Our Ancestors Worshipped on this Mountain…

The Samaritan woman at the well, perhaps in an attempt to deflect attention away from her private life, directed a theological question at Jesus: “Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus’ response is widely quoted among Christians today: “God is spirit,… Read More Our Ancestors Worshipped on this Mountain…

The Lord’s Prayer (Alternate Version from the New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book)

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver, Source of all that is and that shall be, Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven: The hallowing of your name echo through the universe! The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world! Your heavenly will be done by all… Read More The Lord’s Prayer (Alternate Version from the New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book)

The Lost World of Genesis: 5 – Dust of the Earth, Image of God

Two contrasting metaphors are used to describe humanity in Genesis. They form the basis of the Judeo-Christian understanding of what it means to be human and our role on this planet. Dust of the Earth On one hand, it is clear that we are creatures, part of God’s magnificent opus of creation. Genesis claims that… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 5 – Dust of the Earth, Image of God

The Lost World of Genesis: 4 – Good, but Not Necessarily Perfect

What is commonly known as ‘the Fall’ plays a significant role in the redemption narrative found in evangelical circles. The assumption is that the original creation, as completed in the first 6 days, was perfect, until Adam and Eve ate of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Till then, there… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 4 – Good, but Not Necessarily Perfect

The Lost World of Genesis: 2 – Countering the Dominant Culture

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Such a statement would not have been made callously. It was deliberately provocative. It flew in the face of everything the ancient Mesopotamians believed. As the first sentence to a creation story, the origin of God is glaringly omitted, implying that in fact, God has no… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 2 – Countering the Dominant Culture