Monday Missive

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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Passing the Mantle

The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But

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Powerful Magic

“Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told [Jesus] about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. ” (Mark 1:30-31) Hi Fighter, Why can’t I heal people like that? I lost my dear friend, Elias,

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Vale, dear Elias

“Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God. “But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!

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Transitions

“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” (Mark 1:16-18) Hi Fighter, William Bridges’ book, “Transitions”, made

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Speak to me, God. I’m listening.

“Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”, (1 Samuel 3:10) Hi Fighter, We’re at the beginning of a new year – that time when we reflect on where we are going and think about alternative pathways. Perhaps that’s why our Bible

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Happy Epiphany 2024

“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,” (Matthew 2:1) Hi Fighter, This Saturday is the Feast of the Epiphany when we remember the mysterious characters ‘from the East’ who came to visit Jesus in his infancy. It’s my favourite ‘Holy Day’ of the Christian year. Don’t get

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