A final thought from Clarence Johnson’s Inconvenient Gospel.
This one is about the resurrection as God’s emphatic insistence on dwelling among us and not allowing humanity’s rejection to be the final word.


blockquote>So on the morning of the resurrection, God put life in the present tense, not in the future. He gave us not a promise, but a presence. Not a hope for the future, but power for the present. Not so much the assurance that we shall live someday, but that he is risen today. Jesus’ resurrection is not to convince the incredulous, nor to reassure the fearful, but to enkindle the believers. The proof that God raised Jesus from the dead is not the empty tomb, but the full hearts of his transformed disciples. The crowning evidence that he lives is not a vacant grave, but a Spirit-filled fellowship. Not a rolled-away stone, but a carried-away church. We are the evidence of the resurrection. Look at what he has done to us and is doing through us.

Clarence Jordan, The Inconvenient Gospel, Plough Publishing House, 2022, pg. 110.

The glorious uncertainty (inconsistency) of NRL arrived early this year.
Welcome to AFL where things are usually far more consistent.
It seems incongruous that the AFL has more processes in place that seek to equalise their competition, but it has a distinct top and bottom teams.
The NRL gets by with a salary cap (and East’s salary sombrero) and routinely has a closer competition.
While it’s conceivable that before the season started some would have imagined the Dolphins would be favourite in their round three clash with Newcastle, surely no-one thought that they’d have victories from both their previous games as well.

(Draws count as correct)
NRL (last round 3/8; season tally 9/16)
North Queensland

(Draws count as correct)
AFL (last round 0/9; season tally 0/9)
North Melbourne
Greater Western Sydney

Thomas Lynch is the co-author of The Good Funeral with Thomas G. Long.
Lynch is the Undertaker, Long the Pastor, each bringing their own perspectives on funerals, as well as informing each other through their friendship and partnership in good funerals.

Lynch observes that funeral practice in the USA (and much of the western world) over the last forty or more years, really only a few generations has departed in significant measure from the customs of humanity since time immemorial. The absence of the deceased body in a visible manner and the care and handling of the dead by others has changed funeral practice in profound ways.
With the absence of funeral as dealing with deceased bodies, it is understandable that their meaning changes into the increasingly more sentimental gatherings taking place today.

The bodiless obsequy, which has become a staple of available options for bereaved families in the past half century, has created an estrangement between the living and the dead that is unique in human history. Furthermore, this estrangement, this disconnect, this refusal to deal with our dead (their corpses), could be reasonably expected to handicap our ability to deal with death (the concept, the idea of it). And a failure to deal authentically with death may have something to do with an inability to deal authentically with life.
Thomas G. Long and Thomas Lynch, The Good Funeral, Westminster John Knox Press, 2013, pg. 60.

Works of service, mercy, and justice can’t be done with the intention of being noticed by those around us, and yet pursuing them is something that others do notice.
Instead of primarily noticing those who carry these works out, the Holy Spirit may use the works to draw notice to their anticipation of a kingdom that is not of this world – a kingdom that this world so desperately needs.

From Esau McCaulley’s book Lent – The Season Of Repentance And Renewal.

To engage in justice work during Lent his to remember that we look for a city whose builder and maker is God.
While we do not fool ourselves into believing we can establish God’s kingdom on earth before his second coming, we contend for justice as a way of bearing witness to the fact that our present experience is not the kingdom. Complacency with our personal sins is a danger, but so is accepting the sinfulness of the world as an unchangeable reality. Yes, the full work of transformation awaits the coming of Jesus, but there is still work to do here and now.

Esau McCaulley, Lent – The Season Of Repentance And Renewal, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. 2022, pgs. 38.

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