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Where Are All the Truly Open People? [prose-poem]

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The ones who do not mind the other seeing inside their hearts;
the ones whose heartfelt overtures will never be false-starts;
the ones who are always open books rather than closed reactions;
the ones who are full of inner joy with no dissatisfaction;
the ones who aren’t offended or triggered when others speak truth or get real;
the ones who know with ease and grace with their hearts to wholly feel; Read the rest of this entry »

The Anatomy of Betrayal: Exposing the Limits of Friendship

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INTRODUCTION

Recently, I put out a double-sonnet entitled “On Friendship” which seemed to cause a number of interesting reactions. In this little article, I want to address those reactions. Read the rest of this entry »

Blueprint for the Coming Half-Century, 1965-2015

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BELOW THIS BRIEF INTRODUCTION, YOU WILL FIND A PDF LINK TO A DETAILED DOCUMENT, “Blueprint for the Coming Half-Century, 1965-2015”, which appears as an appendix in a book on which I’ve been working sporadically for some years, entitled “Reluctant Angels”. This brief introduction here explains its context, before you read it, so you will better understand it. This book is set during the countdown years of the present aeon, on the cusp of the new aeon, and it focuses on the ingathering and work of strategic counterculture groups (cells of the genuine ekklesia, about which more below) around the world who refer to themselves as “Reluctant Angels” (for reasons which will Read the rest of this entry »

I Am a Hypocrite! (but not in the ways you may think)

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INTRODUCTION: The Modern Urge to Shoot the Messenger

When one writes in the manner in which I do, often on controversial subjects or ones which are designed to stretch the mind, there will always be some people who get bent out of shape or offended, or even outraged. So be it. One of the signs of emotional maturity, and especially of spiritual maturity (which should involve the overcoming of ego issues), is being able to read or hear something with which one doesn’t agree without having apoplexy or being filled with the urge to shoot down the messenger! As a sign of the immaturity which is seemingly inherent in cyberspace is the lurking bunch of people who are always waiting to shoot you down in flames for the least little contradiction of the ways they want to control you and your manner of thinking. It goes with the territory, especially in the Wild West social media scene! Read the rest of this entry »

Mahler’s Epic Resurrection Symphony

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WHEN HE WAS 28 YEARS OLD, Gustav Mahler began writing his second symphony, known as the “Resurrection Symphony”. It had its first performance in 1895 in Berlin, when Mahler was 35 years old, with Mahler himself conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Scored for a huge orchestra and male/female choir (it also has an offstage mini-orchestra), it lasts around 90 minutes. Apparently, it was voted the fifth-greatest symphony of all time in a survey of conductors carried out in 2016 by the BBC Music Magazine. (Mahler’s 9th was voted the 4th greatest, just behind Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony!). Just for your interest, the entire top ten symphonies of all time in this conductors’ vote were as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

The Notre Dame Fire in Paris: What Would Jesus Think?

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Introduction: A Relevant Question

Amidst all the individual lamentations, endless media malarkey and public posturing from politicians, billionaires and various other “dignitaries” about the very rapid burning-down of much of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, I want to ask a highly relevant question: What Would Jesus Think? In fact, I generally like to extend that question to say What Would Jesus & His Apostles Think? That’s because Jesus left it to His apostles to expand on His teaching and His desires for His church. This is a serious query; not only because Christ is the Head of the Church (as I will show below) but in all the media frenzy that I have observed since the conflagration occurred, I have not seen a single journalist pose it. (N.B. I use the term “journalist” very loosely here as there are very few genuine ones left!).

Identifying the True Church & its Foundation

My purpose here is not to join the chorus of civic sadness about the destruction of a manmade monument but to examine the true spiritual significance which lies behind Read the rest of this entry »

Unwitting Service: Even Evil People (& Demons) Fulfil God’s Ultimate Purpose

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INTRODUCTION: Yesterday, I put an image on Facebook with the words: “When you see the powermongers driving this ‘civilisation’ to its destiny, in gleeful celebration of human hubris and in opposition to the Divine will, one can only mutedly mutter one thing in astonishment: ‘Now is their hour and that of the power of darkness’”. What did I mean by that? What is “their hour” and what does it have to do with “the power of darkness”? Well, those last words are based on something which Christ said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come out to arrest Him in the garden of Gethsemane. His exact words were:

“Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw? Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, you did not arrest me. But this is your hour, and that of the power of darkness!” (Gospel of Luke, chapter 22, verses 52-53)

Those final words of His to them make the hair stand up on the back of my neck. If I had been amongst those doing the arresting (if there was still anything benevolent left in me to be reached by Truth and sanity), those words would have stopped me dead in my tracks. I would want to know what they meant, for they have a ring of terrible Read the rest of this entry »