Lingua Divina

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David Titheridge
– David Titheridge –

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

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Green-black-red-gold flowers A Tale of Four Colours: From Creation to the Golden Age - Some novels waffle for pages to warm up. Others hit the main theme in the first line. Who can name these books? “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two … Continue reading
Courtesy of Joseph D'Elia Flights of Fancy over a Pedal Note of Grace: Robert Farrar Capon - Robert Farrar Capon (1925-2013) wrote 20 of the most quirky and colourful theology books, of which I’ve read almost half.  His writing is a flamboyant flamenco, a flavoursome stew of Scripture and Christology, food and fun – he was both … 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
Luke 13: Knocking at the Narrow Door - The Feast and the Door It’s a cold dark night. A man is standing at a door. He knocks.  He waits.  He knocks. It’s a warm, bright room, full of happy people. On the table is a feast.  It smells … Continue reading
Luke 11: The Sign of Jonah - When Mike sent out the list of topics for preaching, I was a bit slow to reply. I looked at the options. Jesus feeding 5000 men?  Taken! The Good Samaritan.  A lovely story – already gone! The Lord’s Prayer?  Oh … Continue reading
Luke 9: Face of Glory – The Transfiguration - Who is this man? This year we’ve been reading through the gospel of Luke. So far Jesus has been very busy. Crowds of people followed him everywhere. Sometimes Jesus and his disciples, his closest followers, didn’t even have time to … Continue reading
David’s 2014 Christmas Letter - Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back … Continue reading
Ray Bradbury’s Zestful Zen: Burning Books at Fahrenheit 451 and Bottling Boyhood Dandelion Wine - The Golden Apples of the Sun (1952) has nestled for years on my top bookshelf, with a floating metal clock on the cover and haunting tales inside.  A lonely sea serpent is drawn to a lighthouse foghorn as to its lost … Continue reading
John 21: Peter – Following Failure with the Rocky Shepherd - In our first two messages on “Metamorphosis: Meeting the Risen Jesus”, We met Mary Magdalene crying at Jesus’ grave (see here), And Thomas struggling with doubt (see here). They were both transformed when they met the risen Jesus. Whoever is … Continue reading
John 20: Thomas – Believing Scars and faith in the night - Meeting the Doubter When Mary Magdalene met the risen Jesus, She was transformed from crying in loneliness and loss at his grave, To hope and joy and life. Meanwhile, Jesus’ other friends were hiding inside, full of fear. Every step … Continue reading
John 20: Mary – Rejoicing Tears at the tomb of life - This weekend we will finish our journey through the Gospel of John and complete the Easter story. Our big theme is metamorphosis. The dictionary says this means “a complete change.” In biology, metamorphosis is “transformation from an immature form to … 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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