Lent 2018

Lent 2018: Week after Lent: The Displacement of Home

April 1, 2018

Read 1 Peter 2:4-12 When did secularity become ascendant in Ireland? Was it when pubs were allowed to be opened on Sunday in Northern Ireland, which only happened in 1989?...

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Lent 2018: Week 7 – The captive God

March 29, 2018

Read Matthew 27:11-26 Throughout Lent, we have considered the complex meaning of “home” in the Scriptures. Home is both a thing to be treasured – a destination longed for by...

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Lent 2018: Week 6 – The wandering God

March 20, 2018

Read: Luke 15:11-32 The parable we consider this week is perhaps, along with the Good Samaritan, the best-known and most-loved of all Jesus’ divine yarns. There is, of course, no...

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Lent 2018: Week 5 – The refugee God

March 13, 2018

Read: Matthew 2:13-18 How rare it is that in the midst of the crass consumerism and sentimental spirituality that is modern Christmas that we reflect on the first people invited...

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Lent 2018: Week 4 – The shock of exile

March 5, 2018

Read Psalm 137 and Jeremiah 30:12-17 While “exodus” is a central motif by which to make sense of the entire Scriptures, “exile” plays a similarly large role. In exodus, the...

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Lent 2018: Week 3 – The hope of home

February 28, 2018

Read Joshua 3:7-17 Abram was called out of Ur and on that pilgrimage he received a new name (Abraham) and a lineage. But the children of Isaac and Jacob found...

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Lent 2018: Week 2 – The risk of leaving our father’s home

February 19, 2018

Read Genesis 12 The reader cannot fail to note the decisive break between the end of Genesis chapter 11, where we come to the end of the story about Babel...

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Lent 2018: Week 1 – The first eviction

February 14, 2018

Read Genesis 1-3 Let us begin at the beginning. To do that – to read Genesis 1-3 again at the start of Lent – we must begin by putting aside...

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Home thoughts from the Bible: Introduction

February 12, 2018

The story the bible tells begins with the making of home. Scholars often note how Genesis 1 and 2 depict God crafting an ordered universe out of chaos as a...

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