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Andrew Dowsett
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From time to time
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is a time for war, and a time for peace. Isaiah 2 speaks of beating swords into ploughshares and
spears into pruning-hooks. Joel 3 gives a call to beat ploughshares into swords
and pruning-hooks into spears. Micah 4 echoes...
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The fortunate ones
“And I thought the
dead, who have already died, more fortunate than the living, who are still
alive; but better than both is the one who has not yet been, and has not seen
the evil deeds that are done under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 4:2, 3 There is a wonderful...
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Rain, reign, rein
God walked on the unruly waters, and they cowered
before him. On rain-slick streets I walk on water tamed, my steps displacing a
film of wet still possessing just enough surface-tension to hold my footprints
for a moment in my wake. To hallow, and to hound,...
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Grace, part 2
Every so often, the pavement is also stained by
dark red berries. This, too, is grace. Fallen on concrete, they will never seed
the next generation. Crushed, twice daily, under the feet of oblivious
schoolgirls, they do not even serve for food for birds. Th...
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Grace, part 1
I leave the house for the first time in two days.
Walking along the street, my eyes are drawn to every green tendril and tiny,
perfect leaf that has pushed its way up through cracks in the concrete slabs — stained
by the foulings of every neighbourhood dog;...
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Yahweh and the Satan
I a continuing to teach on the Wisdom Literature of
the Old Testament, and this week in class we were looking at the fascinating
book of Job. The titular character is a righteous man — that is, he is
habitually committed to acting justly — who suffers great...
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Evensong, Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity 2018
Exodus  18:13-26 and Matthew 7:1-14 At
first glance, Jethro’s instruction to Moses to appoint judges and Jesus’
injunction ‘Do not judge’ appear to be opposed; but I want to suggest that they
are, in fact, in agreement, on the importance of giving everyone ...
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The fear of the Lord
With September comes the start of a new academic
year. This term, I am again teaching on the ‘Wisdom Literature’ of the Old
Testament, as an investment in women and men who have, among other things, been
called to help local communities grow together in wis...
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What the mountain isn't
In my previous post , I reflected on what it means
to throw a mountain into the sea. I have been thinking about that ever since,
and want to continue that exploration, and in particular to question and revise
something I wrote then, the idea that the mounta...
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Of break-ins and break-throughs
We had a wonderful time at New Wine United (2018,
Week 2) last week. These summer gatherings are a happy place for me, somewhere
where many of my worlds (places we have lived and friendships we have made over
the past quarter of a century) collide in creati...
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