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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 …

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two men walked into a temple

Sounds like the start of a corny joke, doesn’t it? But it’s not at all funny, this one. Luke 18 9-14. In his commentary Luke actually says that Jesus told this story to some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on others. A Pharisee – character one, the one who was confident of his own righteousness doing …

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Lazarus and Eleazar

The story of the rich man (classically called “Dives”) and Lazarus has been the stuff of late night discussions and debates. Was it an account of real events and real people or a parable? Our rule of thumb is the statement in Matthew 13.34 that Jesus did not teach anything apart from by parables. The reason for parables seems to …

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wise as serpents

While many or most of Jesus’ stories take strange turns and fascinate the reader, this one takes the cake. It appears that the parables are not to be taken as primers for behaviour! They are often complex, tongue in cheek tales that take us past our normal thinking and categories. They bring together humour, realism, hyperbole, poignancy in a delightful …

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lost sons

Two sons were lost – one still at home and the other in a far off place. The less likely of the two found his way home. The older brother was bound by entitlement and pride and couldn’t find his way back to his father. The younger discovered the release of desperation and was free from the very cords that …

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lost things

Perhaps one of the most frustrating experiences in life – to lose something! The aggravation would seem to be proportional to the worth of the lost item. In chapter 15 Luke recounts Jesus’ 3 stories about lost items – a sheep, a coin, a boy. The occasion, once again, is an encounter with religious leaders who find fault with Jesus’ …