Lingua Divina

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David Titheridge
– David Titheridge –

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

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Jeremiah Part 1: Called to Cry – The Conflicted Prophet - Timid and terrible. Fearful and ferocious. Full of tears, yet hard as steel. He woos his hearers like a lover; he stabs like a sword that blazes with fire. “a poet of grace and a prophet par excellence… hard as … 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
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
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

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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