Archive for May, 2012

This post is a  little out of order.  We are looking at the beatitudes, a series of connected statements that are part of the core of Jesus teaching on the now-but-not-yet-kingdom that he has come to initiate.  This message was given at our gathering two weeks ago in  much the same way as I sing – without any real notes.  What with having a significant wedding to prepare for and having to then write my message pretty much from memory it has taken a bit longer than I would like.  I am sure you can cope with two post being out of order.  

We move to the second set statements that make up the Beatitudes.  The first set brought us on a journey from spiritual poverty to the desire for righteousness.  The next set of four continue the journey showing us how to live a righteous life.   In practical terms righteousness is showing mercy, be single minded in our devotion and being a peacemaker.  If you want to know what Jesus says a righteous life looks like, that’s it in a nutshell.

Jesus says, ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy’.

So, what is this mercy of which we speak?   (more…)

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“… Christians should live as “internally different” to the dominant culture. They should be well-versed in that culture and its values, but not of it. Instead, they should seek to subvert and shape culture, but never in a way that assumes an entitlement to speak.” (more…)

While I was a way swaning it Melbourne at a  wedding (and a very lovely wedding it was too), David Cook stood in for me at our gathering.  These are pretty much David’s notes that he apseed on to me.  Read and enjoy.  Read and be challenged…

Brian

Today we will be considering Matthew 5:8 and as we do keep in mind verses 6 and 10 where righteousness is mentioned.

Matthew 5:8 reads: –  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (more…)

The fourth of the eight statements of Jesus know as the Beatitudes is “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will be satisfied”.

The beatitudes come in two sets of four.  This the last in the first set and is matched at the other end buy the last in the second set — “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.  The simple point being made is that righteousness is the desired outcome from those who come to him as disciples, as learners.  But righteousness does not come naturally or easily…

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Which of these four men is the Anglican Bishop-elect for Wellington New Zealand?
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