Take This Cup: A Reflection for Maundy Thursday, 2022

The Maundy Thursday service in my Anglican tradition is a busy one, doing a lot of the heavy lifting of Holy Week. In it we remember the Passover, the Last Supper, and Jesus’ ‘new commandment’ to love one another. And then, after all that, we read Psalm 22 and the story of Jesus’ agony and … Continue reading Take This Cup: A Reflection for Maundy Thursday, 2022

Paul on Privilege: A Reflection on Philippians 3.3-14

One of the many important conversations that has emerged in our culture over the past decade or so is the conversation around ‘privilege’ — the structural advantages in a social and political system that make it easier for certain people to thrive based on factors such as class, race and ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. This … Continue reading Paul on Privilege: A Reflection on Philippians 3.3-14

The Father’s Love: A Reflection on Luke 15.1-3, 11-32 & 2 Corinthians 5.16-21

We live in a divided world. This is nothing new, but what is perhaps surprising, especially for those of us who grew up in stable times in the West that seemed to carry so much promise for the future, is that the world seems only to be growing more divided, not less. We have increasing … Continue reading The Father’s Love: A Reflection on Luke 15.1-3, 11-32 & 2 Corinthians 5.16-21

Imitated, Never Duplicated: A Reflection on Philippians 3.17-4.1

Imitation has a bumpy reputation in Western culture today. In the world of things, imitation is often equivalent to ‘false’ or even ‘substandard’, as in the case of imitation leather or imitation crab. In the world of art, literature, and education, it is at best understood as a lack of unique contribution, and at worst … Continue reading Imitated, Never Duplicated: A Reflection on Philippians 3.17-4.1

The Wilderness and the Land: A Reflection on Deuteronomy 26.1-11 and Luke 4.1-13

The Bible loves to play with contrasts. It confronts the reader with choices, often drawn in stark terms: sometimes these are about good and bad, as in the two ways of Psalm 1 that lead either to fertility or barrenness; but at other times, the contrasts are more nuanced, such as the two holy mountains … Continue reading The Wilderness and the Land: A Reflection on Deuteronomy 26.1-11 and Luke 4.1-13