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The good, the bad, and the ???

Recently, I was looking at the well-known passage from Ecclesiastes 3, ‘For everything, there is a season; there is a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die…’

The passage lists a range of experiences, each of which has its own time, its own season. There is even a time ‘for killing and for healing.’ (v.3)

This list is a little curious. It does not specify, for example, that the time for healing trumps the time for killing.

The list implies that everyone participates in each and every season at some point.

Did you enjoy it?

This week I have been struck by contradictory experiences.

Last Sunday morning, ten members of the Party for Freedom, a group aligned with One Nation, invaded the worship service at Gosford Anglican, dressed in mock Muslim garb and chanted anti-Islamic slogans.

Who is a fool?

We are frequently told to invest wisely and to make sure we have sufficient savings for our retirement.

Jesus, however, told a parable about a wealthy landowner who did exactly that, investing wisely and increasing his capacity for crop storage, and was labelled a fool (Luke 12: 13-21).

This parable, first told 2,000 years ago, offers a disarmingly acute insight into the workings of contemporary culture.

The parable speaks of narcissism and wealth creation.

Dare to fail

Shortly before I finished a placement at a church where I had ministered for some time, I was faced with an important decision.

A homeless man had been sleeping on the front veranda of the church office. I met him one night coming out of a meeting. Being June, the night air was unusually cold. Inside, we had several bar radiators on; outside, there was no such luxury. I went and got him my sleeping bag.

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