Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

Authorities imprison “Jesus” for disturbing public order

Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Joachin Kouamé N’guessan, the pastor of the Patmos Dieudonné Church, who presents himself as Jesus, was arrested on March 31 in the popular commune of Yopougon in Côte d’Ivoire and placed under arrest warrant by the public prosecutor. Read more Related Posts:Two catholic priests arrested by Myanmar juntaPastor claims giving more money will hasten second Read more

Passing through the eye of the needle

Thursday, October 7th, 2021
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The old city of Jerusalem has been surrounded by walls for its defence since ancient times. These walls have been destroyed and rebuilt countless times. A journey to the old city of Jerusalem often involves a walk along the much-excavated walls. In 16th century, during the reign of the Ottoman Empire in the region, the Read more

How Jesus became white

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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The first time the Rev. Lettie Moses Carr saw Jesus depicted as Black, she was in her 20s. It felt “weird,” Carr said. Until that moment, she’d always thought Jesus was white. At least that’s how he appeared when she was growing up. A copy of Warner E. Sallman’s “Head of Christ” painting hung in Read more

Walking where Jesus walked: Holy Stairs reopen

Monday, April 15th, 2019

For the first time in almost three centuries, the holy stairs Jesus is said to have climbed to receive his death sentence from Pontius Pilate are accessible to pilgrims in their original version. Since 1723, at the request of Pope Innocent XIII, the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairway) was covered by a wooden casing in order Read more

NZ researchers argue Jesus may have suffered sexual abuse

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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A study published earlier this month by two theologians resident in  New Zealand suggests that Jesus himself was a victim of sexual abuse. Dr Rocio Figueroa Alvear is a Peruvian theologian currently lecturing in systematic theology at Good Shepherd College in Auckland and an external researcher at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at Otago Read more

The one who comes after

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

For most of my life, scripture has been a part of daily prayer, and yet there is something new every time I read it. This morning, John the Baptizer’s statement about Jesus as “The one who comes after me,” started a long journey of reflection. John, the wild prophet in the wilderness had always known Read more

‘Jesus’ face’ uncovered at ancient church in the Israeli desert

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

A previously-unknown 1,500-year-old painting of Jesus’ face has been uncovered at a Byzantine church in Israel’s Negev desert. The discovery in the ancient Byzantine village of Shivta has thrilled archaeologists. Although the painting is fragmented, experts from Israel’s University of Haifa were able to make out the facial outline. The painting, which is believed to Read more

This disturbing Jesus

Monday, April 16th, 2018
Joy Cowley Jesus

People love him, there’s no doubt about that. The Messiah, some say, while others blaspheme, calling him Son of God. You wouldn’t think him worthy of any title, he looks so ordinary, a man in a simple tunic with a rope belt, an untidy beard. Yet I have seen him heal a child with bones Read more

Nativity Day: the deeper meaning of Christmas

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Christmas. People roll their eyes. The pace in an already over-stimulated society quickens. Everyone is trying to get their jobs, their gigs, their projects, finished by Christmas. Many people bemoan the approach of this festival, complain about its commercialization, wonder why it is still observed in a multicultural, multi-faith country like Australia. But most people Read more

No room at the inn

Monday, December 18th, 2017
Joy Cowley Jesus

The children were talking in class about the birth of Jesus. What did the angels look like? How many animals were in the stable? The only negative character in the story was the landlord of the inn. “He was mean!” a boy said. Really? I wondered why the world’s most beautiful story had to have Read more