I suspect that for most of us, being cruel brings to mind aggressive, perhaps even violent acts. We think of cruelty as being assertive. But here Jesus links being cruel not with what we do to others, but by what we fail to do for them. Cruelty is associated with the apathy that would fail to look for a lost sheep. It is cruel to be passively content with ninety-nine knowing that one has gone missing.Read More
I have had the privilege of travelling around the world – literally! I’ve seen too much to not be sympathetic towards the oppressed and the poor. As a result I want to do all that I can to encourage a movement towards a wider distribution of the blessings most of us enjoy.
James calls us in a very direct manner to examine ourselves and our actions.Read More honesty, wealth, cruelty, self indulgence
Read Reflect Today’s psalm offers the flip side of the perfect world we read about last week in Psalm 128. The two form a pair. Like Psalm 124, the repetition at the beginning indicates that it was intended for communal use, with the worship leader beginning with verse 1 and the congregation picking up the […]Read More vengeance, cruelty, feelings