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Blessed are the Hungry

We are familiar now with Jesus’ propensity for shocking or counter-intuitive statements! How could the poor be blessed? How could the meek inherit the earth? And now – how could those who hunger and thirst be satisfied? In the beatitudes Jesus travels into the ordinary human experience and charms it into His Kingdom’s values. We all experience human desire. It …

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Blessed are the Meek

They are? They do? Blessed? Inherit the earth? Again Jesus shocks us with this statement. But we must remember that this is the inaugural speech for His Kingdom in which the rules are topsy turvy, upside down, or as commented by Mike Burns on Sunday at Southside “right-side up” The term meek is not one that we would immediately be pleased …

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blessed are those who mourn

I had never considered the frequency of the theme of comfort in Scripture until this past Christmas’ annual pilgrimage to hear Messiah with good friends. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. I am realizing that this is not just a situational niceness of God or an opportunity for kindness for His people but a part of the great story, the …

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blessed are the poor in spirit

There is a kind of poverty that is a requirement for the full presence of God in our lives and for our full presence in His life. It is known as poverty of spirit. The term “poor” gives us a hint as to what this inner life quality is as we meditate on physical poverty itself. It is the state …

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an imaginarium

The song I can only Imagine has become quite a favourite in our circles. Imagination is a lovely God gift to his creation. While the apostle tells us that we have not seen nor could our heart grasp all that God has in store for us we can certainly start to imagine! N.T. Wright has prompted so many to begin …

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What’s in it for me?

We have had a rigorous look at the meaning of Jesus’ life, and especially his humanness, death and resurrection. In a sense this has been a “Sunday” exercise as we all fall prey at least at times to the dichotomy of life to some version of sacred and secular. Monday can feel like a different day when the meditations of …

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“I feel I am going to roar!”

Having asked “Why did God become mortal?” and “why did Jesus have to die?” the next question we are led to is “why did Jesus have to rise from the dead?” How did that factor into the decisions made in heaven’s back room? Would sin and death not have been adequately dealt with by the incarnation and death of Jesus …

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Heaven’s Back Room

” Do you really think that mere force will deny me my right little king? Aslan knows that in this, I had blood as the law demands. All of Narnia will be overturned and perish in fire and water. That boy will die on the stone table… as is tradition. You dare not to refuse me.” As we allow the Chronicles …

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Athanasius and the “magic deeper still.”

If for C.S Lewis “magic” is simply the way things work and “deeper magic” is humanity’s search for meaning, then “magic deeper still” is the behind the scenes, outside the world, before Creation mystery of the ways things work. This is the domain of the mind of God. Did Jesus come to make us privy to the mind of God? …

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a magic deeper still

In the marvellous children’s classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis cleverly tells the story of Jesus through the character Aslan. In one magnificent passage Aslan discloses something about the witch who is responsible for Narnia always being “winter, but never Christmas.” She has defeated Aslan once and for all, or so she thinks, by killing him on the …