Thought for the Week - Lynden Jones

Lynden Jones

Lynden Jones

First published in News

POLITICIANS are having a rough ride at the moment.

They seem to be in constant conflict with the press, and opinion polls seem to suggest that they are not much loved by the public either.

One of the main complaints appears to be that they are arrogant and lack humility.

If we are honest with ourselves, these are faults that we all have from time to time, if not all the time.

In the Bible, we have the example of Jesus Christ who was completely humble and obedient to God.

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians (chapter 2 verse 8) we read ‘that he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on the cross’ and in his life he dedicated himself to the service of others.

The life of Jesus was a life of humility and service and remains an example to all of us, believers or not.

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8:25am Sun 4 May 14

Upontheroof says...

Is this guy for real?
Politicians are in the press, not for the good they are doing (which you don't read much about anyway), but for there self serving and corrupt ways that they have chosen to do while serving us, the public.

To compare Politicians to normal hard working and honest people and then to quote bible extracts. clearly show this person should wear a safety helmet at all times, in case of further knocks to the head.

You need a get well card, not a thought for the week article ......
Is this guy for real? Politicians are in the press, not for the good they are doing (which you don't read much about anyway), but for there self serving and corrupt ways that they have chosen to do while serving us, the public. To compare Politicians to normal hard working and honest people and then to quote bible extracts. clearly show this person should wear a safety helmet at all times, in case of further knocks to the head. You need a get well card, not a thought for the week article ...... Upontheroof
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8:06pm Sun 4 May 14

Peter H. says...

Your comment is a little harsh, but I see where you’re coming from.

‘Thought for the day’ type articles link scripture to everyday events, and sometimes it’s a bit of a parlour game to see just how far a commentator will go to create one, however tenuous it may be.

One that left me scratching my head was made before a big football game. It quoted a verse from Corinthians: ‘For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I may win more of them.’

Personally, I would love someone to make a ‘thought of the day’ based on Deuteronomy 25 (v. 11-12).

It reads - I kid you not…..

‘If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity‘.

Spare a thought though for Rev. Frederick Maurice (1805-1872), sometimes described as the world’s worst preacher whose sermons were ‘like eating pea soup with a fork’.

One parishioner claimed ‘ I must have heard him, from first to last, some thirty or forty times, and never carried away one clear idea, or even the impression that he had the faintest conception of what he himself meant’.

Sadly, we shall never know what his sermons were about, but when asked, another parishioner replied: ‘Well, all that I could make out was that today was yesterday and this world is the same as the next.’
Your comment is a little harsh, but I see where you’re coming from. ‘Thought for the day’ type articles link scripture to everyday events, and sometimes it’s a bit of a parlour game to see just how far a commentator will go to create one, however tenuous it may be. One that left me scratching my head was made before a big football game. It quoted a verse from Corinthians: ‘For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I may win more of them.’ Personally, I would love someone to make a ‘thought of the day’ based on Deuteronomy 25 (v. 11-12). It reads - I kid you not….. ‘If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity‘. Spare a thought though for Rev. Frederick Maurice (1805-1872), sometimes described as the world’s worst preacher whose sermons were ‘like eating pea soup with a fork’. One parishioner claimed ‘ I must have heard him, from first to last, some thirty or forty times, and never carried away one clear idea, or even the impression that he had the faintest conception of what he himself meant’. Sadly, we shall never know what his sermons were about, but when asked, another parishioner replied: ‘Well, all that I could make out was that today was yesterday and this world is the same as the next.’ Peter H.
  • Score: 2

9:10am Tue 6 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

You have to remember that even the earliest Gospel was written over 30 years after the crucifixion. 2000 years ago that was two generations and not less then a decent life expectancy. So if Jesus did exist (and I'm prepared to admit that there is reasonable evidence that he did as a person) there was plenty of time to 'sex up' the Bible in order to give him a bit of decent PR.
Add to that all the other Gospels that the early Christians (now we are talking a politically savvy bunch of aristocratic males) chose to ignore and it is little wonder Jesus has a pretty positive reputation nowadays.
You have to remember that even the earliest Gospel was written over 30 years after the crucifixion. 2000 years ago that was two generations and not less then a decent life expectancy. So if Jesus did exist (and I'm prepared to admit that there is reasonable evidence that he did as a person) there was plenty of time to 'sex up' the Bible in order to give him a bit of decent PR. Add to that all the other Gospels that the early Christians (now we are talking a politically savvy bunch of aristocratic males) chose to ignore and it is little wonder Jesus has a pretty positive reputation nowadays. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 5

11:35am Tue 6 May 14

laurence86 says...

Thou shalt not steal....

It seems to me that Maria Miller doesn’t exactly follow your religion as devotedly as you do Mr Jones.
Thou shalt not steal.... It seems to me that Maria Miller doesn’t exactly follow your religion as devotedly as you do Mr Jones. laurence86
  • Score: 2

2:52pm Tue 6 May 14

Peter H. says...

In the 'Forbidden' gospels, Jesus murders his teacher, kills a boy who bumped into him and then blinded the family who complained.

Who is to say this is untrue?

Without knowing the motives of the writers and the culture and society under which they lived, then the truth of any gospel is a matter of conjecture and that's assuming no other gospels will be discovered or have not already been destroyed.
In the 'Forbidden' gospels, Jesus murders his teacher, kills a boy who bumped into him and then blinded the family who complained. Who is to say this is untrue? Without knowing the motives of the writers and the culture and society under which they lived, then the truth of any gospel is a matter of conjecture and that's assuming no other gospels will be discovered or have not already been destroyed. Peter H.
  • Score: 4

4:07pm Tue 6 May 14

Opinions_opinions says...

Animal Farm

We are all equal, but some are more equal than others.

Maria Miller ????????????
Animal Farm We are all equal, but some are more equal than others. Maria Miller ???????????? Opinions_opinions
  • Score: 3

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