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Baptism means being where Jesus is. It places us in the place of Jesus. The New Testament makes it clear that one of the most important ways in which this is expressed is through the fact that we pray the prayer of Jesus as we stand in the place of Jesus. That is, in the Holy Spirit we say, ‘Abba, Father’.Yet where Jesus is, is in itself a many-layered notion. Jesus is in the presence of God the Father and so when we stand where Jesus is we too are in that presence and we learn his...
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Most people think that the concept of God should be easy and that religion ought to be readily accessible to anybody. But in fact, it is hard to think about God.  Many find this puzzling. Surely everybody knows what God is: the Supreme Being, a divine Personality, who created the world and everything in it.They look perplexed if you point out that it is inaccurate to call God the Supreme Being because God is not a’ being’ at all, and that we really don't fully know what we...
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God's ways are not our ways! God cannot be captured in our thoughts or pictured inside our imagination. God is so different from anything we can know or imagine that all of our concepts and language about God are always more inadequate than adequate. God can be known, but never imagined or captured in a thought, because God is infinite and our minds are finite.Infinity cannot be defined.  For example,  if we try to imagine the highest number possible,  we immediately realise...
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There are three kinds of performers: The first, while singing a song or doing a dance, are making love to themselves. The second, while performing, are making love to the audience. The third, while on stage, are making love to the song, to the dance, to the drama itself.It's not difficult to discern who the better performer is. The one making love to the song, of course, best honours the song and draws energy from some deeper place.  And he or she does this by entering into and channelling...
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In speaking of the way we should think about security for the future, Jesus used a curious example - a man who cheated his employer. Luke 16.1-8   But it's the astuteness, not the dishonesty of the steward we are to imitate. Wise people look to the future. They think ahead. Such was the worldly-wise steward. He used his resourcefulness to secure his material needs.Those who try to keep close to Christ must equally look to the future.All the goods of this world are entrusted to us...
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The philosopher and spiritual writer, Raissa Maritain, died some months after suffering a stroke. During those months she lay in a hospital bed, unable to speak. After her death, her husband, the renowned philosopher, Jacques Maritain, in preparing her journals for publication, wrote these words:     “At a moment when everything collapsed for both of us, and which as followed by four agonizing months, Raissa was walled in herself by a sudden attack of aphasia. Whatever...
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Music is the most mysterious of all the arts because the symbols it uses are remote from our immediate experience. In literature we are using words that have a meaning fixed in advance.  In painting we are using forms from the external world with which we are fairly familiar.  But in music we are using tones that seem to have a life of their own, apart from the external world;  and the rhythms seem strangely independent of natural rhythms, though there are analogies here.And yet...
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Jesus tells an unusual parable.  Luke 16.1-13    It appears to support dishonesty.  A steward who manages his master’s estates is accused of wasting his employer’s goods; he is dismissed, but before he goes he must submit his final account.    This gives the steward time to plan his future. He is about to join the ranks of the unemployed and he wonders how he will survive.He can’t face the thought of a labourer’s job or begging on the streets....
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We live in a world in which violence forms much of the news each day.  Yet we hear Jesus saying ‘you must love the Lord your God with all your hearts and your neighbour as yourself.’  Matt 23, 37-39.  This kind of love includes everyone, even our enemies.  Matt 5.44   Love of God and love of neighbour cannot be separated.From the Christian viewpoint, those who love others, but do not believe in God, are none the less honouring him. But those who claim to love God...
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If you have problems with prayer, read on. The God we imagine and then try to meet in prayer is generally thought of as pretty lifeless, dull, flat, colourless, genderless, sexless and lacking in humour, creativity and understanding. We feel that our friends and our distractions are more interesting and life giving than God. We would rather spend time with our friends and our amusements and interests than with God, rather take our chances with them than with God. That is understandable, given...

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