TEACHINGS FROM THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION
(a selection of posts & podcasts)
A SPIRITUAL SMORGASBORD
THE LUKE 10 ROAD-TRIP – In Luke 10 Jesus sends out his second wave of emissaries to manifest his message. 72 of them. This missional dynamic is traditionally called the “apostolic life.” Today churches often orient around persuading others to become Christians, join the Church and grow their congregations. Yet not one of these themes is present in Jesus’ apostolic instructions. The Luke 10 Road-Trip reframes the very idea of “apostolic life” and explores how to imbue our relationships with Divine Love and follow the timeless principles Jesus’ laid out for his 72:
THE GENESIS OF US – Genesis contains some of the world’s oldest narratives. The presence in those texts of YHWH the Holy Name for God, not revealed until the time of Moses, clues us that we are not reading the earliest version of these narratives. Rather we are sitting at the feet of a narrator from after the time of Moses. Today there is a consensus among scholars that the final redactor did his work of harmonising the Hebrew canon during Israel’s captivity in Babylon in the C6thBCE, offering the world beautiful and important truths – most fundamentally that there is only one True God; one ultimate Source of all things; one Creator and Father of all.
What can we draw from this layer of story? How does it frame our understanding of God, Jesus and ourselves? Listen in as I tackle some of these questions in a series of podcasts – recordings of a teaching series given at Yarra Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Victoria, Australia.
“ESCAPING FROM EDEN” and ‘THE SCARS OF EDEN” – examine the vestiges of the original texts with which the C6thBCE redactor worked to produce the Genesis we all know. These original narratives were the stories of beginnings brought by Abraham and Sarah (the progenitors of the people of Israel) from Ur of the Chaldes. What was their story concerning who we are and where we all came from? “ESCAPING FROM EDEN” drills down into these unfamiliar layers in a way that might just reframe your whole vision of Judaism, Christianity, GOD and the universe! Read more…
The Great Reformers established the importance of perpetually returning to the Scriptural sources of Christian faith and asking afresh, “Have we read this right?” From time to time our habitual patterns of thought and doctrine find themselves challenged by a refreshed reading of the Scriptures…
NOTES ON MY SPIRITUAL ROOTS IN VINEYARD