Why the Empty Tomb Matters

Reverend Francis RitchieBible6 Comments

I’ve had a train of thought about the empty tomb and risen Jesus on my mind recently. I’m not sure why. Maybe it has been sparked by the ISIS desire to destroy in order to usher in some sort of bloody (in the literal and figurative sense of that word) end-times battle. I don’t know, but the thought has been giving … Read More

Why NewsLeads?

Reverend Francis RitchieHumanitarian Work2 Comments

I’m a person who loves the Church (obviously) and I’m also a person who loves the media. I see the media as acting like a prophetic voice in our culture; speaking truth to power, critiquing our failings, celebrating our successes and putting a mirror up to who we are. I also think it’s fair to say that the media is … Read More

Lord, Have Mercy

Reverend Francis RitchiePoem, Spiritual Disciplines1 Comment

The poem I have written here is part of my emotional journey in dealing with the violence of ISIS through the lens of my own faith and my confusion around the whole issue. At the heart of my wrestle here is mercy. The poem is messy, but in it I am processing the contrast between ISIS and my own sense of spirituality … Read More

On Stephen Fry’s Response to God

Reverend Francis RitchieMiscellany1 Comment

I’ve been wary of sharing a response to Stephen Fry’s now famous comments in response to a question asking what he would say to God if he were to meet him at the pearly gates. My reason is partly because I don’t think it was that big a deal. He was asked a hypothetical question about a God he doesn’t … Read More

Party Politics Calls

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Recently I wrote an open letter to the New Zealand Labour Party that got a lot of attention – at least it was a lot of attention for this blog, which really isn’t saying much. Even still, it made some people take notice and that led to a few that I hold in high regard, suggesting that I should consider … Read More

Palm Sunday and the Via Dolorosa

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Yesterday was Palm Sunday, which traditionally commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. I’m a big fan of the gospel of Luke and I adore the way he tells the story. He builds the scene in Luke 19 well, with the specific story of the entry beginning in verse 28. In Luke’s gospel people lay down their cloaks as … Read More

Psalm 29: God in the Thunder

Reverend Francis RitchieMiscellany, Psalms4 Comments

Psalm 29

Psalm 29 offers something powerful. It’s no secret that intentional and mindful silence is one of the central practices of my life. It can be too easy to associate that practice with a tame view of God – a safe view of God, and connect it to images such as those given in 1 Kings 19:12 where God is present … Read More