‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’

I came across this in my daily reading the other day. It's from the Old Testament but Matthew in his gospel has Jesus say it, not once, but twice which means it ought to be underlined three times in our Bibles, especially because what Jesus actually says is, 'You don't get this... you haven't understood... Continue Reading →

Definition of Faith?

I’ve been noticing the emergence of a new definition of faith for me. It’s a personal definition, I’m not offering it as any kind of radically new, catch-all, snazzy, jazzy definition. But it might help someone which is why I offer it. (I’m very aware that the Bible gives a very adequate definition of faith,... Continue Reading →

Church: who is in? who is out?

Psalm 24 1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,     the world, and those who live in it; 2 for he has founded it on the seas,     and established it on the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 Those who have clean hands and... Continue Reading →

Understanding the Trinity Part 2

This is a picture of God and how I fit in to the big picture of God (see previous post for further explanation). For me, prayer is like taking time on the sun lounger. Worship is similar. Church is realising that there are other people also on sun loungers (but being the imperfect people we... Continue Reading →

Austria… its just very Austrian!

Okay, it's also a bit "Sound of Music" and generally very Alpine but it's also very self-confidently Austrian. They have a national culture, character, cuisine which they completely embrace. Seriously they DO wear lederhosen, and not just for the tourists. They play long alpine horns (and cow bells) as musical entertainment and every single house... Continue Reading →

Never Let Me Go

Book review Published 2005 and the film came out in 2010 so forgive slight plot spoiler in this reflection (about content not ending). What does it mean to be human? If we had to prove that we had souls, what evidence would suffice? Would it be the capacity to appreciate all create art, beauty, poetry?... Continue Reading →

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