Matthew 27: 11-54

At the beginning of this Lenten season, I received some correspondence inviting me to participate in a protest action. The proposed action was not in relation to whaling, or climate change, or refugees. It was, rather, an invitation to participate in a protest against a comedy show that would be appearing in this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival. The show in question was called Come Heckle Christ, and was apparently a one-person comedy in which an actor portraying Jesus would appear on stage dressed in bath towels and sticky taped to a fake cross. The audience would then be invited to heckle the “Jesus” figure, who would respond in a suitably “Christ-like” fashion. Continue reading “Matthew 27: 11-54”

Ezekiel 37: 1-14

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but the last twenty years have seen the spectacular rise of a whole series of books, films, and televisions shows in what might loosely be called the “supernatural genre”. Of course, it might be argued that “supernatural” themes have been a part of human culture since the gothic horror novels of the 19th century; and, indeed, in folklore and superstition, from the dawn of human history. But the “supernatural genre” to which I am referring is a distinctly modern phenomenon; for while it contains all the features of the classic gothic tale, it comes with a distinctly new and different character that is unmistakably of our time and place. Continue reading “Ezekiel 37: 1-14”