Sword and Scalpel Meditations

Blog posts by Rt. Rev. Joshua Thambiraj

The Elevator and the Illusion of Control

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 Have you ever gotten into an elevator, and decided you were going to get going quickly by pressing on the door “close” button? And after a few attempts, you find that it closes anyway? If an engineer tells you it was a waste of time to keep pressing the elevator button all the time, what would you say? Would you say the manufacturer made an error? Or would you…

Why Do We Need a Spine? Physical and Spiritual Implications

Why do we need a spine? Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer Part 2 The spine helps hold up our body. The spine allows all other structure to function effectively. Muscles and tendons work well when attached to the bone. A muscle torn off the bone shrivels up and is ineffective (2). Structure Helps Following from my previous post, we learn that Jesus’s structured prayer helps train us, like pilots, to be able to pray effectively even on auto pilot mode.…

Do You Pray “by the Seat of your pants”

Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer Part 1 “Fly by the Seat of your pants” – Where did this saying come from? And how does it relate to prayer? Free Style Pilot Douglas Corrigan was a pilot who flew without any navigational aids. While he survived, his adventure gave rise to the phrase to ‘fly by the seat of your pants’, which  means  “to decide a course of action as you go along, using your own initiative and perceptions rather than a predetermined…

Denying the Truth Does Not Mean It Is Fake News

How can one who profess to be Christian and still hold views contrary to the Bible?Example: Not afraid of burning in hell?? I watched on TV as a son of President Reagan blithely announced “Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in Hell.”  At least he is honest in that he does not believe in what the Bible clearly states. Text : Please read Jeremiah 9:17-26 Denying the Truth does not mean it is Fake News.Various authors have called such befuddled thinking (though Reagan’s son…

Freedom or Lockdown? Thoughts about Covid 19.

How do we respond to dangerous situations that will surely present themselves in our daily walk? The Bible says that such situations will happen, and fear is a default response of the fallen world. The coronavirus will be around for a long time to come. We are not out of the woods yet.. The last pandemic (Swine flu) in 2009 lasted 20 months. “Death anxiety” will afflict all of us, but our response will depend on our eternal hope. “Your…

Do Christians Have Special Protection From Disease?

Do Christians have special protection from the corona virus pandemic compared to non-Christians? A question that came up in my systematic theology class this week, in light of the corona virus pandemic. The class was discussing the origin of evil and suffering, and why Christians also seem to suffered horrendous evils and fall sick like everybody else. Does not God protect the Christian? Is it true that  Christians have a special protection? This was an unfortunate headline in New Zealand…