Final Step Cafe, Melbourne. Murphy Street, Toorak. Double Ristretto. I only risk the double rist when great rewards are offered. Probably the best I've ever had - the real deal. It refused to be relegated to the background, to quietly shuffle to the corner of my consciousness behind the smells, sounds, emails, projects, intentions. It asserted… Continue reading Coffee and Freedom
I was emailed this beautiful little essay by the convenor of a workshop I'm participating in next week. It's on the value of discussing ideas with others rather than trying to work things out alone. The final paragraph on the foolishness of examinations is a particular highlight. Long-live the reading-group! Death to examinations!!
Thesis: the biblical-canonical concept of friendship is not incompatible with radical different-ness between the friends. [This train of thought begins here and it part of a series I've been working on since last year. You can find earlier articles by searching for the theme 'friends'] The different-ness of friends can be seen more subtly when we seek… Continue reading Friendship and Asymmetry
Is equality between friends essential to the concept?
I've been plugging away at a series on 'Friendship' for quite a while now. I apologise for the pause and for the fact that this is a rather larger chunk of thought than usual. In a previous post, The Lord of His Friends, we discussed the difficult connection between friendship and obedience drawn by Jesus… Continue reading The Friendship Hinge.
Jesus turns to the men sharing his table, who have shared his life and been washed by his hands, and calls them 'friends'. But what kind of friendship is it? “You are My friends if you do what I command you.” That sounds like a remarkably conditional form of friendship. The phrase is jarring, almost… Continue reading The Lord of his friends