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Schöpferische Zerstörung

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Joseph Schumpeter was a political and economic scientist of Austrian descent who developed a concept known as Schöpferische Zerstörung in his native language or in english Creative Destruction.  This theory of economic innovation was built upon ideas originally found in Karl Marx’s writings which Schumpeter developed.  In economic terms it is understood as the driving force of capitalism in which new wealth is created by destroying old. Here …

Innovation

Innovation… an Insurance Against Irrelevance!

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Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important. It’s the only insurance against irrelevance.  Gary Hamel As I have explored the word pioneer and what that means for those who carry its name, I have often stumbled across the word innovator in the process. Many pioneers in the fields of science, design, politics, economics and many others have also been innovators. …

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The Banquet

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Matthew 22:1-14 One Parable, Two Tellings If you turn to Luke 14:15-24 you will find a parable that is similar to the one that we are looking at this week. There is an invitation, a banquet, rejection and finally an invitation to those in the highways and byways. Matthews version differs in some major ways to Luke and is more …

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The Steward

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Luke 16:1-8 The Most Difficult of Stories If you thought the parable of the sheep and the goats was the most difficult parable to get your head around you probably haven’t read this one. It involves a ‘dishonest’ steward and a manger who in the end praises him for acting shrewdly but losing him money. If you read on Jesus …

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The Neighbour

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Luke 10:25-37 The Context This parable is told in response to a number of questions from an expert in the law, or lawyer as some versions translate it.  The fact that this man had come to Jesus to discuss the interpretation of scripture means he is probably a Pharisee.  This may seem unimportant but strikes at the heart of the …

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The Builders

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Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 6:48-49 The Sermon Close In Matthew’s gospel this parable rounds of Jesus’ sermon on the mount.  It is simple in its structure, following the often used comparison between two peoples actions.  It is the a summary of all that has gone before, condensing the proceeding sermon into a simple illustration. Jesus has spoken at length in the …

Truth Cast Beside

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‘I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old…’ Psalm 78:2 The Parables If you were to ask people which stories they knew from the Bible then a good number of the parables would be included in those they can recall.  This is probably due to the fact that parables often come …

A Word in Time

A Word in Time 2016 : Heavenly and Earthly Glory : Saturday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here. 1 Kings 10:1-10 “Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord loved Israel for ever, he has made you king to execute justice and righteousness.’” (v. 9) Psalm: Psalm 150 …

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A Word in Time 2016 : Heavenly and Earthly Glory : Friday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here. 1 Kings 8:22-30 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this temple that I have built!” (v. 27) Psalm: Psalm 95 Background Having completed the temple and addressed the gathered people (1 …

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A Word in Time 2016 : Heavenly and Earthly Glory : Thursday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here. 1 Kings 8:1-11 “And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord.” (v. 10) Psalm: Psalm 94:14-23 Background Solomon is known for his wisdom but it is the building of the temple that takes centre …

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A Word in Time 2016 : Heavenly and Earthly Glory : Wednesday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here. 1 Kings 3:4-15 “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’” (v. 5) Psalm: Psalm 93 Background Have you ever been given a blank cheque? Or have you ever played that …

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A word in Time 2016 : Heavenly and Earthly Glory : Tuesday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here. Luke 1:39-49 “[Elizabeth] exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb’” (v. 42) Psalm: Psalm 113 Background Luke’s Gospel often brings us alternative voices. From the shepherds (Luke 2), the centurion (Luke 7) and …