colonialism, the hints of harmful hierarchy and Christianity’s tragic history.

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I was reminded last Sunday by John Thatamanil’s sermon what a profound challenge it is to read Genesis 1:26-28 in our current context of global climate crisis.

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Enlarging Our Love:
Or How to Become Christians Who Truly Belong to the Earth
by John J. Thatamanil (posted with his permission)

St. Philip Anglican Church November 10, 2019

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As the sombre observance of Good Friday approaches it is important to reflect on the horrifying reality of the cross which stands at the centre of Christian faith.

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Some Richard Rohr quotes, a few of which found their way into this morning’s sermon on “mercy”, from a book our Thursday morning study group have nearly finished reading; it only took us since 16 February 2017:

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Mediation is an important and valuable skill. What could be more powerful than the ability to stand between separate warring parties seeking a way towards reconciliation?

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(warning – this where I begin to move off into uncharted territory and may be entering a land of interpretive fantasy entirely of my own creation. This practice is sometimes known as “eisegesis” ie. reading into the text an interpretation imposed by the reader rather than seeking to allow the interpretation to emerge out of the text, a practice known as “exegesis” – shock alert: preachers sometimes engage in eisegesis!)

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In the end it turned out to be less difficult than I thought it was going to be.

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