Reflection #14: The Path

Reading: Luke 14 "So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own." Sometimes I feel that the world we live in, in it's very shape, and structure, is making us less than human. We are conditioned to consume, to produce, to do, to go, go, go. We move through the world, but … Continue reading Reflection #14: The Path

Reflection #13: Divine Proximity

Reading: Luke 13 When I first saw Jesus three shops down from my office, he was just another victim of our capatalist driven society. I didn't know his story, but by looking at him it wasn't hard to guess. The city is filled with Jesus and his whānau, people who have been abandoned in the … Continue reading Reflection #13: Divine Proximity

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

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

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? 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

Has Western Christianity missed the point of the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

I sometimes wonder if Western culture hasn't tamed the revolutionary nature of the Gospel. Having spiritualized our gospel, we have created a nice, safe, comfortable version of Christianity, more concerned with how to prepare one's inner person for the after life, than addressing what's going on in this one. And so, we have become a … Continue reading Has Western Christianity missed the point of the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

The Worlds going to Hell in a Handbasket, so where is God? / A.J. Hendry

Where is God? It is a question I find myself asking a lot lately? Where is God when a child is rejected by their parents and forced to live on the street? Where is God in the halfway house, where young teens search for meaning amongst the fog of synthetics? Where is God when hope … Continue reading The Worlds going to Hell in a Handbasket, so where is God? / A.J. Hendry