Reflection 26: Dreaming The Dream / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 2 This chapter is one of those that continually captures my imagination. In it I get a glimpse of what the Divine Dream might look like, the Kingdom, the alternative society growing out of the heart of the Empire. They shared everything they had, they sold their possessions, and looked … Continue reading Reflection 26: Dreaming The Dream / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #25: Get Your Head Outta the Clouds / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 1 What would you do if you only had days left on earth? What would you want to say to your friends, or share with your whanau? It struck me that Luke records that Jesus spent His last days talking about the Kingdom of God, the Divine Dream. I found … Continue reading Reflection #25: Get Your Head Outta the Clouds / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P8: If This is as Far as You Go… / A. J. Hendry

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here So, when we reflect upon our last couple of blogs, what does this mean when put into the context of our current korero (if you haven't already, … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P8: If This is as Far as You Go… / A. J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P7: Is There Room for Silence? / A.J. Hendry

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here Progressive Patient Revelation As I’ve engaged in this korero, I often sense fear coming from my conservative Christian whanau. Not a fear based on hate, or homophobia, … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P7: Is There Room for Silence? / A.J. Hendry

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P6: Do We Need to Speak the Truth to Love? / A.J. Hendry

*note, this piece is the sixth piece in an ongoing series. If you're just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here Introduction: Resetting the korero Over the last few blogs in this series we have considered both the way a traditional posture towards our rainbow … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P6: Do We Need to Speak the Truth to Love? / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #24: The Tombs Empty, But the Mangers Full / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 24 You know some days I sit down and try and write these, and stop halfway through and start again because I realize I'm not really being honest. Today was one of those days. The honest truth is that I struggled with today's reading. Jesus is alive, hallelujah, praise the Lord. But, you … Continue reading Reflection #24: The Tombs Empty, But the Mangers Full / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #23: God is dead, And hey, It’s Christmas Time! / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 23 It seems timely that we come to this passage during the first week of Advent. I have always felt that Advent and Easter have a lot in common. Both are times of reflection, times of waiting, times of Lament. You might find it surprising that I associate Advent with Lament, but when … Continue reading Reflection #23: God is dead, And hey, It’s Christmas Time! / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #22: The Powers Always Crash Down / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 22 Did you think you could stand for Justice and not be crucified? Did you think you could follow the Way of Love and not be beaten? Did you think you could join the resistance, conspire with the Divine, and not be crushed by the Empire? You wanted Liberation, but did you mean … Continue reading Reflection #22: The Powers Always Crash Down / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #20: To Listen Is To Love / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 20 I happened across a couple of videos today of some Christians with fairly conservative and fundamentalist views talking about a whole range of different topics, sexuality, church, whether Christians should dance in worship (heads up, they shouldn't), it was interesting viewing to say the least. Where I can I try engage with … Continue reading Reflection #20: To Listen Is To Love / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #17: Today I have no Hope – A Lament / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 17 "The Kingdom of God will not be detected visibly..." Today, I have no hope. The Divine Dream seems like just that, a dream. A figment of an idealists imagination, an impossibility in a world where dreams just don't come true. My body aches for Justice, my soul joins the Divine Scream in … Continue reading Reflection #17: Today I have no Hope – A Lament / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #16: When We ignore the poor, we risk our soul / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 16 It strikes me how aggressively Jesus goes after wealth and the accumulation of it. You cannot serve both God and money. As a citizen of the Western Empire His critique of wealth and the pursuit of material things is unsettling. Our society pushes us to take, to gain, to consume, we are … Continue reading Reflection #16: When We ignore the poor, we risk our soul / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #12: Learnings From The Poor / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 12 "Seek the Kingdom..." What is it like to be told to sell what you have when you have nothing? We live in a capatalist and consumeristic society. A society that conditions us to take, to gather, to hold on to things, yet Jesus challenges us to live in a differently. Don't take, … Continue reading Reflection #12: Learnings From The Poor / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #10: It’s Hard to Love Those we Don’t know / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 10 "You must... Love your neighbor as yourself." When Jesus is asked to interpret the Law, He responds by instructing his listener's to Love God, and to Love ones nieghbour. When asked who is our neighbor, Jesus shares the story of a man who was excluded, rejected, and marginalized, and of another, who … Continue reading Reflection #10: It’s Hard to Love Those we Don’t know / A.J. Hendry