SoT #48 – Community of the Book

Sacred writings have a unique place in humankind’s spiritual quest.  There is something about words or thoughts, written down, that have power.  Spoken words often disappear into thin air, but written words have a more permanent quality: they can be … Continue reading

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SoT #50 – The Body of Christ

Spiritual truths often come to us through figures of speech, especially via metaphors.  Jesus used metaphors to explain who He was, or what He was about. For example: “I am the good shepherd.”  “I am the truth”.  Metaphors challenge and … Continue reading

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SoT #49 – Followers of Jesus

The church of Christ came into existence in a kind of natural way.  It was the followers of Jesus, who after He was no longer with them, began meeting together.  Initially there may well have been the need to deal … Continue reading

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SoT #47 – Worship

The highest human act is worship.  It would be difficult to name something more important.  A German hymn writer put it thus: “My first feeling (or impulse) is praise and thanks.”  The last thought before falling asleep at night could … Continue reading

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SoT #46 – Community

 Community     A frequent lament heard in recent years concerns the lack of, or the loss of, community.  Apparently this is not as serious in many cultures in the so-called  third world.  The affluence of the West and the “explosion” … Continue reading

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SoT #44 – The Neighbor

We turn now to living on the second level – our life with others. Most of us don’t choose our neighbours.  They were already there when we rented the apartment, or bought the house, on Third Street.  We did not … Continue reading

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SoT #45 – People of God

You and I, and indeed all of humanity finds itself  between God above, and the created order beneath.  In God’s Order, the second level has to do with humankind. The earth is teeming with people who are differentiated by race; … Continue reading

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SoT #43 – Knowing God

There is another description of salvation which in some sense rises to the top, or encompasses the pictures or metaphors, like conversion, reconciliation, new birth, etc.  Each of those emphasizes an important aspect of salvation. This larger description comes from … Continue reading

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SoT #42 – Reconciliation 2

A culture is shaped, to some extent, by the vocabulary it uses, or develops.  Some words seldom show up even though they exist.  In Canadian Law, especially in the practise of criminal law, the word forgiveness, is noticeable by its … Continue reading

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SoT #41 – Reconciliation 1

There is a picture, seen long ago, that lingers in my memory.  It is of Adam and Eve, with shoulders bent forward, faces toward the ground, leaving the Garden of Eden.  You may have seen it also.  It may be … Continue reading

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