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be reflective with meditations by Dave Andrews

‘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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‘God’s Love Is Good’

Waking each dawn I greet the morning, Expectantly open my eyes. Each day I’m living, a gift that I’m given, Can’t wait to see the sun rise.   God’s love is deep, God’s love is high, God’s love is earth, God’s love is sky, God’s love is yours, God’s love is mine. For all of […]

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My Name Is Dave

My name is Dave, short for David in English, Dawid in Hebrew or Dauod as I have often been called in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. The meaning of the name is uncertain, but in the concordance one of the variant readings of the name is loving which is very close to what my parents said […]

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Does Christianity As A Religion Have To Die For Christ To Be Reborn In Us?

For centuries, Christians have presented God as a Supreme Being who showers blessings upon insiders who share certain beliefs and proper institutional affiliation, but who punishes outsiders with eternal conscious torment. Yet Jesus revealed God as one who “eats with sinners,” welcomes outsiders in, and forgives even while being rejected, tortured, and killed. . . […]

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Compassion For All Oppressed Peoples

On one balmy Sabbath, at the very beginning of his ministry, Jesus visited the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth, and when he was asked to read a passage from Holy Scripture, he turned to a part, written by the prophet Isaiah, where it says, and I paraphrase: ‘The Spirit of God has got […]

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At the heart of it.

At the heart of it, the battle that we fight, is not a war between religions but a war between love and hate. Love cannot defeat hatred with hatred. If we love us, but hate them, hate wins. If they love them, but hate us, hate wins. If the lovers of this world stop loving […]

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The Trouble With Being ‘A Self-Righteous Bastard’

Dave Andrews   I have often been called a ‘self-righteous bastard’. But the term was first specifically directed at me by my brother-in-law, Michael Bellas. Let me tell you the situation in which he said this to me, for the context in which he uttered the words, says it all. Ever since I can remember […]

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Bridging Lanka, bringing people together in post war torn Sri Lanka.

Today is my last day in Sri Lanka. I have been here for two weeks, doing some work with my old friend Jeremy Liyanage who has returned to initiate a program called Bridging Lanka, bringing people of different ages, genders, cultures, religions, languages and traditions together in post war torn Sri Lanka. I had the […]

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A Culture Of Love Versus The Politics Of Fear.

This is a lecture I am delivering today at the Emmanuel Centre:   To be human is for our hearts to beat with the desire to love and be loved. If there is a single universal rule of ethical human conduct recognized by the whole of humanity, it is that ‘we ought to love our […]

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I Foreshadowed A New Dark Age

In 2001 I foreshadowed the coming of A New Dark Age. At the time I wrote: • Lately I have been having a recurring nightmare – that the world is moving slowly but surely into A New Dark Age. • In my dreams I see a landscape shrouded in darkness. As I peer through the […]

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Christian Mysticism And Contemplation

Dave Andrews Parker Palmer, the Quaker community worker says: ‘contemporary images of spirituality tend to value the inward search over the outward act, silence over sound, solitude over interaction, quietude over engagement and struggle.’[i] Palmer says ‘if one is called to the world of action, the(se) images can disenfranchise the soul, for they tend to […]

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