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This is My Body, Given for you

This is My Body, Given for you

An Easter reflection on sacrifice and women’s bodies As his death approaches, Jesus pauses to celebrate a meal with his disciples. Breaking the bread, he declares, “This is my body, which is given for you” (Lk 22:19). With these words, Jesus gives context and meaning to what is about to happen to him. His death, though senseless and incomprehensible as it will seem to his friends, is a sacrifice—an offering of himself for the world.  Later, the apostles interpret Jesus’…

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Safety in the Household of Faith

Safety in the Household of Faith

Recently, in an essay for Soul Tread magazine, I explored the way in which Scripture describes the church as a family, and some of the significance of that for believers. Since I sent it off for publication, I’ve been thinking more about this idea of the church as a family, and about my denomination in particular. The RPCNA (Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America), and now the RPCA (Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia), have been pivotal in my own experience…

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The Body’s Posture of Gratitude: A Thanksgiving Day meditation

The Body’s Posture of Gratitude: A Thanksgiving Day meditation

We usually talk about gratitude and thankfulness as mental practices: we call to mind the good things that we have received, and we try to see in our troubles good in disguise. Gratitude is a feeling and a mindset that we must intentionally cultivate. Yet, in a year when so much of our experiences have been physically limited as virtual events have replaced face-to-face activities, I wonder what the relationship is between gratitude and our bodies? Matthew Lee Anderson, in…

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Longing for the Embodied Church

Longing for the Embodied Church

Here in Victoria, we have reached five months of worshiping online. For a brief month, we were able to have a few other people over in our homes, and so we were able to worship with others not in our family. Still, we all sat on our couch in front of the TV screen. And now that we are in a season of the tightest restrictions yet, I sense the longing of so many to be together with others once…

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