Lingua Divina

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David Titheridge
– David Titheridge –

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

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Photo Credit: David Ohmer God-forsaken Immanuel: Suffering and the Cross - An autumnal Lent reflection on questions of suffering and the cross, learning from an ancient farmer, a German war veteran and a thorny Pharisee about the Crucified God. Continue reading
the-fellowship-of-the-ring Heroes, Hobbits & Hope in the Bible & Tolkien’s Middle-earth - Losing the Plot For centuries, Western imagination was shaped by the biblical story of life as a pilgrimage.  Modern Europe replaced hope in God’s future with faith in human progress.  The traumatic 20th century shattered this unfounded confidence.  A disillusioned … Continue reading
pieter_lastman_jonah_fish 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
transfiguration-icon 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
A_Christmas_Carol_charles dickens 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-fahrenheit-451-book 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
Third Appearance of Christ by Dirk Bouts 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
The Incredulity of St Thomas by Caravaggio (1602) 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
Noli me tangere by Fra Angelico 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
Grunewald-christ-morph2 John’s Two-Storey Story of Death and Glory - Finding the King How can you recognise a king? There’s a crown on his head. He wears a red or purple robe. He sits on a throne looking down to rule his people. [1] He has power and greatness and … Continue reading
40-birthday-books-part-5 A Reading Life: a 40-year journey through 40 top books – Part 5 - Jewish wisdom and the story of art; novels by a painter-Rabbi, a Vatican correspondent, and a Malaysian lawyer; a world history of language and those who wield it best.  From Torah scrolls to Picasso, the Pope to Zen, hieroglyphics to … Continue reading
grapevine-branch John 15: The True Vine, Family Trees, and the Cost of Grapes - Of gardening and green fingers, family trees and fruit; Pruning vines for greater growth and paying the cost for grapes. Do you like gardens? The Parnell Rose Gardens here in Auckland. Fields full of tulips in Holland. Tea plantations in … 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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