Word of the Month for March 2023


  • Why do we do what we do?
  • Is there a best way to live?
  • Why is there so much evil in the world?
  • What can we do about it?
  • Why is our society the way it is? 
  • Why is the economy the way it is?
  • Why is politics the way it is?
  • Why is there still so much poverty?
  • What can we do about climate change?
  • What should our society be like? – and our economy? – and politics?
  • What can we do about war, famine, drought, natural disasters, and the state of our society, economy, and politics?
  • Does the Christian Faith have anything to say about all of this?

Jesus answers some questions

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ (Mark 12:18–31, NRSV)

And they came and said to him, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?’ But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, ‘Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it.’ And they brought one. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ (Mark 12:13–17, NRSV)

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