Vessels of Gold and Clay
This is a book that faces stereotypes, relationships and reconciles polarisations of each. What began as reflections on personal experiences evolved to become more about ways society could take more interest in those that live outside their experience. Mark challenges preconceptions of 'good' and 'human', taking us to a place of intimacy with strangers, to find ourselves discovering new friends. More
This book of poetry reflects on the ways that we as people are simultaneously like gold and clay. While traditionally the precious and beautiful is made of gold, Mark invites us to consider the biblical instruction to value the broken or 'unformed clay', often perceived as ugly.
Inverting perceptions of value, Mark shows us that everybody deserves to be told they are loved... especially the 'unlovable'. Everybody desires to be accepted and appreciated as they are, even as they make choices that might be counter to that possibility.
This is a collection of reflections on relationships; relationships between us and God, us and 'the other' and our own, internal relationship with ourselves.
Mark challenges preconceptions of 'good' and 'human', taking us to a place of intimacy with strangers, to find ourselves among new friends.
This book is about God and me, the rich man, the poor man. The prostitute, the drug addict. The gay man, the lesbian, the transvestite. The pregnant teen, the pedophile, the unplanned baby, the aborted baby and it's mother. The sick, the naked, the hungry, the imprisoned. The lonely, the hurting.
It's about asking Jesus 'where are you?'
In answer, Jesus says to us "I am in each of these people."
"Where are you?"
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