John 1: 1-5
Who could explain how a toilet works?
Who could explain how a trumpet makes sound?
Who could or perhaps already has write/written a book?
Who can speak more than one language?
Who understands how Bluetooth works? Continue reading What Song Shall We Sing?
Luke 1: 39-55
As we continue to follow songlines for Advent let’s spend some time thinking about Mary, the mother of Jesus and her particular songline, that the author of Luke’s gospel provides in the infancy narrative. When Mary, no doubt somewhat overwhelmed by her pregnancy and at the mercy of rumour and gossip – the 1stC equivalent of social media – journeyed to visit her pregnant cousin Elizabeth – they shared a moment (to use a colloquial phrase). Continue reading Strength for a Different Future
Philippians 4: 4-7
Today we celebrate the baptism of Lukas Campbell Visser and welcome his extended family to New Zealand. One thing I can say with complete conviction – babies change lives. Yet somehow each year we go through Advent and prepare for Christmas – a celebration that is built around the birth of a child – with no real expectation that anything will change. Continue reading One of Many
Luke 3: 1-6
Since I read Bruce Chatwin’s book The Songlines, many years ago, the way in which the dreaming tracks of Aboriginal lore map the landscape of Australia has continued to interest me. To this day, Aboriginal tribal history is preserved and passed down through intricate song, dance, art and stories of the Dreamtime. Continue reading Life in the Desert
Luke 21: 25-36
Those who are children of the 70’s will be familiar with Kahil Gibran’s Desiderata. Some of you may also have read his book, The Prophet, a series of poems on a variety of topics. In one of those Gibran describes how joy and sorrow are two sides of the same coin. This week I thought quite a bit about how gratitude and grizzles are often two sides of the same coin and by a somewhat lateral process I ended up reflecting on the both/and nature of Advent. Continue reading Gratitude and Grizzles; the paradoxes of Advent