Job 42: 1-6, 10-17

I am told that there are three traditional Chinese curses, which represent an ascending hierarchy of misfortune.  From least to most misfortune, they are:

Job 23: 1-9, 16-17

You may have noticed that I’ve been doing some strange things lately.  Actually, I suspect you notice that I do strange things all the time, but are too polite to mention the fact.  Specifically, however, I was referring to worship over the last couple of weeks, and the fact that I have been doing two things in particular:

Ruth 1: 1-18

The issue of refugees is one which attracts a good deal of attention, not just here in Australia, but around the world.  From North America to Europe, from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific, governments and societies grapple with the question of what to do with refugees; and for many, the answer involves turning to various punitive measures designed to prevent the arrival of refugees, or make conditions so unpleasant they move on of their own accord.  In many countries, refugee populations form an underclass existing on the margins of society, subject to exclusion, prejudice, and violence.  To be a refugee is to live in conditions of chronic insecurity, always vulnerable, always the last to be considered. Continue reading “Ruth 1: 1-18”