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Rowan Williams on God and human suffering

But it seems to me not clear that we should conclude that God, by suffering as direct subject the human sufferings of Jesus, becomes more profoundly involved in human pain of all kinds than he would otherwise be. On the contrary, God’s loving involvement is there already: what happens in Jesus is that we are […]

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Why preaching is hard

“the easier it is to talk of God, the less such talk gives place to the freedom of God.” – Rowan Williams, On Christian Theology, p. 84

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Jesus, I’m home!

Rowan Williams comments on how none of us have “arrived” in our spiritual lives: The ‘shape’ of Christian faith is the anchoring of our confidence beyond what we do or possess, in the reality of a God who freely gives to those needy enough to ask; a life lived ‘away’ from a centre in our […]

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Something that didn’t make it into the sermon

I preached on Matthew 16:13-20 on Sunday, Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus calls Peter “son of Jonah” in this passage. And I started thinking about Jonah, Peter’s father. Was he alive when this scene took place? What did he think about what his son was doing? As I […]

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a quote about meaningful work

“Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the […]

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Good Friday post #2

When surrounded by apparent meaninglessness, therefore, we cannot ask to be given a calming sense of meaning; all we can do is wait and endure, quite still, like the Crucified, not seeing anything, facing the dark abyss of death. Beyond this abyss there waits for us something that, at present, we cannot see (nor can […]

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Good Friday

“Many do not believe. Many men hate the Cross because it means a salvation not of their own choosing or making, but rather of God’s grace and his mercy. Men hate the Cross because it means a salvation which is unearned, undeserved, unmerited. Men would much prefer God to punish them than to forgive them […]

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