Revolutionary Threads : Clearing the Temple

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Mark 11:15-18, Matthew 21:12-17, Luke 19:45-48, John 2:13-23 Two or One The clearing of the temple occurs in all the gospel accounts. There is an issue with this, in that the three synoptic gospels1 have this happening in the later stages of Jesus’ ministry and in the lead up to his death whereas John’s gospel has it at the very …

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Revolutionary Threads : According to the Scriptures

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1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 24:19-27, Acts 8:26-40, Acts 17:1-3 ‘What Does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?’ The above quote is found in the works of Tertullian, an early Church Father from Carthage in Africa.1 He had seen a trend in Christian theology to try and marry together the ideas of Greek philosophy with those contained in scripture and he …

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Revolutionary Threads : Revolution

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Genesis 2:4-17, Matthew 26:55-56, Luke 23:1-24, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Revelation 22:1-5 Between Two Trees Genesis 2 gives us a description of the Garden of Eden and tells of the Tree of Life that sits within it. In Revelation 22 we have another description of God’s kingdom in which the Tree of Life is again mentioned, this time at the centre …

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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. …