Certainly the gospel story shatters the dominant culture’s system of lauding wealth & power, as the reviled shepherds and outsider gentile astrologers are embraced at the baby Jesus side. We KNOW that almost all the shepherds were of a poor class working for absentee landlords, often as endentured labour. … Read the rest
Archive for 2011
‘Good News for the Despised’ – By John Smith, published 24/12/1994 as a saturday reflection (regular weekend column) for the Melbourne Age Newspaper, rewritten & adapted to 2011.
WESTERNISED Christmas cards, featuring idealised pastoral scenes, obscure just how disturbing the true message of Christmas is. … Read the rest
Some of the best and worst of life happens on the road. Here in a ‘grab it while it’s there opportunity,’ like so much of life on the road, God’s Squad’s John Smith reflects on life and faith. Based on Jesus’ words to his mates recorded in Mark’s Gospel Chapter 6, the challenge remains to be radically different and not just offer a ‘tick box’ faith.… Read the rest
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