Archive for 2011

A Radical Message Indeed

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

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Whose Side Was He On?

For many years I have suggeted to audiences that if they really want to know Jesus attitude towards the poor or marginalized, and conversely, the responses of the powerful, the wealthy and the gatekeepers of his society, they should do the following.… Read the rest

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Reflections from the Road

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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