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Jan 26

The Goodies and the Baddies

Movie and TV story lines are simplified for the sake of brevity and to make it clear to the audience who the main characters are and what the issues are. Have you ever noticed in a movie that the bad guy, just before he meets his end, will do something particularly bad? This appear to …

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Feb 18

Legalism

Have you ever thought of someone’s behaviour as being legalistic? What did you mean? The dictionary meaning is exalting the law, usually with the purpose of applying the law in a way not intended by the law makers, and using the law for selfish ends. Jesus was harshly critical of the Pharisees for being legalistic. …

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Feb 11

Water Under the Bridge

How long are offences offensive? Does the passage of time make it inappropriate to be offended by something in the distant past? Does there come a point in any conflict between people where we just have to say “it is all water under the bridge now” and require no admission of guilt, no apology, and …

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Jan 20

Respect has to be earned, it can’t just be given.

The other day I was watching an episode of Star Trek where Counsellor Troy said, “Respect has to be earned, it can’t just be given.” This didn’t sound right to me. On Googling the phrase I found that many people have commented on this phrase. I found that younger people, thinking of bosses, teachers, and …

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Jun 19

Church Identity

When we think about church unity we need to be clear on what the church is. My understanding of the church is a community of sinful people saved by God who strive to continue Christ ‘s mission in the world. If we see the identity of the church in terms of (1) a community of …

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