Encanto

Encanto

Disney movies have extraordinary power to enchant young children and to capture their imaginations, so we watched ‘Encanto’ with friends – whose kids are utterly enthralled by it – looking to see if there was anything in it that might help us all on our faith journey.  Here are some of our reflections …  The story…

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Choose

Choose

We all want someone who will save us from the mess we are in and make things right: a new president, a new boss, an inventor of a new solution, or just an opportunity for ourselves to take the reins. That hope is captured in the Hebrew name “Joshua” and its Greek equivalent, “Jesus,” which…

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Winnowing

Winnowing

“I baptise you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but…

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Take off your shoes

Take off your shoes

God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’ (Exodus 3:5) Why ‘take off your shoes’ rather than ‘get on your knees’ or ‘bow your head’ or ‘raise your hands’? Taking off your shoes is surely in part an expression of moving out of one place (where shoes…

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Days of the Week

Days of the Week

The language we use both reflects and shapes the way we think about the world. If we want to identify blind spots and find new perspectives to consider, then comparing the way human beings express the same things in different languages is an invaluable resource.  Let’s take the days of the week as an example. …

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“Lo Hei”

“Lo Hei”

“Lo Hei” is a southern Chinese New Year tradition and the Cantonese pronunciation of the first two characters of 捞起魚生, which means “mixing up the raw fish.” It refers to a sashimi salad that is built up as the host pronounces a series of blessings, before everyone mixes it all together by tossing the ingredients…

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Person and Words

Person and Words

The Chinese character 信 comprises the character for “person” (人) and the character for “words” (言). It can represent “words” from a “person”, such as a message, and – by extension – the medium used to carry those words, like a letter; or the person who brings those words, like a messenger; or communication in…

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The Educated Mind

The Educated Mind

In his book on How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding, Kieran Egan argued that the focus of education should shift from the acquisition of knowledge to the development of understanding. He identified 5 types of understanding: Somatic – our relationship with our immediate environment Mythic – stories of the infinite Romantic – the extremes of…

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Ichthus

Ichthus

The first Gospel to be written opens with this announcement: The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God …ἀρχὴ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου ἰησοῦ χριστοῦ υἱοῦ θεοῦ … (Mark 1:1) And in Matthew’s Gospel we are told why he was named Jesus (which means “he saves”): … you are to give…

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Reflecting on Chris Marchand’s talk about Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas on the tenttheology.com podcast The earliest Christians appear only to have celebrated Christ’s Resurrection (at Passover in the Spring) and his Epiphany (on 6 January). When the 25 December was designated as a celebration of Christ’s birth (presumably to “Christianise” the existing Sol…

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