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: 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
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
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
Reading: Genesis 3-10 As I read this passage I had to take a moment to allow myself to sit with the brutality of it. It begins with Cains murder of Abel, and continues to reveal humanities descent into violence and lust for power. A lust that becomes so unsatiable that God decides to massacre the … Continue reading Reflection #37: Divine Violence/ A.J. Hendry
Virgin Mary and EveCrayon & pencil drawing by Sr Grace Remington, OCSO© 2005, Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey. Image can be purchased here Reading: Genesis 2-3 I read these passages with my sisters, with those who as a result of what has been written in this text, have suffered at the hands of men who felt … Continue reading Reflection #36: Deathknell for the Patriarchy
Reading: Genesis 1 It can be really easy to be overcome by how messed up this world is. For me at least. Daily, I bear witness to the consequences of some of the worst our society has to offer our people. Its horrendous, and to be honest traumatic. Holding Hope is a constant struggle. Can … Continue reading Reflection #35: Original Goodness / A.J. Hendry
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?
*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. The conversation in this blog builds directly upon the conversation prior. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here As we round out, I want us to consider whether this is really the hill we … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P13: Is this the hill we want to die on?
*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. The conversation in this blog builds directly upon the conversation prior. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here Unity within diversity As I’ve engaged in this korero one thing that has become explicitly clear to … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P9: Is it possible to have unity, within diversity?
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
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
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
Reading: The Book of Acts 5-7 "The Divine doesn't live in Temples made by human hands..." Last night as I was walking down K'rd to catch my bus I was approached by one of the bros asking for some coin. I didn't have any change to give, but the words of Peter rang in my … Continue reading Reflection #29: The Divine ain’t in the Temple / A.J. Hendry
Reading: The Book of Acts 4 "They felt that what was there's was not their own... they shared everything they had... their was no needy people amoung them..." I'm exhausted, and that's the truth. I struggle, with the church, with what it could be, with what it is. We talk a good game, about justice, … Continue reading Reflection #28: Come, Let Us Dream the Dream / A.J. Hendry
Reading: The Book of Acts 3 The man was crippled, he'd given up on healing, he was just out there trying to survive. To beg enough coin to get by, to eat, to live. When he asked those two men for money, he had maybe hoped for a couple of coins flicked his way, he … Continue reading Reflection #27: Where Are the Miracles? / 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
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
*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
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