Content Overload

Content Overload

I'm coming to terms that sometimes I get a little overly fixated with receiving content - with packing my time (and mind) full of new information... in this piece I explore how this manifests in my, perhaps, overly enthusiastic love of podcasts.

 You don’t start any story with I love x, without love of x coming to be a problem and the protagonist learning to love x in a new more beautiful way 
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SICARIO, and being sent in the midst of wolves

SICARIO, and being sent in the midst of wolves

You will not survive here. You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now. 

A reflection on the final line of the excellent film, SICARIO and Jesus' sending of us into the midst of wolves. Why do we need the mix of dove and serpent, of shrewdness and innocence?

Serpents are wise to the ways of the wolves, to the darkness of the land, and because of that serpents can be subversive in their resistance, crafty in their struggle. The shrewdness of the serpents allows us to sidestep repaying like with like, of believing that the only way to stop a wolf is to become a wolf... 
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Lessons Learnt and Unlearnt

Lessons Learnt and Unlearnt

The process of unlearning and learning needs to continue, by the grace of God, for the kingdom of God. Because it is when this process stops that the church begins to grow insular, that the church begins to exclude, that the church begins to fade – the kingdom of God is a topsy-turvy kingdom of reversals – a sacred anarchy (Caputo) which defies the usual logic of worldly lessons – where we have to unlearn that the first are first, because the first will be last and the last will be first. Where we have to unlearn retribution and reparation, because we must forgive 70x7 – we have to unlearn reciprocity – for we must extend our hospitality to those who could never repay it. We have to unlearn retaliation because we must turn the other cheek, we must unlearn tribal boundaries because there are no longer male or female, slave or free, Jew or Gentile. In the Kingdom of God we must unlearn status because to be great is to serve, we must unlearn prejudice because welcome are the tax collectors and prostitutes, we must unlearn power, because we follow Christ crucified, we must unlearn the fear of death because Christ is risen, and we must unlearn hate, because God is love.

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