Contemplations

Reclining in ThoughtThis section does not so much answer questions as meditate on the implications that past and present events and discoveries may have for our attitude to life and the world we live in.

It is not our intention that such discussions should be restricted to people who see things the same way that we do. You are entitled to honestly disagree: but we expect participants to treat one another with respect and present their reasons without being gratuitously offensive: otherwise postings are likely to be cut or blocked.

    Postings in this category:

  • Our Daily Bread The word 'daily' in the Lord's Prayer occurs nowhere else in extant Greek literature. Most scholars agree that this is not the correct translation: but are divided over what it should be. Why is this?
  • God Uses Flawed People If we see someone in a position of influence betray the standards they profess, most of us are not just reluctant ever to trust that person again: we even struggle with our memories of their past good deeds. Should we just write them off?
  • Living with Betrayal On a number of occasions, people I deeply trusted and admired as friends and outstanding Christians have betrayed the standards they openly avowed. The pain of it has at times been like a knife twisted in my gut. Is it possible to ever trust such people again?
  • 3 Steps to Transformation Jeremiah is often known as a prophet of 'doom and gloom.' Yet, in the middle of a passage denouncing Israel's sins and warning of coming judgement, we find this gem of encouragement - a manifesto concerning the true source of fulfilment in life and God's agenda for bringing us into that place.
  • The ‘Connectedness’ of God One of the hardest things for us to comprehend is what it really feels like to be someone else. If I bang my finger, I am in agony: but if you break your leg I can't feel it. I can only try to empathize. For us, that is probably just as well. But there is someone who can truly understand...
  • Why Does God Hide? It is a question that's been asked, not just by agnostics and atheists, but many a disappointed enquirer and even many believers, frustrated by God's seeming inaccessibility. There's no single answer appropriate for every case: but I'd like to offer one key thought that can help our understanding
  • Finding Wisdom in Unexpected People A recent discussion in LinkedIn’s ‘Books and Authors’ group raised questions about the proliferation of books and blogs, some of which are by people of very limited literary ability; and it got me reminiscing about someone I met many years ago…
  • Love needs a Champion The Song of Solomon declares that: “Love is strong as death ... Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away." And the apostle Paul says that it... “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” And yet love has an intrinsic weakness: it cannot compel; because love, to be love at all, must be a voluntary choice.

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