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

A Pondering: Theology is Constructed

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering I listen to some people talk about theology sometimes as if it something that can be downloaded from some heavenly cloud and thus will arrive in a perfect package, neatly compiled. But, its not like that is it? Theology is constructed, it's built, its wrestled with, and … Continue reading A Pondering: Theology is Constructed

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 #32: Ihu Karaiti the Liberator / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 16-18 The story of the First Followers is the story of an oppressed and marginalized group on the edge of society. Beaten, imprisoned, excluded, they seek to carve out space and meaning for their new community. They join with the Divine in Her work of Liberation, they are released from … Continue reading Reflection #32: Ihu Karaiti the Liberator / 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 #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