The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “Jesus

A Manger’s Long Shadow

Posted on December 24, 2015

HE APPROACHED US LAST FRIDAY morning during the Day of Giving that Bell Media was running for the London Food Bank. The downtown market was busy but somehow he seemed familiar. He dropped his three bags of groceries into the waiting bin, stopped for a moment, and said quietly to me, “Thanks for all you’re doing for folks. I’ve had to use the food bank during some of the worst moments of my life and I just felt I had to give back.” I asked him for his phone number so we could talk later and then he was off. When we finally connected later in the day, he told me of how his parents had been killed in a car accident when he…

Jesus and Thanksgiving

Posted on October 14, 2013

I have often observed in fascination as people attempt to adroitly dance around the subject of Jesus.  Some, of course, don’t flit around the subject at all, opting to either dismiss all things religious or even seek to trounce it altogether. But when it comes to the person of Jesus himself, people often take more care, aware that whatever he was, it was something more transcendent than organized religion. We in the West, free of so much oppression and turmoil, continue to take our heroes out of context because we understand so little about what it takes to overcome the remarkable oppressions of politics, authoritarianism, and failure.  We pick the parts we like and even quote them on important themes and occasions. Vaclav Havel,…

Identity – Jesus, Branding and Politics

Posted on March 28, 2013

It’s Easter Week and for some it will only mean a few days off work or school.  For people of the Christian faith it will carry the deeper meanings of mortality and new life.  I’d like to pursue something unusual and trust the some don’t view it as irreverent.  Since we are considering thoughts on identity, I’d like to ponder how politics framed Jesus Christ’s final week but how it couldn’t ensnare or own who he truly was.  There are lessons in this for everyone considering a political life. When he rode into Jerusalem on that particular Palm Sunday, Jesus was entering a charged political atmosphere.  There was no way he could avoid it.  Jewish sects were vying for prominence, the general population was…