Writings

Love Translates Itself

LOVE TRANSLATES ITSELF. The Greeks have four words for love: erotic, family, friend and the New Testament word for the love of God and God’s love for us (agape). Somewhere in the deepest meaning of agape is the embroidery of what life means. I heard Mary speaking in heaven one day in the language of […]

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Reimagining a Resurrection People in a Good Friday World

Introduction Preliminaries I owe title to Bishop John Bayton of the Anglican Church of Australia. Bishop Bayton is a sculptor and painter and creative writer and he was the retreat conductor before I was made a bishop in 1994. I was amazed at his breadth of knowledge and his deep compassion as well as his […]

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The Abiding Genius of Jesus of Nazareth

The Abiding Genius of Jesus of Nazareth: the Universal Pilgrim Introduction “Jesus stepped off the pages of the Gospels into the turbulent winds of history”. I have read and reread the pages of the Gospels more times than I can recall in Greek, the language used by the gospel writers, and translations from it in […]

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Diana of the English: The Lost Princess

She came to the Church, flowing train Prince Charming, Archbishop, vows Faith hope and love’s sweet refrains First years pass, children, fame grows. Protocols of another age rolled aside Determined, reality, red tape slashed World’s stage invites, repels, divides Love’s breakdown, excluded, rejected. Spurned in power, received in weakness Touching lepers, lending fame to causes […]

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I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body and the Life Everlasting. Amen.

This is the last clause of the Apostle’s Creed. It does not say the “resurrection of the soul”. The Hebrew nephesh, sometimes translated as “soul”, means also “life in the body”, “our absolute identity”, “who we really are”, and “the ground of our being.” It is the eternal mark of our identity. Resurrection is about […]

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I believe in the Holy Spirit

Peter Millar has the story of a parishioner who was asked by her vicar if she believed in a God who held heaven and earth, who healed, transformed, liberated and renewed creation. She paused for a moment and then replied, “No, I don’t. I believe in the ordinary God.”[10] God is immersed in the “ordinary” […]

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From there He will come to judge the living and the dead

Samuel Beckett wrote a haunting little play called Waiting for Godot. Godot never comes. Vladimir and Estragon are the speakers in the closing scene.  Valdimir: We’ll hang ourselves tomorrow. (Pause.) Unless Godot comes. Estragon: And if he comes? Vladimir: We’ll be saved. Then, after further conversation while they are still waiting,  Vladimir says: Well? Shall […]

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[Who] suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead.

Jesus is sentenced to death by the Roman overlords. He is led away to a hill called Golgotha, “the place of a skull.” It is aptly named, for here history’s most famous and most-remembered death will occur. The attempt to silence one more independent voice in the human centuries has begun.  The death of Jesus […]

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Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary

The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the most high will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God”- Luke 1:35  This is the nearest that we get to a description of the virginal conception of […]

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I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord

This ‘article’ in the Creed has both names and titles. Names carry personal identity and titles carry recognition and spheres of influence. The personal name is that of Jesus, and it is the key to unlocking the other names and titles, even that of “God”, for us. It is clear that the God of the […]

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