Although history has not always shown it, Jesus, Paul & the author of Genesis were all Christian feminists – advocating the full equality of women & men.
“Can’t you just tell me what the amazing thing is, George?” I asked, without looking up from the computer. “No, Mum. You have to see it! Come on!”
The woman had told several lies about me. Rumours circulated and the hurt grew. I wanted to fight back and defend myself, but I knew it wasn’t the way. When Jesus was criticised and rejected, his humility and kindness lay in his sense of identity; in being so completely sure of who He was.
Who are the “unblessed” today? Might they not be the homeless, the addicts, the sex-workers, the abused and the victimised? Why it is those who society considers the “unblessed,” who are blessed by Christ.
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, what is it about the bride and groom metaphor described in the Bible that we can learn from when we think of our relationship with God and the conversations we have with him?
Just today I dropped my peanut butter toast on the ground. I picked it up and ate it, because of the famous “Five Second Rule.”
Maybe, just maybe, when Jesus comes again, we will drink the wine of the new kingdom in mason jars.
We are meant to plan for the future and work in the present for that unseen yet approaching reality. But what about when you don’t know what’s next? And how do we learn to be OK with that?
In a world that tells us we are free to do whatever we want, Dua Lipa’s song, New Rules shows us there is more freedom in not doing what we want.
I have a friend who reminds me that bravery is not fearlessly stepping into every opportunity. It is about being scared and doing it anyway…