1 Peter 3: 18-22

Between 1940 and 1943, the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a book to which he gave the simple title Ethics.  Composed in secret, and left unfinished due to his arrest by the Nazis for his part in the plot to assassinate Hitler, the Ethics was recovered from its hiding place after Bonhoeffer’s execution, and has gone on to become one of the masterpieces of 20th Century Christian theology. Continue reading “1 Peter 3: 18-22”

Matthew 6: 1-6; 16-21 – an Ash Wednesday Reflection

At first glance, today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel seems a strange one for Ash Wednesday – perhaps even a strange reading for any day on which Christians gather for worship.  Indeed, the initial impression you get from today’s reading is that it carries a bias in favour of private prayer and worship over public expressions of faith.  Indeed, taken to its logical conclusion, it might be argued that today’s passage is wholly supportive of the kind of thing people mean when they say: “I’m spiritual but not religious”, or, “I love Jesus but hate the Church”. Continue reading “Matthew 6: 1-6; 16-21 – an Ash Wednesday Reflection”