Posts Tagged ‘Passover’

Christ in Gethsemane - Michael O'BrienIntroduction

Today’s reading begins in the middle of the night and ends early the next evening, a period of no less than eighteen hours, probably more.  It covers the time we call Good Friday.  It begins in a garden and ends in a garden. It begins with prayer and ends with God’s command to rest.

The story is not very descriptive but does have some small details.  It is relatively short and to the point.

There is a lot of dialogue between the characters.

Luke’s Gospel, chapters 22 and 23 (more…)


Christ and the Pharisees- Anthony van DyckIntroduction

Jesus world was so similar to our in so many ways. There were different brands of politics across the spectrum from progressive to conservative. There were different brands of religion – from the old gods of Greece and Rome, the new ‘mystery religions from the east, Emperor worship, and the superstitions that grew in this multicultural environment.

In thee religion of the Jews there different brands as well. The Pharisees were a popular movement among the people but small in number. They carried a lot of sway. The Sadducees were the established priestly elite and had control of the Temple in Jerusalem. (more…)

A model of Herod's Temple

A model of Herod’s Temple

Luke does not give us a day to day account of Jesus movements during the week leading up to Passover.  I have broken chapters 20 and 21  into three sections rather arbitrarily. I will include the entire passages but I will not make comment on their entire contents. The chapters speak for themselves to some degree, as does the whole book of Luke. I encourage you to take your time and read to understand. Pause and ponder on the way. To the best of your ability put yourself in the text as an observer. Keep in mind that the original observers – Jesus’ follower/friends – didn’t get it all either. (more…)

Parable-Slider-608x227A parable is a short tale that illustrates a universal truth; it is a simple narrative. It sketches a setting, describes an action, and shows the results. (Fowler, H.W. (1965). A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. London: Oxford University Press.)

Two thousand years before both H.W. Fowler and the Dictionary of Modern English Usage wise teachers were using parables to great effect. The parable, particularly those within the writings of the Bible, were considered an art form as much as a teaching device. They had a shape that was recognisable, they put forward one point, they often challenged the status quo, and most importantly they made people think! (more…)

Blackberry and gateWhen I was a kid there was a gate. On the other side of the gate there was a paddock. At the far end of the paddock was the bush. It was mostly paperbark trees with the occasional eucalypt and the usual low scrub. There was a well worn path through the bush and a couple of not so well worn alternatives. On the other side of the bush was friends and adventure.

On summer afternoons and weekends in general I so much wanted to be with friends and go on adventures. (more…)

ExpectationsWe live in a world of expectations. That future focus on what we think is likely to happen. Some of us expect the worst. Some of us expect the best. All of us expect something.

This world of expectation includes others expectations of us. From the get go our parents have expectations, hopes, dreams of what we will become and do. It is said that every generation lives out the dreams of their parents in some way or another. If our parents had wonderful, positive dreams of what could be we tend to achieve. If our parents life was a nightmare then we tend to live that out too. There will always be the exceptions. (more…)


Posted: 2 March, 2016 in My stuff
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Drone attackAn unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), also known as a combat drone or drone, is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is usually armed with missiles. Aircraft of this type have no on-board human pilot.

Drones as combat weapons were first mentioned in a 1940 edition of Popular Mechanics; the idea coming from an inventor playing with radio and his mate, a TV mechanic. The first prototype military drone was knocked up by a nuclear physicist who also had a thing for radio controlled planes. He named his drone “Praeire”, Latin for ‘show the way’. The first time an armed drone was used in war was by Iran in the Iran-Iraq war in the late ‘80s. It was armed with half a dozen rocket propelled grenades. (more…)