My name is Dave McDonald, but many people call me ‘Macca’. I’m married to Fiona and we have four children, two daughters-in-law, and a gorgeous grandchild! We’ve been in Canberra for 24 years, where I’ve been the pastor of a church called Crossroads, and more recently Stromlo Christian Church.
In December 2011, I was diagnosed with an ‘incurable’ lung cancer. This has turned our lives upside down, impacted our plans for the future, and caused us to reflect on what truly matters in life. Many people have encouraged me to write. While not being a writer, there are things I would like to communicate. I hope and pray this blog may be a blessing to others.
What are macarisms? And why have I called this blog by that name?
The silly answer is because people call me Macca and these are going to be things that I want to communicate! But the deeper answer lies in the meaning of the word. It is simply an English version of an ancient Greek word meaning ‘blessing’ or ‘to be blessed’. There are various forms of this word in the New Testament, the most famous being Jesus’ words in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5): Blessed are the the poor in spirit… those who mourn… the merciful… and so on. The specific word ‘macarism’ is found in Romans 4:6-8:
David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness (macarism) of the one whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.
My desire for this blog is that people will be blessed as they read and think about life. My hope is to help people to reflect on the good life, to stop and consider what’s really worth having. If you are encouraged by what you read here, then please leave a comment. If you think others might be blessed by macarisms, then please refer them to this blog.