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Belief is the insistence that the truth is what one would “lief” or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes.Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge i…
 
I believe in the importance of the cross in the Jesus story.It is not my intention to pull any punches on your behalf but to say how I see it.I was taught to defend a dogma, not engage a conversation, that kept me from being open to new ways of seeing things for much of my life.I hope you will see in this message why we may be at cross purposes.…
 
In almost all circumstances, the quest for certainty overshadows the quest for truth.Within that scenario, ‘truth’ becomes manipulated to fit a specific narrative thereby giving the appearance that the certainty being offered is beyond questionwhich is of course, the object of certainty – to place things beyond question.It’s time to let truth have …
 
I don’t want to live in a society that survives because of mercy, I want to live in one that thrives because of loving kindness.If we cannot overcome the curse of tribal religion and its bleed into all forms of life from family to politics, this will never become a reality.This message should be listened to in tandem with the previous two entitled …
 
I know by long experience, that the choice of a certain title, or the subject matter of a talk, will cause some to bypass, switch off or ignore. Everybody likes the stuff on getting past pain and declarations of what will give them guaranteed success with dollops of warm, fuzzy feelings, but dare to delve into things that get close to challenging a…
 
The study of anthropology gives us insight into the human concepts of god throughout the ages. From the ancient text of the bible appearing to accredit to God the authorising of genocide, murder and ethnic cleansing, to the human propensity for prejudice, there emerges the still present defect of God, life, politics and religion viewed through the …
 
WHAT LIES BEYOND THE PAIN?There are things in life that will keep you stuck in places from which you should have moved on but never did.Do you really want to die there?If you are determined to reshape the potential outcome of the story, break away from the pain of the past and the stagnation of the present, hopefully these steps drawn from ancient …
 
The words we use can sometimes be unhelpful and misleading in respect to the message we are trying to convey. The bible translators were not immune to this. What makes it worse, is the thought that sometimes this was done deliberately! By looking at the characters on stage during the epic event we call the nativity, how do we unlock its twists and …
 
The greatest devil you will ever face, possibly the only one, is the one on the inside.What is known in the bible as “the wilderness temptation” was not intended to convey some nominal exercise in script writing or storytelling, but to draw us into a very familiar human story which no human can avoid, the inner questions of identity and purpose.Lik…
 
The religious spirit is a vile curse that has blighted all humanity since the beginning of time. The religious spirit is like oil, it gets everywhere! It is not confined to religious organisations but seeps into anything and everything that holds power over people.What would you think should be the response?…
 
There comes a time in all of our lives when we must face what we least want to face.In that moment we have to acknowledge that we ourselves have contributed to the situation we now have to face along with others along the way.The names we would give to the things we fear facing the most may be different but, at the core, they’re all rooted in the s…
 
If we can put aside the methods we adopt to simply survive situations rather than overcome them, like avoidance, selective blindness, and forced optimism, we may be able to accept there is a place from which to look that offers a noticeable and dynamic life changing shift.It’s not so much what you’re looking at but where you’re looking from that ma…
 
Within the dynamic of life we often find ourselves facing challenging contradictions.What if these arise to alert us to the presence of a greater reality than the one we currently embrace?This is where the Judas principle comes in.We are QChurch! Why Q? We are on a Quest, a Quest for spirituality, joy, relationship, justice, beauty and a new world.…
 
I’m not sure the author of the nursery rhyme "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly” would have known just how relevant this poem would be to a 21st century world. Anything started from a basis of fear will always create reactions not conducive to healthy outcomes. If we spend our time reacting to the latest circumstance we will always end up o…
 
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