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Author: David Rietveld

From the Pastor

I presided at George Briscoe’s funeral last week. We sang the hymn ‘Rock of Ages’. The first verse ends with “Let the water and the blood, from Thy riven side which flowed; Be of sin the double cure, Cleanse me from its guilt and pow'r.” I

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Like all fields of knowledge, psychology is bursting with new findings on several frontiers. One of those is neuroscience (understanding how the brain and its chemistry works). One recent finding has to do with emotions. Emotions are a cluster of chemical reactions taking place in

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We are discovering that the Psalms can help express the songs and emotions of the soul out loud. Nowhere is this more true than the so called Penitential Psalms (or Psalms of repentance including Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130 & 143). Guilt is

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The Psalms cover many different emotions and settings. Lament Psalms are the most common, followed by liturgical Psalms written for public worship. The third most common are Psalms of thanksgiving, be they Psalms of personal thanksgiving, corporate thanksgiving, or hymns designed to be sung together.

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Our post-Christian era, values the freedom to choose. My choices reflect my identity, and allow me to set a course towards feeling good, growing my self-esteem, and flourishing, so it is believed. Much of the debate over this plays out in sexuality. But what about

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The grand final of the cricket world cup was amazing. It was a draw and England won on a countback. So it turns out, the umpire misapplied an obscure little known rule. Technically New Zealand should have won. This is a great metaphor for ethics.

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The fourth commandment is “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Is this a law we should obey? And if so why? You may answer yes, because God said so. It is wrong to disobey God. Or maybe yes, because God asks us to. We

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Obligation is now a dirty word. It’s about someone else forcing you to do something. Things done under compulsion do not come from the heart. Ethics has long considered the place of obligation. Not just what is right or what is wrong but also what

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I am aware of a family where an aged relative has an advanced debilitating disease. It’s very sad. To sit with such a loved one is unsettling. We want to do something. In this case there is a radical and invasive surgery available, one

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Anthropologists tell us you can understand a culture by interpreting its symbols. The cross is the key symbol of the Christian Worldview. It simultaneously captures God’s love for us, in that he sent his Son to die for us. Jesus so loved us that he