Glynn Cardy’s commentary on Days 1–10

Community of Saint LukeI’ve been very much enjoying the 30 Days of Paul posts by Glynn Cardy on the Community of Saint Luke Facebook page but realized early on that they would over time be buried by more recent Facebook posts, so I’ve embedded them here for ease of reference. Clicking on the date (“Tuesday, June 30…”) will take you to the full entry on Facebook.

Day 1

I confess it’s been awhile since I’ve read 3 chapters of this book. It’s kind of like eating a bowl of junket. Junket was a childhood desert in the ‘60s with an odd texture and taste that I was glad to leave behind when I had more of a choice about what I ate! …

Posted by The Community of Saint Luke on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Day 4

Galatians 3 and 4. I’ve just been to Pirongia. Its a little country town about two hours out of Auckland. I went with about 70 others to bury a friend, Malcolm. He’d bought the plot some time back. It’s on a hill looking out over the town and mountain, both of which have the same name. …

Posted by The Community of Saint Luke on Friday, July 3, 2015

Day 5

“Stand fast in the liberty wherein Christ has made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” [Gal 5:2].

It was a great verse to memorize as a teenager when my world, and the world of my peers, seemed to be always in a tangle. Rules and the regulators of rules were our bondage. …

Posted by The Community of Saint Luke on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Day 6

1 Corinthians 1 & 2. Foolishness. It’s foolish to follow Christ [1:18ff]. So being serious, and wanting to and wanting to follow Christ, what is a foolhardy idea/action? That’s the pebble that’s been in my shoe all day.

Well, here’s one idea:

Count the number of churches, mosques, temples, and any other religious group/community in New Zealand. Then count the number of service clubs. Then the number of sports clubs. Then add all those numbers together. My guess is, given we’re a small country, that number would be about 20,000.

That’s the number of refugee families that New Zealand should take in every year.
And every one of those 20,000 groups should adopt one family, and support them. …

Posted by The Community of Saint Luke on Monday, July 6, 2015

Day 7

“What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” [1 Cor 3:5-7]

Paul’s argument then changes metaphors from the garden to the house. One apostle dug the footings. Another poured the foundations. Another put up the framing. Etcetera.

As I pondered throughout today, I thought of how each of us are shaped by multiple influences. …

Posted by The Community of Saint Luke on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Day 8

1 Corinthians 5 & 6. It was fun reading out loud 1 Corinthians 5 to our Wednesday Communion group wagging my finger in a Rowan Atkinson style “do not associate with… [someone who is] sexually immoral or greedy, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber”. Laughter is sometimes the only way to cope with these readings.

That said there has always been an issue of how a religious community deals with a member who is destructive – trying to destroy others, trying to destroy the wellbeing of the community, and often destroying themselves. …

Posted by The Community of Saint Luke on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Day 9

1 Corinthians 7 & 8. The 1st century Christian eschatological worldview led them to imagine a different kind of family from the patriarchal models of Judaism, Hellenism, or Rome. Family for Christians was found through forming spiritual bonds. Mothers and fathers were those who nurtured others in faith. …

Posted by The Community of Saint Luke on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Day 10

1 Corinthians 9 & 10. ‘All things are lawful, but not all things build up’ [10:23]

Presbyterians like laws. Someone told me it’s in our denominational blood. The good side of that is the precision and clarity that reasoned argument and decision making can bring. The bad side of that is the precision and clarity that reasoned argument and decision making can bring. Is the Bible an earthly law book? Is God operating according to a heavenly law book? Some seem to think so. …

Posted by The Community of Saint Luke on Thursday, July 9, 2015

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