A Theology for Exiles?


We need to take a leaf out of the book of the Epistle to Diognetus:
For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity. The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines. But, inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities, according as the lot of each of them has determined, and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly striking method of life. They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but not a common bed. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life. They are poor, yet make many rich; they are in lack of all things, and yet abound in all; they are dishonoured, and yet in their very dishonour are glorified. They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless; they are insulted, and repay the insult with honour; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred.

Bending The Knee

Picture of some MP’s Bending the Knee

Reminds me that
There’s a scene in the Gulag Archipelago where a crowd performs a required standing ovation at the mention of Stalin’s name. Finally one man has enough and sits downs. That night he is sent to a prison camp. The arresting officer tells him “never be the first to stop applauding.”
I bend one knee to Her/(Now His) Majesty
and both knees to Jesus Christ

This Present Madness 1


Vaclav Havel


This Present Madness – 1
Because “Wokeness” is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics. It now controls much of the police apparatus. It pretends to respect human rights. It pretends to persecute no one. It pretends to feel nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing. Individuals need not believe all this stuff, but they must behave as though they did, or they must at least tolerate it in silence, or get along well with those who work with it. For this reason, however, they must live within a lie. They need not accept the lie. It is enough for them to have excepted their life with it and in it. For by this very fact, individuals confirm the system, fulfil the system, make the system, are the system.
A slight modification from Vaclav Havels, “The Power of the Powerless”

On Music


The question of music in worship has been a bone of contention for years. If there is anything likely to split a church, it’s the music or the colour of the hymn books (or in more up to date settings, the use of Powerpoint slides)

My own point of view is that I really don’t mind too much as long as it draws me closer. I’m a 60’s man, so my musical tastes tend to be 60’s trippy stuff.

But I’ve learned to appreciate English choral tradition and orthodox chant so what I post here are personal likes. I hope you enjoy them too