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Freedom for Palestine

Good Shepherding

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) Greetings, Fighter, It’s Shepherding Sunday again this weekend – that day when we sing everybody’s favourite Psalm. Even those of us who know nothing about sheep or shepherding can manage to bleat out a verse of ”The Lord’s my shepherd”, so let’s […]

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The Banality of Holiness

“While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet;

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Christian Socialism

“Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was

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Where is Jesus?

“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the

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Eye of the Storm

“Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.” (Mark 11:11) Hi Fighter, We are about to begin ‘Holy Week’ – the week leading up to Easter – where we remember both the death and the resurrection

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The Tears of Jesus

“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” (Hebrews 5:7) Hi Fighter, This is such an odd way to describe the life of Jesus! Compare this

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The Gospel of Suffering

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Hi Fighter, It’s the best-known verse in the Christian Scriptures. It’s been plastered across walls, printed on T-shirts and posters, and tattooed across backs and torsos. I

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A Fool for Christ

“For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:22-24) Hi Fighter, The Christian message is counter cultural. That’s my summary

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Freedom for Palestine

Enemies of the Empire

“[Jesus] called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the

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Into the Maelstrom

“And the Spirit immediately drove [Jesus] out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.” (Mark 1:12-13) Hi Fighter, We are now officially in the season of Lent. You’ll be forgiven if you don’t know what that means.

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