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Reflection for November 17th 2013

Mervyn posts a reflection each week. Please join in; he welcomes comments. The authorship of the second letter to the Thessalonians is disputed by those who have spent their lives studying the letters.  So we must treat the instruction: “If you won’t work, you don’t eat!”, Chapter 3, with some caution.  We don’t know who [...]

Reflection for November 3rd 2013

Mervyn posts a reflection each week. Please join in; he welcomes comments. Zacchaeus was not a nice man, he was a lost soul, living entirely for financial gain;  the sort of man who had no friends:  no one looked up to him except possibly his dog.  He made a profit out of the occupation of [...]

Reflection for September 8th 2013

Mervyn posts a reflection each week. Please join in; he welcomes comments. Life is the storm before the calm.  We owe a lot to Zeno of Citium, chap who lived in Cyprus around 300BCE.  He didn’t live in a barrel (that was Diogenes) or up a pole (that was Symeon Stylites.)  Zeno was the first Stoic;  [...]

Reflection for September 1st 2013

Mervyn posts a reflection each week. Please join in; he welcomes comments. How nice to have one book in the Bible written by a woman!  Many scholars agree that the author of the epistle to the Hebrews was Priscilla, the hostess of the housegroup in Rome.  She and her husband were great teachers but, in [...]

Reflection for August 18th 2013

Mervyn posts a reflection each week. Please join in; he welcomes comments. Luke 12:49-56 is one of those revolutionary passages which churches usually ignore.  Jesus came to challenge the existing order, to turn life upside down for many.  He criticizes people for being able to interpret the signs of the weather but not to understand [...]

Reflection for July 21st 2013

Mervyn posts a reflection each week. Please join in; he welcomes comments. Paul talks to the Colossians about a mystery.  The mystery is that everyone  has something of God within them and that Jesus Christ is the example we should follow to become more God-like.  For Paul, Jesus was the supreme example of God’s presence [...]

Reflection for July 14th 2013

Mervyn posts a reflection each week. Please join in; he welcomes comments. The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 is widely known and its message is widely ignored.  Who, in this story became a neighbour to the man attacked by robbers?  The one who showed him kindness. A totally unrealistic TV program shows [...]

Reflection for July 7th 2013

Mervyn posts a reflection each week on Sunday at 6am for the following week.  You are welcome to join in the reflection, and he welcomes comments. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed, share their burdens.    Not my words but St. Paul’s, in Galatians 6;  worth reading.  According to Paul, Jesus left [...]

Reflection for May 19th 2013

Mervyn posts a reflection each week on Sunday at 6am for the following week.  You are welcome to join in the reflection, and he welcomes comments. This is the day of Pentecost for Christians, or Shavuot in the Jewish calendar.  Amongst other things, Shavuot celebrates the giving of the law by Moses fifty days after [...]

Reflection for April 28th 2013

Mervyn posts a reflection each week on Sunday at 6am for the following week.  You are welcome to join in the reflection, and he welcomes comments. I’ve been thinking about tribalism this week.  Tribalism is the exclusion of people who are “not like us” in favour of people who are “like us”.  In the past, [...]