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April 5 2016.
I focus into my interior depths and search for an access. I am dropping peace and love and beauty of person through the access to what lies beneath the surface of the selem, the ‘floor’ of the Neshama. It can then drop into the unconscious and fall through into a recoverable infinity. The depths are worked over by Ruach and what happens is the replication of Creation. Creation is always replication. Paul talks about the “mind of God” and Ruach connects with the mind of God in creation. We are always imitating the Creator because we are wired by the Creator. We can do no other than imitate. We are the only ones with the instruments of creation. We replicate ourselves and we are co-creators. This is a true expression of an ontological relationship. Being replicates Being. The unconscious records everything. Nothing is wasted. Every prayer we have ever uttered. Everything that others have said to us and we have thought and said ‘within’: our internal speeches and ravings and tyrannical episodes. The unconscious is the memory pad not only of ourselves but of God’s memory. No secret is unremembered. No detail is too miniscule to recall. Nothing is lost.
Bishop from the Bush
I am Dr Arthur Jones, an Anglican Bishop. I am from the western plains in New South Wales, about 500 kms west of Sydney, Australia. I reflect that bush background. This background has a great respect for core values and integrity and is people-centred.
The right advice
The bishop who ordained me as a priest told me in my first interview with him that I would be all right if I “loved God and loved people”. I have tried earnestly to put that into practice. Bishop Leslie commented several years ago that he was pleased with my efforts to follow his advice. Coming from him that meant a lot. He lived to be 98 years of age and he was the humblest person I have ever met apart from the Nazarene whom we both adored as God’s Compassionate Messiah, the “Man for others” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). I also consider Saint Therese of Lisieux to be a person of credible depth of human spirit and humility before God.
I have been a parish priest, a missionary for six years in Panama, a full-time academic, a diocesan bishop and I have lectured in New Testament in Asia and Latin America (in Spanish).
I lectured in New Testament at St. Andrew’s Seminary in Quezon City, Manila, from 2000-2017. I have great respect for the Filipinos and I have many friends in the Philippines. The citation for my Order of Australia Award (OAM) reads: “For service to the Anglican Church of Australia and as a theological and language lecturer in developing countries.”
A personal touch
If I cannot bring a personal touch to many hearts, then I will not have achieved the aim and purpose of my vocation. I try to bring an accepting and open approach to every person that I meet. I also bring grounded biblical teaching aligned to a passionate interest in people and pastoral ministry. I love beautiful liturgy and both traditional and contemporary music and lyrics.
Purpose of this website
My biblical focus is the writings of Luke in the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles, though the Last Gospel, the Gospel of John, is also a primary focus. I am also deeply interested in the Interpretation of the Scriptures in the 21st Century. This website aims to engage people of similar interests, provide information when it is sought, and to share my writings on biblical subjects and the interpretation of the Scriptures with a wider constituency for inter-action.
I have conducted an International Biblical School in Tamil Nadu south of Bangalore in India. I have written a dialogue-style Commentary on Luke’s Gospel and Acts of the Apostles to meet the needs of over two hundred independent pastors who placed themselves under my care in Tamil Nadu. There is more about this on the website.
I am very orthodox in the core matters of the faith and try to be sensitive to the needs of people and reluctant to make categorical judgments about anyone who causes no harm to others. And even when there appears to be ‘harm’ I am suspicious of hasty judgments until I know more of the circumstances.
My vision is to build more and more relationships. I am colour-blind when it comes to race and gender-free when it comes to people’s opportunities and gifts. I also think that more and more Christians should be biblically informed and any added part that I can play in that would be wonderful, We should be respectful of other Faiths and different Christian approaches but well-equipped to “give an account” of our own Faith, without being overly defensive, I have scripts that I would like to publish on U Tube and the Net in general as well as in print.
Bishop Arthur Lucas Jones B.A., B.D., Th.Schol., M.A., M. Couns., Ph.D
I am a graduate of London and Deakin Universities and I hold an M.A. in Classics from Newcastle University and a Master of Counseling and Human Services from La Trobe University. My Ph. D is from La Trobe University and the title was Jesus as Prophet. My degrees are from Australian Colleges and Universities, except for the Bachelor of Divinity from London University.