Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Ben Myers passes on the sad news that Brevard Childs has died.
Childs completely changed how I read the Bible, actually making it meaningful to me and my Christian discipleship. Though I doubt he would now approve of how I approach scripture (or, better, how I view Scripture approaching me), I am grateful for the challenge that his ideas and commentaries were to me.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Now, I'm the first to admit (even, proclaim) that the very notion of IQ tests is inherently flawed. Having spent most of my working adult life in the Mental Health field, I passionately abhor the very notion of IQ.
However, even I can admit that this is pretty impressive. Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure that I've met children who can do all of the things listed. Maybe the trick is being able to do all of them, thus demonstrating a rounded mental intelligence?
Either way, I hope that learning to measure herself against the 'average' won't prove to be a burden around this young girls neck. Intelligence is something to be enjoyed, not scored.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This little rant (let's call it what it is, and a theological argument it ain't!) follows on from my post yesterday. I mentioned there some Christians and church leaders who were still emphasising bums on seats and souls in heaven, whilst being suspicious of social action.
I was talking to one of the Anglicans in our town recently and he told me about a Vicar who had told him that he avoided getting involved with community projects and dissuaded his parishoners from doing so too. His reason? They were a distraction from the heart of the gospel message. (Feel free to cuss at this point!)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I'm currently at a conference with around 60 church leaders in the UK. Most of them are fairly new leaders and most are between 30 and 45. And I am in despair!
Foolishly, I had assumed that the one aspect where the Emerging Church can said to be anabaptist - its insistence that this is more than simply saying a prayer to get us into heaven when we die - was generally accepted, even if not fully thought out, applied or acted on. At the very least, (I hoped in vain,) it was being pushed from pulpits all across England's green and pleasant land.
I know nothing!Read more...
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
A friend and I were talking over lunch about a Christian forum that he is part of. He told me how a number of the (mostly) youngish folks involved had been getting in a frenzy over the wonder of 24. Apparently, one of them even had a "Death Count" tally displayed as their signature (similar to the no. of deaths in Iraq that is seen around). As if that isn't distasteful enough, this new count was introduced around the time of the Virginia Tech shootings.Read more...
Sunday, June 10, 2007
It gives you one of those "Ouch! Too true..." feelings.
I would personally appreciate your continued prayers, as I'm still feeling fairly "funky" following recent evets.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
The Real Deal!
I miss you already, mate. You were a good man.
I don't know if you get to watch us from where you are, but you had a great turn-out today, both at the funeral and the Memorial Service - family, friends, church folk and a whole load of people from Bethany. June was well looked after. Your kids did you proud.
But you would have been so embarressed! Plenty of people talked about your faith, your integrity, your love for your family and your awful sense of humour. A number mentioned how you could be sussed out within 2 minutes of meeting you; you were simply the real deal.
Stuart gave a family tribute. (Anne later gave a reading from Psalm 91. I was so impressed with her composure; she just seemed honoured to be able to represent you and read one of your favourite passages.) After having told stories of your faith, bravery (don't worry, he was discreet) and family comittment he said, "So, what negatives can we say about Gordon? ...Not many." In fact, the only thing he could come up with was your lack of football knowledge!
I was later thinking about that question and how Stuart answered as one would expect at a funeral. Don't speak ill of the dead. But, you know what? In this case it was more than polite convention; it was true.
You were the real deal.
Thanks for the chats and the chastisements. Thank you for your strengthening words of encouragement, your grace and your belief. Thanks for the "Amens!" and the "O, no!"s
You were a good man. One of the best.
When we got back, Ellie asked why God took you. I'm afraid I wasn't in the mood for that kind of conversation and dismissed her with, "He didn't. Gordon died." However, if you find out differently now your there, can you let me know?
Saturday, June 02, 2007
I'd love to be able to write well about Depression. I've suffered, on and off, for about 18 years, which include the usual attempted remedies, highs and lows. Along with money and marriage, depression is something that I decided I would be transparent about many years ago. The result is that I constantly meet Christians who are struggling - many of whom have never told anyone else about it and are sometimes overwhelmed to meet another Christian feeling the same way.Read more...
Friday, June 01, 2007
Funeral plans are well under way, so thanks for your prayers and words of support. I would covet your continued prayers, as I'm not sure I've ever felt this exhausted. There's quite a bit I want to blog on, including the nature of hope, the persistance of joy and the arrival of the idea of resurrection in the Old Testament. However, as I think most bloggers do when they're short on energy, I'm just gonna point to a conversation that others are having.Read more...