A Hobbit considers gold – or Can Christians be billionaires?

By Aian Macpherson What affect does Christian discipleship have upon our attitudes to our wealth? Does Christian life make it increasingly likely or unlikely that we should aspire to wealth? Looking at reactions to wealth of two characters from J.R.R Tolkins The Hobbit, Thorin – a dwarf chief – and Bilbo – a hobbit – … More A Hobbit considers gold – or Can Christians be billionaires?

Running down – a thought for underappreciated Psalm 133

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to go on a retreat (a time to seek God). It was ‘guided’, which means that someone is there leading or pointing you through the process. My friend Fr. Andrew who led the retreat based it on the Psalms of assent, Psalms that we think where used by pilgrims going to Jerusalem 1000’s of years ago. I ended up with Psalm 133. A short Psalm that is little used for teaching, but one verse is often quoted at well-meaning ecumenical events. ‘How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!’ – it does sound nice.
But here is what happened when I dug in.
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