|Pen and Ink Reflections||
What jumps out at you in any Gospel story? Asking that question is part of the practice of Lectio Divina – divine reading of the scriptures. If you are not aware of that spiritual pathway, do speak with Penny afterwards! Approaching scripture that way, today it is the phrase ‘by another road’ which springs out for me from the text. Now I know that is partly because, in returning to Sydney very soon, I am taking ‘another road’ in my life and ministry this year. Indeed, this Gospel passage came to mind vividly when I came to accepting a fresh calling in the Uniting Church. What I have to say today is linked to that reflective unpacking. Yet isn’t ‘by another road’ a great phrase for most of us in our world at this time, as we emerge from 2020 where old roads (literally and metaphorically) were difficult if not impossible, and as we begin a new year? Let me suggest three ways in which this may be so, drawing on the story of the Magi. For there are at least three great questions which the Magi pose, and embody, for us all. How, that is, will we learn, love and light up our world, so that we too journey home ‘by another road’?...
Candlemas 2014, Sunday 2 February - by The Revd Dr Jonathan Inkpin
I once knew an English bishop who would occasionally get a bit frustrated with some of his priests. You can tell, he used to say, when a priest stops learning and growing, by the publication dates of the books on his bookshelf. In some cases, you only have to look at their bookcase to see that the last theology they ever read was when they were in theological college many years before. Well, that was certainly not true of Father George, my mother’s family’s priest when I was growing up. Father George was in many ways ‘just’ another priest in London diocese, but, unlike some priests and lay Christians, he never stopped learning and growing. Sure, he got a little stuck on one or two issues, as we all do...