Phil Cann

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trying to follow the teaching of Jesus...

We live in a real world, in the twenty first century, with all it's beauty, dirt, joy and pain. Some of us have a belief system that was birthed in Genesis by our creator and has never stopped developing - bringing with it all the tension and freedom that hits the fan when theology meets the concrete...

 

I love God, I love my wife, I love my family and I love this amazing place we call the earth, with all it's problems. I also love the future hope of heaven, the living reality of forgiveness and trying to figure out how to make a 4000 year old Eastern Book make sense in our modern day world... 


(cont'd) Easter, bunnies and chocolate. It did occur  to us that chasing a rabbit that drops "chocolate" is a somewhat dangerous practice to instill into our offspring. As an adult I'm not picking up and putting in my mouth anything that a rabbit leaves behind hidden in a bush in the back garden! I get the excitement it brings out in the kids and we'll do the whole egg hunt thing too, but when the women went to the tomb early on the first Easter morning, rabbits & chocolate eggs weren't even on the radar - their radar was full of shattered hopes and grief... and into that mess stepped the newness of life Himself (Rom 6:4). But there was also a question; "Why are you looking for the living among the dead?" (Lk 24:5). Great question!


Why as modern humans do we surround ourselves with inanimate objects that we think will bring "newness of life" to our often grieving planet. I get the attraction of new stuff - I have shiny kit syndrome... I should not be left alone in a tool shop or outdoor wholesales establishment, but the newness wears off and I've found out it doesn't matter how much dead inanimate stuff you pile up it never equals real life... The good news of Gods forgiveness to humans claims to be new every morning, it claims to be life to the fullest... what happens then if we just swap that for bunnies and chocolate? Or if I swap it for the adult version of newer cars, brighter looking relationships, bigger houses, fractured families and more debt. Hmmm, I'm up for newness, but newness of life rather than just newness of stuff... just a thought.