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A Word in Time 2017 : Judgement and Mercy : Saturday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here Ezekiel 33:30-33 “When this comes—and come it will!—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” (v. 33) Psalm: Psalm 115 Background Since the beginning of the book that bears his name Ezekiel has faithfully shared the words God has given …

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A Word in Time 2017 : Judgement and Mercy : Friday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here Ezekiel 20:33-44 “I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out” (v. 34) Psalm: Psalm 114 Background The Bible often …

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A Word in Time 2017 : Judgement and Mercy : Thursday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here Ezekiel 17:22-24 “On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it; in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest …

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A Word in Time 2017 : Judgement and Mercy : Wednesday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here. Ezekiel 16:59-63 “Yet I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish with you an everlasting covenant.” (v. 60) Psalm: Psalm 112 Background Have you ever broken a contract? Most of us will have entered …

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A Word in Time 2017 : Judgement and Mercy : Tuesday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here. Ezekiel 15:1-8 “Is wood taken from it to make anything? Does one take a peg from it to which to hang any object?” (v. 3) Psalm: Psalm 111 Background Ezekiel received and shared his prophecies in many different and sometimes elaborate ways (eg …

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A Word in Time 2017 : Judgement and Mercy : Monday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here. Ezekiel 14:1-11 “Mortal, these men have taken their idols into their hearts, and placed their iniquity as a stumbling block before them; shall I let myself be consulted by them?” (v. 3) Psalm: Psalm 110 Background The book of Ezekiel was written in …

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A Word in Time 2017 : Judgement and Mercy : Sunday

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Written for the Methodist Churches Online Bible study, A Word in Time. The original post appears here. Matthew 5:38-48 “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (v. 48) Psalm: Psalm 119:33-40 Background It’s that simple… just be perfect like God. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7) contains some of the most inspiring, and at the same …

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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 …

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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 …