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“The love of the humanity of Our Lord is the love of our neighbour. … Love of neighbour means voluntary poverty, stripping one’s self, …non-participation in those luxuries which have been manufactured by the exploitation of others. While our neighbours suffer, we must suffer with them.” – Dorothy Day

π Canon

I didn’t make this myself, although I wish I did.

From Peter Hardy, Chaplaincy Assistant:

After our Bible For Bluffers session on the Biblical Canon I was wondering to myself what happens if you skim through the Bible, focusing on verses corresponding to pi (that is, 3.14)? What would the Bible be like if we were limited to these passages? (more…)

Thought for the Week 30/04/2012

From Sabine Schwartz, Catholic Chaplain:

This Sunday, the lectionary presents us with the much loved image Jesus gives of himself as the Good Shepherd who gives his life for his sheep. (John 10:11-18) This image has inspired many works of art, music and poetry, and many Christians throughout the centuries have drawn great joy and comfort from it. For quite a long time, it was one of my favourite images of Christ.

Maybe this is a good opportunity to reflect on what your favourite image of Jesus (or of God) is. Who is Jesus, who is God for you? Is he a friend, a parent, a role model? Or maybe rather a bit like a strict judge? The question matters, because the image we have of God (and of Jesus), hugely influences not only the way we pray and read scripture, but also the way that we relate to ourselves, to others and to the world around us.

Encounters with Jesus

Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Artist: Simon Dewey.

Continuing with the Gospel of John, here we look at three famous passages which describe encounters between ordinary people and Jesus. (more…)

Parables and the Kingdom of God

In the Synoptic Gospels Jesus is presented as often talking in parables. These are enigmatic stories and sayings, usually about what he called the Kingdom of God / Kingdom of Heaven. (more…)

Thought for the Week 23/01/2012

An actor with a very silly name

From Mark Laynesmith, Anglican Chaplain:

I am a late convert to Sherlock. For those of you even less with it that I am, Sherlock is the name for the recently revitalised Sherlock Holmes BBC series.

One of the main engines of the series is the frisson of unrequited love: John Watson is struck with awe and wonder for his friend Sherlock, but Sherlock continues to process case after case, with all the emotional intelligence of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, oblivious to John’s affections or indeed the interest of Molly Hooper, a plain Jane forensic scientist.

Sherlock’s intellectual powers place him far above other mortals, but unwittingly also separate him from human company. *Spoiler alert!* (more…)

The Synoptic Gospels

The Baptism of Jesus

So we begin a new term and a New Testament of the Bible. Pivotal in the NT are the Gospels, which are subdivided into the Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels. In this session we shall focus on the latter, comparing the texts of Jesus’ baptism from the Gospels of  Mark, Luke and Matthew. (more…)

Believing in Jesus

The Risen Christ

We began the previous discussion on Jesus’ biography by listing various titles that he had. Two of these are especially famous- 1) the Christ, i.e. the Messiah, the ‘Lamb of God’ and Saviour of the World, and 2) the Son of God; God the Son.  We will look at the first of these -what God does in Jesus- in future discussions on salvation. In this session we will continue looking at who Christians believe in, concentrating on the image of the Son of God. (more…)

Who Was Jesus?

In our group we asked about the following headings with the aim of building up an outline biography of Jesus. The answers given here are ones on which most contemporary historians and biblical scholars would agree, that is, both atheists and Christians. (more…)

Another Thought for the Week 17/10/2011

From Sabine Schwartz, Catholic Chaplain:

Sunday’s Gospel gives us an important hint on how we can contribute to the happiness and fruitfulness of this year. (more…)

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