When I’m 64— as in Today!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs2aMiyT6es'I'm 64 say no more, It happened today, 'yours sincerely wasting away'BW3 12-30-51 … [Read more...]

Return to Zion– Kindle Edition Now Available

Just a quick note to let you know that the Kindle edition for Return to Zion is now available from Amazon in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, India, Japan, Italy, and Mexico. Please click here to view the link to your book at Amazon's U.S. site.Please allow for an additional 48 to 72 hours before the physical and electronic editions list simultaneously. … [Read more...]

The Chosen People– by Chad Thornhill, Conclusions

I hope to have demonstrated the value and necessity of placing Paul’s election language back in its original context, which was a decidedly Jewish one. As we reviewed the Jewish literature, we discovered a view of election that was grounded in God’s promises to the patriarchs. This overwhelmingly emphasized the collective nature of election as a concept that applied to a bounded community. When individuals were in view, their role, their character or their representation of a group was emp … [Read more...]

The Chosen People by Chad Thornhill— Part Seven

BEN: In terms of the modus operandi of this book, one of the basic approaches you take is to argue that if an idea is not found elsewhere in early Jewish literature, then it is wise to query whether we can be so sure that this idea is found in Paul’s letter. And this applies especially to the notion of individual predestination unto salvation. Of course it can always be objected that ‘Paul is the exception to many rules’ but I think this sort of approach to the evidence places the burden of p … [Read more...]

The Secret– at Christmastide

THE SECRETHidden reality Like life in the womb Hidden reality Like death in the tomb Hidden away For the appropriate dayWrapped in enigma, cloaked in secrecy, Awaiting a wake up call with urgency. But how shall such a song be sung?A tale that’s never told, A trail that’s long gone cold, A mystery unrevealed, A truth that is concealed, Seems useless on first glance.Who said there was a secret, Who told us we must keep it Who set the search in motion And stirred up our … [Read more...]

Motherload– a Reflection for Boxing Day

MOTHER LOADFrom the very beginning The burden was clear Sometimes bearable Sometimes severeAte from the apple Shared it with him Disobeyed the order Indulged the whim.What was the outcome? The fruit of the act? She ‘knew’ good and evil? She experienced it in fact?Did the earth creature join her? Did he crumble into dust? Did he die in an instant? Or just tumble into lust?To love and to cherish Becomes ‘desire and dominate’ Objectify the ‘other’ So you can subjug … [Read more...]

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day…..

I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along the unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!Till ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, a chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men!Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon … [Read more...]

Incognito– A Reflection for Christmas Day

INCOGNITOHe came in incognito, A thinly veiled disguise The not so subtle son of man, A human with God’s eyes.The messianic secret, Left many unawares A God had walked upon the earth And shared our human cares.We did not see his glory, At least not at first glimpse, It took an Easter wake up call, Before it all made sense.The truth of Incarnation, Of dwelling within flesh, Shows goodness in creation, And Word of God made fresh.Standing on the boundary Twixt earth … [Read more...]

The Bonding– A Word for Christmas Eve


THE BONDINGA cold and listless season, And full of cheerless cheer, When hopes are raised and dashed again And joy dissolves in tears.The search for endless family The search for one true Friend Leaves questers tired, disconsolate With questions without end.Best find some potent pleasure quick Some superficial thrill Than search for everlasting love When none can fill that bill.So hide yourselves in shopping And eating ‘til you burst, Use endless entertainment As s … [Read more...]