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Ministers in the world

I’ve been thinking about how the world sees those who are set by the church as ministers. And there is no clear view on this, as I’ve said before about the image of a young minister, also how ministers might think the world sees us. However much those who are ministers may think about what they do, and however much the church may have its ideas of ministers and what they are. The truth is that the media has more influence, so here are some TV ministers, and the views on them.

Take 10: TV vicars, priests and ministers

Six to watch: TV priests and vicars

So what do we think, some of these are historical figures, so not so relevant. But what I take from them all, is they are real people trying to do their best, and trying to follow the calling they have, dispute all else that is going on.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Ministry, Seen by the outside

 

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Expectantly waiting to glimpse God’s glory

Expectantly waiting to glimpse God’s glory

Wait with expectation
for what may come
to glimpse God’s glory
as it comes.
 
To be passed by
and to see the
presence here among us
as it goes ever on.
 
Is God among us?
Do we see God passing
in the darkness?
Do we glimpse the glory?
 
In expectation let us
wait to glimpse the glory
it is here with us
if only we can see it.

 

This poem was written in response to the Presidential address of Rev’d Ruth Gee, the Presidents of Conference for the Methodist Church in Britain, 2013-14.

 

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2013 in Ministry, Poetry, Spiritual Vocab

 

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For ever and ever

For ever and ever

Jones, Jones, Huws
Morgan a Pugh
Each in their row
each in their place
The same old faces
the same old sermon
 
The Spirit visited
once long ago.
With a wild abandon
and not much time to stay
whipping up a furore
and bringing many in.
 
But now they lay in rows
neat around the walls
in God’s holy acre
with the box at its centre
kept in fine condition
for eternal praise.
 
But empty it now feels
the cloud around
does not fill the seats
only the faithful remnant
Pugh a Morgan
Huws, Jones, Jones.

 

Some reflections in poetry on the state of the church, again it suggests I’ve been on a retreat.

 
 

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Hagiosphere – a posh word for a holy huddle

A friend pointed out this word the other day giving the definition as

used to mean a social ecosystem of like-minded individuals constantly reinforcing their own world-views to the exclusion of absolutely anything that might contradict those views.

And this got me thinking about many churches, that they are often made up of the same type of person. This of course is often the people who live in the area around the church building. However then you get those who go to a church because it had “people like us” in it.

And I have to ask is this healthy? If the church is meant to be the body of Christ, and to respect and contain all parts of the body, then if it is all the same it will stop working. However I do think that this raise questions of what we mean by church {structure / building}. Is it possible to have different expressions of church that are all part of one whole working together? Also what do those outside think, is it a case of “I’m not like them so I can’t go there/won’t be welcome.”

 

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Ministry, Seen by the outside, Wheeel&Spoke

 

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