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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SoT #40 – Salvation

At the confluence of the God flow and the human response there can come the realization of YES.  It began with the God flow gradually coming into focus.  There is goodness streaming out of God.  It is the dawning, the … Continue reading

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SoT #39 – God-ward Flow

There is a back and forth movement in the flow between God on the first level, and humankind on the second; a kind of stimulus and response interaction, or flow.  God is the main Initiator, but God also responds to … Continue reading

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SoT #38 – The Flow

The Divine Order, or God’s Order (interchangeable), that forms the basis of the theological approach in these “devotionals”, should not be seen as static, or stuck in a rigid structure.  Our God is alive and life-giving.  This implies movement or … Continue reading

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SoT #37 – Servants

“The greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves.” [Luke 22:26] This word of Jesus addresses one of the most common kinds of unevenness in human relationships: the desire to be at the … Continue reading

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