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
Dancing with Death and the Meaning of Life - Kick the oxygen habit.  Baste the formaldehyde turkey.  Pay Charon’s fare and cross the river Styx.  Count worms or juggle halos.  The metaphors are many; the timing may vary; the outcome is dead sure. When I was eight, a stroke … 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
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

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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