William Temple on Christianity & Social Order

William Temple

I haven’t read William Temple’s ‘Christianity and Social Order’ but there are excerpts from it in another book I am reading. Some of his thoughts caught my attention. Firstly he outlines what he thinks should be the Church’s impact on society. First, the Church should make its principles known. Secondly, in relation to society the Church should enable those who …

Hidden

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I glimpse you, but you are hidden Hidden in a lingering mist through which I search Search in a longing for mercy and grace Grace that whispers quietly, unobtrusively Unobtrusively while the chains of demand scream Scream, shout, lie Lie in the face of your truth Truth that calls me beyond Beyond cheap joy that falls short Short of the …

The Tibetan Sand Mandala & My Faith

sand mandala

While I’m (obviously) not Buddhist, since seeing it in Samsara, an epic film, I have been quite taken with the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of creating coloured sand mandalas. I have found aspects of the sand mandala that deeply resonate with my own faith and the story of the world as I understand it. Working from the center, out, the creation …

A Year of Slavery

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This evening I will be presenting my last talk for the year on the issue of human trafficking and slavery, specifically, sex slavery. In my work with TEAR Fund I have done many talks throughout the year on this issue, from all girls high-school classes, through to tonight’s presentation to a Rotary Club. I’ve spoken in schools, churches, on the …

Understanding the Dirty Politics NZSIS Saga

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Disclaimer: This isn’t the sort of thing I would normally comment on these days but I thought it might be helpful for some people if I throw a thought into the mix. This is my own opinion and not representative of any organisation or entity I am connected to. Trying to wade through the information, stories and opinions out there …

Psalm 137: Unbridled Anger

Psalm 137

Psalm 137 has some of the most recognisable lines of any of the Psalms. Its opening was made popular through the rather cheery sounds of Bony M back in the day, and its closing words are often used to demonstrate the horror of the Bible. Firstly, while I kind of like the Bony M tune for Rivers of Babylon, it …