Food For Thought 2021

Faith and Culture: Cultural Sensitivity The history of Christian overseas mission is spotted with cultural inappropriateness but a few decades ago the Colleges and Universities responsible for missions training became serious about preparing future overseas missionaries for the importance of working within a receiving culture rather than acting like an invading cultural change agent. This …

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Living with Disagreements: Reflections on 1 Corinthians 8:1-7 If social media has done one thing it is to highlight how much we differ from each other in both trivial matters (what we like on our pancakes), to more important things like how bad (or good) the umpires were at last week’s game, to what we …

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Grace Misunderstood (2) The man stood before the Church congregation and told his story. He was only 36 years old but his appearance was that of a much older man. The years of doing it tough had taken their toll on him both physically and mentally. His story included tragic events that had torn at …

Food for Thought 2021

Grace Misunderstood (1) I think it was Charles Swindoll who said that if grace is not being misunderstood then it probably isn't grace. People receiving grace (unmerited kindness) usually are deeply appreciative of it but often times people looking on at grace being experienced criticise it and interpret it in various ways including injustice, weakness, …

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Covid-19: 2020, The Year of Seeing Things Differently As we started into this crazy year a lot of us were inventing little ditties about 2020 vision and the year ahead of us. I came up with one similar to the others, ‘The year of seeing things differently and acting accordingly’. When I reminded Debbie of …

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The Coronavirus Covid 19 is reminding us of a whole lot of things that we too often lose sight of, such as: One person can make a difference. Someone sneezes and Italy shuts down! Fear can be a killer and create panic that sends people into irrational and self-obsessed behaviour. The human race is really …

He cried. He knew Lazarus was dead before he got the news but still, he cried. He knew Lazarus would be alive again in moments but still, he cried. He knew death here is not forever. He knew eternity and the Kingdom better than anyone else could yet he wept because this world is full …

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Welcome back to Daily Food for Thought. First up, a quote from John Pavlovitz... I walked around today and I looked at people; those passing me in the grocery store, driving beside me on the highway, filling my newsfeed, walking by the house. I tried to really see them.  I tried to look beneath the surface veneer …

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Bent trees: Two gems from the Nazarenes United for Peace Facebook page this morning, reminding us of the true nature of the Church as a political force in the world. We are called to be different. #bent trees. "The reality is that for many Christians, we’ve allowed our politics to inform our theology rather than …

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Christmas. Jesus is moving into the neighbourhood. What can we expect? Love, generosity, forgiveness, hospitality, compassion, service, justice, non-violence, and simple living. Just what the neighbourhood needs. Yeah... let's put Christ back into Christmas. Immanuel... be God with skin on today...

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#Bent Trees: The call to be different... "'Treat one another justly. Love your neighbors. Be compassionate with each other. Don't take advantage of widows, orphans, visitors, and the poor. Don't plot and scheme against one another—that's evil.' Zech. 7:9-10 The Message. Just recently I was in a group of people who were doing it tough …

The Day Australia Lost Her Soul

Mark the date December 4th, 2019. If Australia hasn’t lost her soul over the last few years then it certainly did today. A secret deal between the Coalition Government and Independent Jacqui Lambie meant that the Medevac Law was repealed. (https://www.theguardian.com/australianews/2019/dec/04/medevac-repeal-bill-passes-after-jacqui-lambie-makes-secret-deal-with-coalition). To add to that human rights tragedy is the idea that the Government thinks …

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Painting "Welcome the Stranger" by Michael Adams. “I don’t think we’ll understand Advent correctly until we understand it as a preparation for a revolution.” Robert Barron. "The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him, the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding, The Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, the Spirit that instills knowledge …

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The fire and the smoke were threatening to overcome me. I felt like I was choking, finding it hard to breathe... and then the hand of the firefighter appeared through the haze... God with skin on! Thank God for our firefighters.

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Lord, help me to live this day quietly, easily. Help me to lean upon Thy great strength trustfully, restfully, to wait for the unfolding of Thy will patiently, serenely, to meet others peacefully, joyously, to face tomorrow, confidently, courageously. Amen. —ANONYMOUS Gushee, David P. . A Morning and Evening Prayerbook (p. 334). Thomas Nelson. Kindle …