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be reflective with meditations by Dave Andrews

Revolutionary Sympathy

My understanding of the role of a prophet has been shaped by the insights of two wonderful theologians, Abraham Heschel, and Walter Breuggemann. Abraham Heschel was a Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians of the twentieth century. Heschel was not only a professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, he […]

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Beginning Again

In the scriptures it was the prophets who spoke of what it would be like for us to begin again, ‘to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God’ (Micah 6.8) We know we may be able to begin again, but even at our best, what we can accomplish is only partial and temporary. […]

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Ongoing Struggle

Justice is not a mass-produced, consumer product; it is a craft product, produced by the masses. Justice is not something, like a nice car, that we can acquire already made; it is, like a good friendship, something that we can only have if we make it ourselves. We don’t get it by taking what we […]

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Love And Justice

Justice has no separate meaning apart from the meaning love imparts to it. Justice is the concrete manifestation of love as policy in our political economy. Love is the ideal. Justice is our attempt to realise that ideal in our community. At best, our realization approximates our ideal. At worst, it parodies our ideal. The […]

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Politics Of Love

Love is seldom considered ‘a political virtue’. But, as Edgar Brook points out, ‘the world languishes because love is being tried so little.’ Hence, he joins his voice to the growing chorus of people around the world who call for love to be put onto the political agenda. ‘It is imperative,’ he cries, that love […]

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Love As Sacrifice

Love is a sacrificial concern for the welfare of others. It is a concern that is not self-righteous, but self-forgetful in its concern for the welfare of others. It is not masochistic, but is willing to make significant sacrifices, spontaneously, to ensure the welfare of others, which it seeks. Love always works toward mutuality. Yet […]

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Single-Minded Kindness

The greatest illustration of what it means to love radically, deeply, personally, passionately, practically, relentlessly, endlessly, sacrificially is what we see in Jesus, throughout his life, but most graphically, most poignantly in his death. Jesus embraced not only the pleasure, but the pain of love in the real world. On the cross, we see when […]

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My Greatest Challenge

My greatest challenge in life is to love others as I am loved. In all religions the challenge is to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. In Taoism the challenge is descriptive. ‘Regard your neighbour’s loss or gain as your own loss or gain.’ In Jainism the call is instructive. ‘One who neglects existence […]

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My Great Joy

This is my great joy. It is the sine qua non of my life: the thing without which nothing makes sense to me at all. It is the beating heart of my songs, my books and my work. I am Dave Andrews – the David, the Beloved of God. That is the secret of my […]

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A Faithful Dave

As an adult I became increasingly disenchanted with my namesake ‘David’, who no doubt was much ‘beloved’ – but seemed to love no-one but himself. I don’t think David really loved the women in his life, and though Jonathan ‘loved him as his own soul’ (1 Sam.18:1) and he said Jonathan’s love for him ‘was […]

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‘I Got A Friend’

I am involved in a local community service that includes some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in our neighbourhood. Psalm 23, portraying God as a good shepherd, leading, feeding and looking after his sheep, protecting them with his ‘rod’ and ‘staff’ and providing for them ‘in green pastures’ by ‘still waters, is a favourite […]

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‘The Lord Is My Shepherd’

As a boy I was enchanted by the story of my namesake, David, the shepherd boy, who defeated the giant Goliath in mortal combat, armed only with his sling and a well-aimed stone, and so became a celebrated archetypal national hero. Apparently, at one time, the courageous, devoted, risk-taking David was not only a man […]

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