2/7/17 8:35 pm
If you enjoy puzzling over riddles, this blogpost is for you. The title is borrowed from a popular book published in 1964. It seemed an apt description of the paradoxical pattern found in Philippians, where the way up starts by going down. We usually prefer anything to the downward path, even when it’s not working for us. But in a world where “me first” and “give me my stuff” seem to be the mantras we live by, Christ showed a different way. Hint: it includes our failures.
Tags: Philippians2:5-11, Up the Down Staircase, Bel Kaufman, Michael J. Gorman, Richard Rohr, Nelson Mandela, Wilma Derksen
9/7/17 10:47 pm
Winnipeg readers might remember a popular call-in radio show from the ’70’s called “Beefs and Bouquets.” For 30 seconds, callers could air praise or complaints about something going on in the community. In this spirit, Watershed’s teacher/pastor Paul Patterson thought it’d be fun to write to the 1st century writer of Philippians. Paul the Apostle was a gifted writer and visionary, but he could also be a name-caller and a bragger.
Tags: Philippians 3:1-7, Youth For Christ, Beefs and Bouquets, Gains and Losses
16/7/17 8:40 pm
We live in an age of Facebook “likes”, Instagram “followings" and text message chats, but can these online communities replace true friendship? Where is the friend who will love us “warts and all” or bring us soup when we’re going through a tough time? The community in Philippi had many differences, yet God broke down barriers and brought people together. What can Philippians teach us about true friendship?
Tags: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Saint Augustine, Jean-Paul Sartre, Abba Dorotheos of Gaza, Stephen Fowl
23/7/17 9:40 pm
Having unity while still honoring diversity among us is trickier than it first seems. We invariably start relationships off with high ideals and hopes, but life has this way of testing our aspirations. It doesn’t take long to experience each others’ sharp edges. How can we be a people who truly live the gospel we believe in, where everyone and everything belongs? Find out what Philippians 1:27 has to say about unity to our divided 21st century world.
Tags: Rodney King, M. Scott Peck, David Congdon, Fibonacci
30/7/17 5:10 pm
The famous hymn in Philippians tells us that Jesus was with God, then came to earth as human-yet-divine, died and was resurrected. It’s all a bit much to fathom if you really think about it, especially the resurrection. What can we learn about this mystery through the science of what happens inside a butterfly’s chrysalis as it transforms? This week, theology meets science— please join us.
Tags: Philippians 2:5-11, Metamorphosis, Resurrection, Romans 8:11, Monarch Butterfly