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The best choir in the world is not in the Opera House

The writer of Luke’s gospel sat down about 100AD (maybe) to write his Gospel. It was about the same time after Jesus as World War II is for us. Luke wanted to explain why Jesus was different.

Jesus is born in a feedbox for animals (there is no stable – that is added in by other people later to try to soften the image). Utter degradation. He is visited by social, religious and political outcasts: shepherds.

The question is, where will Luke put God? This would be important to the story?

The first day in the office

The writer of Luke’s gospel sat down about 100AD (maybe) to write his Gospel. It was about the same time after Jesus as World War II is for us. Luke wanted to explain why Jesus was different.

Once upon a time...

‘All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story.’

So wrote Isak Dinesen, author of Out of Africa.

For the last few months, a question has haunted me: Does love drive out fear? (I John 4:18)

It arose when our church was deluged with hate mail following the visit of Dr. Ibrahim, the Grand Mufti, in September.

It has persisted because it is hard to answer.

Politics, fear, and discernment

On election night after the surprising victory of Donald Trump, President Obama said, ‘no matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning.’ He sought to soothe the fears and antagonisms that have split apart the American community in recent months.

It would be reassuring if the promise of the sun rising were sufficient to achieve that. Sadly, it isn’t. Yesterday, I saw a Latino woman with a little baby interviewed, and she spoke of her deep concern for her child, living in a country recently polarised by race and threats of walls.

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