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

Reflection #17: Today I have no Hope – A Lament / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 17 "The Kingdom of God will not be detected visibly..." Today, I have no hope. The Divine Dream seems like just that, a dream. A figment of an idealists imagination, an impossibility in a world where dreams just don't come true. My body aches for Justice, my soul joins the Divine Scream in … Continue reading Reflection #17: Today I have no Hope – A Lament / A.J. Hendry

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

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

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P3: What about Hell? / A.J. Hendry

What about Hell? One of the fundamental concerns that exist for Traditionalists is that if we get this wrong, LGBTQ people will be in danger of Hell. We do an injustice to many sincere and loving Christians, if we paint them out to be simply hate filled, closed minded, bigots, for holding a traditional belief. … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P3: What about Hell? / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P2: Is There Reason to Reexamine our Theology? / A.J. Hendry

In the last blog we briefly surveyed some examples of when the church - having been prompted by human experience, divine revelation, and scientific discovery - reformed, revised or competently changed their understanding of Traditional interpretations of scripture. At the end, we asked the question, when turning to the question of LGBTQ inclusion within the … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P2: Is There Reason to Reexamine our Theology? / 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