Lingua Divina

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David Titheridge
– David Titheridge –

Website developer, theology graduate, sporadic preacher, incorrigible reader.

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Psalm 48: Hobbits, Hikers & the Shining City - The Call: Are You Thirsty? I first read The Hobbit in primary school, and the Lord of the Rings at 13 or 14. For anyone who lives in a hobbit hole, Hobbits are little people – 3-4 foot tall – … Continue reading
A Reading Life: a 40-year journey through 40 top books – Part 1 - 40 years.  40 books.  An enhanced version of my recent birthday speech.  Part One chronicles the birth of a young geek: synthesizers and computer games, crime and travel, good news and bad tunes, along with wild things like Aslan, hobbits, and … Continue reading
Ephesians 5. True Love: the Body & Bride of Christ - Who likes love stories? What’s the most famous story of true love? In the West, maybe Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. In China there are stories like the Butterfly Lovers and Madame White Snake. [1] The Romance of God and Israel Today we’re going to hear the … Continue reading
2 Timothy: The Passion for Purity - Transforming compost buckets into silver trays, garbage into gold, lustful lizards into noble stallions, through being refined and cleansed by dying and rising with Christ. Continue reading
2 Timothy: The Passion of Paul - Paul's burning Passion for Christ as hardworking farmer, disciplined runner, devoted soldier until his last stand and Marathon victory. Continue reading
Akedah: The Trial of Faith - Two weeks ago, we met Abraham in the Bible. [1] Today we’re going to see the most famous thing he did. Philosophers have written books about it. Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen sang songs about it.[2] Jews and Christians and Muslims … Continue reading
Abraham: the Promise of Faith - Is there anyone famous in your family? Someone your parents or grandparents tell stories about? A past ancestor who inspires you? At my language school last year, there was a student called Erik Lincoln. He’s descended from Abraham Lincoln. Today … Continue reading
Matthew 2: Magi, Moses, Messiah - Introduction Last week we read chapter 1 of Matthew’s Gospel. We saw how Israel waited 2000 years for the Messiah, God’s promised King. He would save them from their enemies And bring a new Golden Age. We counted down 42 … Continue reading
Matthew 1: The Christmas Family Tree -   Introduction: Credits and Carvings This year we have read through the Gospel of Matthew. Last week we heard Jesus’ last words right at the end. Today we’re going back to the start. Matthew 1:1 This is a record of … Continue reading
Undivision: Pottery, Pork and Pentecost - Over the past five years I’ve spent some time in Malaysia and India. Both countries have long traditions of different peoples in harmony. Older Malaysians tell me, “When I was a kid, whatever our race or religion, At Christmas everyone gave … Continue reading
The First Songs of Christmas - The Song of Creation In the beginning, There was the Song. A song of life. A song of light. The Singer wanted to share his joy. He dreamed of more voices, new parts. And so. In the beginning, God said, … Continue reading
Luke 15: Prodigal Joy – the Father and His Lost Sons - Introduction Today we’ll meet Jesus’ longest, most beautiful, most famous story: [1] The Parable of the Prodigal Son. [2] The dictionary says “Prodigal” means “wastefully extravagant”. Carelessly throwing money away. Or “richly generous”. For example, “the dessert was prodigal with … Continue reading

Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
Will not stay still.

And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate

T. S. Eliot

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