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Blog Relaunch: The Heart of the Matter

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It is my deepest desire to return to the heart of the matter. After many, many variations of my blogs and sites I have returned to blogger. My previous blog host kept crashing. I was glad I had backed up some stuff on blogger so all is not lost. This is an opportunity to enter a new season as a blogger and writer. It is also a good opportunity to refocuse on Jesus. So welcome back. Hit subscribe and come along for the ride.   The Heart of the Matter:  Infinite human depravity and sin. Infinite love and grace. Without Him all is lost. The heart of the problem is the problem of man's hearts. 'Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!' says the preacher. In a world of cruelty and vanity a saviour came. Triumphant war Lord? Nay, a lamb. Our weakness, he identifies. Our suffering, he identifies. The ultimate price buys our liberty: Join Me! Follow Me! Take up your cross! Liberty is ours! Darkness and light collide. Flesh and blood is spilled. Principalities and powers beware. The light

Individuals, Church and State Should Be Peacemakers

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Matthew 5:9 “ Blessed  are  the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. ” King James Version (KJV) Fact for the day: Out of 193 countries that are currently UN member states, the UK has invaded or fought conflicts in the territory of 171. That’s not far off 90 per cent. Some invasions that maybe people don't know about include the UK and Soviet joint invasion of Iran in the Second World War or the war when Elephants were used to invade Ethiopia.  There is no such thing as a Christian nation, but if there was the UK is certainly not one. I doubt much if any of these wars even fall into the category of the supposed Just War theory let alone a more compassionate doctrine. See the post The Peace Testimony  for more details of this Theory and some alternatives.  “The Church is the Church only when it exists for others…not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Shall the sword devour forever?

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I had thought of simply calling this post "I'm tired of it!" It is true though. I am. I'm tired of seeing through the lies and tired of it not making much difference. I'm tired of our bent as a species towards bloodshed and violence. I'm tired of this cartoon image of John Wayne riding in, shooting first, asking questions later. I'm tired of this cartoon image of Bond riding in on a tank literally crushing enemies then sleeping around. These are morally bankrupt nationalist images that over simplify the world to "them" and "us". To "Goodies" and "Badies."  Last I checked the Bible still says there is no one truly good, but God. There is also that of God in all of us and that of the author of confusion. I'm tired of people who know this not living as if they do.  There are factions and groups of all sorts, not just terrorists and heroes. I'm tired of prejudices that label entire nations without regard as heroi

The Seven Deadly Sins by John Wycliffe (excerpt)

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I recently posted a blog post of notes and highlights of John Wycliffe's teaching on the sin of war and violence . It seemed worth while to share a longer excerpt, sourced from nonresistance.org - DTH It should come as no surprise that Wycliffe, the first to challenge the authority of the corrupted church in a meaningful way, the first to translate the entire Bible into the language of the common man, the “Morning Star of the Reformation[1],” would conclude that the Gospel teaches peace and condemns any killing of one’s fellow man.  The fact that his pacifism is all but forgotten is an indication that the purification and restoration that began with him has not yet been completed. This excerpt is taken from Select English Works of John Wyclif, Volume III, Miscellaneous Works, pages 119-167, edited from original manuscripts by Thomas Arnold M.A. of University College, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1871.  Wycliffe’s tract, written circa 1384, is organized as follows: (chapter 1) int

If Ye Love Me

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The Lamb of God

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Judas, Peter and Jesus

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Jesus Washes Our Feet

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