An Advent sermon presented to the West End Uniting Church, December 15 2013.
(The original sermon included a commentary on James 5:7:11 in accord with the church lectionary readings for the week but it is of only tangential relevance to the substance of the sermon so I have left it out)
Advent is the time when we prepare to celebrate the festival of the birth of Jesus and a time when we prepare for the incoming of God’s kingdom in all its glory.
Jesus is the liberator who brings good news to the poor, release for the captive and liberation for the oppressed.
Advent is a season of expectantly waiting, let us expect Jesus the liberator and in terms our covenanting process, let us expect liberation and justice for Aboriginal people. Continue reading
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What the high court says has been extinguished, legislation now says is continuing.
It is not the Australian constitution, with or without its proposed amendments, that extinguishes Aboriginal sovereignty and customary law within Australian law. It is the Racial Discrimination Act that does it. Continue reading
Christian anarchism and the religion of Caesar: Transcending the Roman religion and rediscovering the tribal indigenous Jesus
read it – here
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The time of the stories of the new testament lies between two major events in the Middle East, the Maccabees revolt of the second century BC and the Roman-Jewish wars of the first and second centuries AD. Continue reading
An open letter to the Australian Christian non-violence movement.
Once a Jolly protester
camped by a helicopter
under the shade of total surveillance
And he spruiked and rode
and smashed his mattock on the Helicopter
Who’l come a tricycling Matilda with me
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