We might think that the gap between the sacred and the secular in a Western context has increasingly become a chasm. And yet, you don’t have to search too far to discover that the ways the sacred – something of who God is – permeates the world around us. The writer Leonard Cohen is best known … More An Expectant Lent: For The Kingdom, The Power, And The Glory Are Yours
Augustine of Hippo is widely considered one of the most important theological voices in the Christian tradition. A theologian, a bishop, and eventually a saint, his contributions have not just been ground-breaking and central to the discipline of theology, but also to politics, philosophy, and classics, amongst others. One of the (many) delights of reading … More An Expectant Lent: Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Do you ever read something and think ‘can I really say that?’ That’s how I often feel when I come to the line ‘forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.’ It’s a two-fold challenge: to accept that I am forgiven and to forgive others. When we don’t forgive each other, … More An Expectant Lent: Forgive Us Our Sins
“Rivers of ink have been spilt over the exact meaning of ‘give us this day our daily bread’, because the word that’s used in the Greek is a very, very strange one that you find hardly anywhere else… The simple meaning keep us going, give us what we need is all we really need to … More An Expectant Lent: Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
‘Your Kingdom come, your will be done’ is a radical line in the Lord’s Prayer. To choose God’s will over our own, to ask for that foretaste of heaven – you can’t pray these words without boldness and expectation of the living God! In the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, the character of Judas doesn’t like … More An Expectant Lent: Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done
We begin Lent with Ash Wednesday, the day we remember that from dust we came ‘and to dust we shall return.’ It’s a time to remember that the world is in a broken state; that its citizens are daily subjected to appalling horrors and terrors. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says of Ash Wednesday … More An Expectant Lent: Our Father In Heaven
Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings; Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing: … More Hear The Angels Sing: Glory To The New-Born King!