Alison Talks Faith
The little apocalypse

The little apocalypse

November 14, 2021

A re-telling of Mark 13 into one local context: for the apocalyptic tradition is "both profoundly contextual and transferable" (Ched Myers).

Ruth: Extending the protections of the law to everyone

Ruth: Extending the protections of the law to everyone

November 7, 2021

The story of Ruth undermines the push for religious purity by extending the protections of the law, and the lineage of King David, to a person traditionally despised.

Bartimaeus: Blind faith

Bartimaeus: Blind faith

October 24, 2021

Rejected by the worshipping community, Bartimaeus has true insight into Christ: and this faith makes him well.

Job | Who gave quarks their flavour?

Job | Who gave quarks their flavour?

October 17, 2021

In the face of human suffering, God simply offers a broader perspective.

The real #FirstWorldProblems

The real #FirstWorldProblems

October 10, 2021

Most of us assume that wealth is a blessing and a privilege, but Jesus teaches otherwise. A reflection on one of the most ignored teachings of Jesus which, if taken seriously, would solve the climate crisis and revolutionise the world.

Esther, empire and the hidden hand of God

Esther, empire and the hidden hand of God

September 26, 2021

Esther invites us to look for the hints and intimations of God in our own lives, wise to the follies of empire.

In a climate emergency, Jeremiah shows us how to lament

In a climate emergency, Jeremiah shows us how to lament

September 19, 2021

According to Jeremiah 12, injustice leads to land degradation and species loss. In an era of anthropogenic climate change, Jeremiah's words have new resonance and show us how to lament.

Biblical wisdom, cultural knowledge, and healing the land

Biblical wisdom, cultural knowledge, and healing the land

September 12, 2021

God's wisdom reveals the particularities of place and the interconnectedness of all things, and is a source of hope for the healing of the earth. 

The b***h slaps back

The b***h slaps back

September 5, 2021

Yes, Jesus calls a woman a dog. But she slaps right back: and Jesus listens, and learns, and grows. (Asterisked title to get past Podbean auto-censor! Sheesh.)

Better a dinner of greens

Better a dinner of greens

August 22, 2021

In lockdown, we're appreciating the simple things and discovering, with the wisdom writer, that some choices are better than others.

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