A Pondering: The middle ground is not sacred

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because … Continue reading A Pondering: The middle ground is not sacred

A Pondering: Does the language of “mission” contribute to White Supremacy in the Church? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering I've been reflecting recently on how the language of "mission" (so often used in the Christian community in the context of helping the "less fortunate") feeds into the colonial narrative of White Savourism. It seems to me that it feeds this idea that "we" - church, community, … Continue reading A Pondering: Does the language of “mission” contribute to White Supremacy in the Church? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: Do white critiques of Christianity erase the voices of our whānau of colour? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering I got a lot of liberal and progressive friends (and I love ye'all) 👊 but, when i hear voices from the white progressive space who name Christianity as no more than a tool of white supremacy and white Imperialism, I hear white supremacy and the erasure of … Continue reading A Pondering: Do white critiques of Christianity erase the voices of our whānau of colour? / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #40: The Sin of Sodom: The Poison of Patriarchy

Reading: Genesis 18-23 I, perhaps like yourself, was taught that the sin of Sodom was that the men in the town were gay.  Reading this passage today I wondered how I ever accepted that interpretation. This story is about a group of people that have become so dehumanized that they attempt to rape and brutalize … Continue reading Reflection #40: The Sin of Sodom: The Poison of Patriarchy

Reflection: #39 Abraham the Father of colonization / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Genesis 17 "... I will give the entire land to you.... where you now live as a foreigner.... it will be (your descendants) special possession..." It's hard not to read about land in Aotearoa and not reflect on how our ancestors have fought and contested over the whenua. My ancestors read these texts and … Continue reading Reflection: #39 Abraham the Father of colonization / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #38: Abram’s oppression and Hagar’s Liberation

Genesis 11-16 It is hard not to feel uncomfortable by the way women are spoken about and treated within this text. Sarai is reduced by Pharaoh to her beauty, she is used by Abram to gain power and security. Women are mentioned alongside property as the possessions returned to Lot after he is rescued, and … Continue reading Reflection #38: Abram’s oppression and Hagar’s Liberation

Reflection #34: The God of the Old Testament can seem like an oppressive tyrant. Should we ditch Them?

A few months ago I was speaking with a friend who - though is not someone who identifies as a Christian herself - loved the liberating message within Jesus' teachings. She spoke about her early memories of being in church as a child and hearing about this Jesus who spoke about giving to the poor, … Continue reading Reflection #34: The God of the Old Testament can seem like an oppressive tyrant. Should we ditch Them?

Reflection 33: Xmas and Those who We’ve Abandoned

Reading: The Book of Acts 19-28 I'm sitting here, drinking my coffee, and gearing up for what will likely be an intense couple of days. It's been a hard week already, xmas is a hard time for our young people. Those with no whanau around them, who've been abandoned by our communities, condemned by our … Continue reading Reflection 33: Xmas and Those who We’ve Abandoned

Reflection #31: So Many Boundaries, Can Anyone Get In? / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 10-15 I grew up with a faith that was filled with boundaries, we often discussed, and agonized over who was in and who was out. People who swore, got drunk, went to night clubs, were on shaky ground. Muslims, atheists, liberal Christians (#AnyOneWhoWasntAsConservativeAsMe) and of course, Gay people, were out … Continue reading Reflection #31: So Many Boundaries, Can Anyone Get In? / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #30: Social Transformation’s possible, its just going to cost us

Reading: The Book of Acts 8-9 What sort of Love would prompt you to sacrifice your life? The Early Followers of the Way were willing to die for an idea, the idea, that the Divine dream was becoming reality in this world, that She had sent Her Son to enter into the messiness of our … Continue reading Reflection #30: Social Transformation’s possible, its just going to cost us

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 #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 #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