Reflection #8: When The Divine Stayed at my House / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 8 God came to my home last night. She had no where else to go, no where safe to sleep, so She honoured us by allowing us to share our home with her. We ate, laughed and joked, tried to put two crazy kids to bed, and had tea together. And as the … Continue reading Reflection #8: When The Divine Stayed at my House / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #7: Love is the Only Way

How do we resist oppressive systems, how do we push back against world views and narratives that cause harm and marginalize our people? Time and time again I see Jesus responding to Hate, ignorance and fear, not with anger or more of the same, but with Love. That's what makes the difference. We Love each … Continue reading Reflection #7: Love is the Only Way

Reflection #6: The Divine Embrace

Reading: Luke 6 Law, Tradition, Culture, how often do we allow the status quo to remain, simply because that's "way it's always been". In this passage the religious leaders were protecting their ancient cultural customs and traditions, they weren't necessarily wrong to do so, yet they had become so focused on preserving the old, that … Continue reading Reflection #6: The Divine Embrace

Reclaiming the Lamb: Meeting the Divine in the Mess / A.J. Hendry

When I first began writing on Reclaiming the Lamb I got a bit of feedback, ok I'm trying to be honest here, so yea quit a lot. One piece of feedback I received was less about what I was writing, and more about the name of this blog, Reclaiming the Lamb. The persons who delivered … Continue reading Reclaiming the Lamb: Meeting the Divine in the Mess / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: Our Theology is our Responsibility / A.J Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering We have responsibility for the theology we hold. Christian theology has not just been downloaded from some Divine database, it has been constructed, wrestled with, thought through and developed as followers of Jesus have engaged with the Scriptures, and sought to follow and live the teachings of … Continue reading A Pondering: Our Theology is our Responsibility / A.J Hendry

A Pondering: The churches Rainbow kids are ending up on the street. This can’t be right.

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering. I regularly hear stories of young people who have been made homeless due to their sexual orientation. It's a common story, whānau believe being Queer is sinful/wrong, they struggle between their concern and love for their kid, and the fear they hold for their young persons eternal … Continue reading A Pondering: The churches Rainbow kids are ending up on the street. This can’t be right.

A Pondering: Are Family Values Christian Values? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering Family values. At election time you can almost guarantee that parties hunting for the "Christian vote" will make their pitch by claiming they are the one party that truly stands for family values. But what are family values, and should they really be a slam dunk for … Continue reading A Pondering: Are Family Values Christian Values? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: Is Charity the same as Justice? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought, or random wondering Charity without Justice is no more than a band aid for the conscience of the comfortable Charity sustains injustice by giving us an outlet for our guilt. As a result we never have to ask ourselves why inequality exists, or face the bitter reality of how we … Continue reading A Pondering: Is Charity the same as Justice? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: The Church and political engagement / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering I've been reflecting this morning on the manner the dominant voice within the Christian community presents itself within the public square. Over the last year dominant voices within the Christian community have been politically engaged in opposition to issues such as euthanasia, abortion, drug reform, and on … Continue reading A Pondering: The Church and political engagement / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: Shame Will Not Bring About Social Transformation / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering As I scroll through Facebook and Twitter this morning I see example after example of people seeking to stand for Justice using the tools of shame and hate. And I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King, "Hate will never drive out hate, only Love … Continue reading A Pondering: Shame Will Not Bring About Social Transformation / A.J. Hendry

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P5: What About the OT? / A.J. Hendry

(This piece is the fifth in our series so far. Before we get into it, just a heads up that this is a tad longer than the others in the series. If you are just joining us I would recommend before diving in you start with Part One) Does the Old Testament condemn covenantal, committed, … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P5: What About the OT? / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P4: What about Repentance and the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

In our last blog we discussed whether or not a gay person was putting their salvation at risk for being in a same-sex relationship. We concluded that despite the way this korero is normally framed, it is not in fact a salvation issue. For to say that someone is saved by what they do or … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P4: What about Repentance and the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry