Sunday, September 8, 2019

Crushed by capitalism? Consider the ravens



Weighed down by capitalism’s incessant demands? Consider the ravens and discover a renewed way of life.

Read here, or listen here.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Midwife to the Sea



At a time of catastrophic climate change and oceanic collapse, the Book of Job offers a vision of hope.

Read here, or listen here.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A rollicking romance, and a house divided



How following Jesus tore a household apart – and eventually brought it together again. Read here, or listen here.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

The loneliness of the Australian colonial capitalist



The deep loneliness of colonial capitalism: and some pointers to an alternative economy. (Read here, or listen here.)

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Ask, seek and knock for the presence of the Holy Spirit. And that's it



An old friend of ours, Monique Lisbon, once wrote a satirical song with a chorus that goes like this: God can’t keep track of the human race / when everyone’s praying for a parking space. The song is her response to those Christians who quite literally ask God for everything: personal prosperity, a perfect spouse, a big house in a nice suburb, and a parking space right outside the front. Jesus says, “Ask, and you shall receive,” and so they ask, and ask, and ask some more: for the verse has been widely interpreted to mean that God is a fairy godmother just waiting to reward our earnest prayers by granting our heart’s desire.

Read here, or listen here.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Martha Made Whole



If ever there’s a story which makes women angry, it’s probably this one. Mary, that goody two-shoes, is lazing adoringly at Jesus’ feet; while I—well, I’m stuck in the kitchen washing the bloody dishes and making sure there’s food to eat. Because someone has to serve the guests, and someone has to clean up afterwards, and someone has to sweep the crumbs off the floor. And if everyone just lolls about listening to Jesus, we’d never eat a vegetable and the house would be a total mess. And yet … Jesus praises Mary. That bitch.

Read here, or listen here.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Taking on the mantle



I’m going to let you in on a secret: There are times when I hate being a grown up. Sure, I get to drive and spend money; but if I make a mess, I have to clean it up. When I drop something on the floor, I have to pick it up. If I do something wrong, I have to put it right. If I’m hungry, I have to cook; if I’m bored, I have to find something to do; if I’m lonely, I have to arrange a playdate; if I’m tired, I have to put myself to bed ...

Read here, or listen here.
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