The Texts for this Sunday are about Jesus’ baptism, a story which follows right on the heels of Jesus’ incarnation. With that in mind, there is a sense in which His incarnation itself is a brief plunge into the river of human life. A plunge down, down, down – as St. Paul puts it ‘he emptied himself’ (Phil. 2). And then He comes back up into the air of Eternity with the Resurrection. (more ↠)
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January 12, 2020 10:30
January 02, 2020 17:14
More observations on the first chapter of John’s Gospel begun last week...
The Middle East, including first century Palestine, was (and still is) very patriarchal. Yet sometimes translations make the New Testament appear more patriarchal than it is. Verse 4 is an example. Even a translation as recent as the New American Standard Bible (1995) has “In him [the LOGOS} was life, and the life was the light of men.” Except that the word here for ‘men’ is ANTHRŌPOS – more like ‘humanity’ or ‘human beings’ because the word is gender neutral – Greek has a separate word for men gender specifically. Another example of ANTHRŌPOS is “Humanity does not live by bread alone...” ANTHRŌPOS occurs 673 times in the New Testament and it’s interesting to revisit them all with gender neutrality in mind.(more ↠)
December 29, 2019 10:30
The metaphor of ‘left brain vs. right brain’ is oversimplified, of course, but does have its uses. You know, the idea that the left hemisphere of the brain is concerned with reason and logic, and the right with poetry and imagination. In that sense I think it is safe to say that our culture has been dominated by the ‘left brain’ — trying to reduce everything to some tidy answer in the back of the book. For example, we hear "more math and less art!" in our collective discussions of educating our children. But I would submit that while the left brain may be sufficient to apply existing science and math, we need the right brain to create the new. (more ↠)