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Good Friday reflection

As I think about today, the day that we remember Jesus being placed on the cross, and then the death of Jesus, two things come to mind.

  1. Who was on the Cross. Many people find issue with the idea that “God”, is punishing “his” “son”, by putting him to death on the cross. However for me this misses a key point, that Christians have one God, and that “God the Father” (the first person of the Trinity) is God, and that “God the Son” (the second person of the Trinity) is God. And that they are both equally God, though the Son is God incarnate and is fully divine and fully human. The missing of the point is seen in the ironic work of Sydney Carter, “It was on a Friday morning” where the narrator has missing the point. To listen to it see here, where N. T. Wright does the singing.
  2. Was Christ forsaken as many put over, the words on the cross in Matthew 27:45-46

45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

are in fact the start of Psalm 22, which is much more positive in emphasis.

So my Good Friday reflection is that this is part of a large work of love, but also that what happens here might be worth a closer look.

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Ministry

 

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The point of church

After Lord Carey made some comments the following has appeared by A N Wilson in the Telegraph, now I don’t quiet agree, and this is why:

I’d have to say the article misses a big point in the whole focus on “sex”. That in the medieval period and before the Victorians, many people lived together unmarried, had children and so forth. This was a norm, and they would wait for the priest to turn up and then maybe get married.

I’d say the issue here is the need to re-evaluate the Victorian morality that we have inherited. Go back to the approval of monogamous committed relationships – and the encouragement to come before God and people to celebrate this.

As to the second point of rational thought, then I don’t buy this ether. I know many rational people who believe, the bigger issue is the language gap between “church and world”. That people don’t know the stories and thus the model we work in does not cope well with this (it still works in general on people having a background understanding). Also may people will be more willing to listen once they see things happening (the Frances effect).

Also I am reminded of something that Anglican Memes came up with.

 

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Ministry, Seen by the outside

 

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Some light reading

Of late a couple of the blogs I follow had on them some interesting posts, a set of intercepted missives, that are reminiscent of those penned by Screwtape. The first of these appeared on Restless Pilgrim as The Bogwash Epistles, then a few days later comes The Smudgefutt Letters on Adopting James.

Both of these are in the style of the original work by C. S. Lewis, the well known The Screwtape Letters. However what I have found interesting is reading the reviews of Lewis is work on Good Read, and the number of people who seem to have missed the point of satire. Some complain that it is about demons, others that it is not respectful and even some say blasphemy. Now if Narnia is all one has read of Lewis is work, then this is a change of gear. However do people not read the introductions to books, or engage brains – the complaints made by Screwtape about being ridiculed should point this out a little.

Well for me this has been good bed time reading, and I’m enjoying reading some of the homages to the work, and if any one comes across another please do let me know.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in 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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When the flame shall fall

When the flame shall fall
and the fire start
let us trust in you o Lord
When the flame shall fall
and the fire start
let us hope in you o Lord
When the flame shall fall
and the fire start
let us pray to you o Lord
When the flame shall fall
and the fire start
let us be in you o Lord
When the flame shall fall
and the fire start
let us go with you o Lord

 

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Poetry

 

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Great Adventure

Great Adventure

It’s a great adventure
where off to save the world
We’ve trained and trained
and through much strained
We’ve come this far
along past many a bar
 
It’s a great adventure
where off to save the world
Affirmed in our endeavour
for now and forever
With strength that is lent
for it be heaven sent
 
It’s a great adventure
where off to save the world
Declared by public say
Worthy are they
Upheld in all
comes the response call.
 
It’s a great adventure
where off to save the world
With the declaration ringing
as around us all are singing
In grace we can but stand
our calling in God’s hand
 
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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Ministry, Poetry

 

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Some more poetic reflections

They But

They say the words,
But do they hear?
They do it all,
But do they know?
They take what’s given,
But do they receive?
They act it out,
But can they be?

 

Do you hear the small voice?

Do you hear the small voice
as once you did,
or has the storm
drowned it out?
 
Do you hear the small voice
as once you did,
or has the earthquake
long buried it?
 
Do you hear the small voice
as once you did,
or has the fire
burnt it out of you?
 
Do you hear the small voice
as once you did,
or is there no space
for quiet; in all you do?
 
In the still, the quiet, the fire, the earthquake, the storm,
hear the small voice as once you did.

 

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2013 in Ministry, Poetry

 

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