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Ruth take 2

A re-cap of a key theme running through Ruth, and then the reading of the entire book end-to-end, as it's done every year at the Jewish festival of Shavout - the re-giving of the Law.

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Ruth, take 1

Ruth is a fascinating little gem of a book: it's a book about a woman (!) a widow (!) a foreigner (!), it was read at Shavout, the re-giving of the law that happens seven weeks after Passover (law-woman story; huh?); in some Hebrew canons it was put between Proverbs and Song of Songs; in ours it's between Judges and 1 Samuel. This is a fascinating, beautiful and powerful story of the hesed of an ordinary woman and an ordinary man being woven with the hesed of God into his extraordinary story, though the ordinary woman and the ordinary man never knew it. Super encouraging, super challenging.

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Liturgy of Lament

A first attempt at a liturgy of Lament, a practice vital to the Church's participation in the Missio Dei, but largely avoided, ignored or forgotten in the contemporary Christian setting. A brief explanation of the practice, and an attempted reflective exercise using lament.

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Biblical inerrancy and our prophetic voice

This one seemed to create more confusion than anything, but here it is for the listening. But basically, I attempted to highlight the way in which we are largely shaped by the dominant western culture (the ideology of the empire to borrow from Walter Brueggemann), to show that if we approach the Bible with the ideology of the dominant western worldview, we as Church will have no prophetic voice, failing to offer the critique and hope that the empire needs. If that doesn't confuse you, have a listen, and be more confused :)

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The suburban kingdom of God

Steve McKinnon works part-time for TEAR Australia (tear.org.au) and part-time as a school chaplain. He has long been involved in building Christian community beyond the walls of the Church. Steve has a strong vision of the kingdom of God for the suburbs, and is a great thinker who is highly practical. He often attempts things from a different angle, and has plenty of interesting stories and insights to share. I describe him as a subversive larrikan: you think you're in for a good yarn (which you are), but his yarns are that good that you're drawn into the story in a way that encourages and challenges you. I love Steve's humble honesty, his bold attempts at the kingdom of God in the here-not-yet, and his inviting laugh.

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