Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Hardest Thing to Do

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I was in an interesting discussion about Biblical Interpretation this week. As we strolled through a variety of issues and approaches I was left reflecting upon which passage within the bible is the hardest to live upto. As humans we can delight in free will and many of us can delight in having a free mind. Free to explore think and say what we want. Yet if one is to use the Bible as a guide or a rule book, a handy relevant reference or historical document the way one chooses to live out the message is of note. Therefore I wish to throw out to all you readers, regular and passer by, the challenge of which Bible passage you struggle the most to live upto. This is not a space to say I disagree with X or Y but instead to say I get passage Z but I struggle to live it out. For me it has to be 1 Corinthians 13 1-13. Take Care Y'All John

Thursday, August 09, 2007

09-08-07 A Day of Odities

A day of revelation for Guardian Readers as a small snippit of layout management is illustrated (see P19 of the Main Section). For Christians it is the day of Transfigeration. Which is more bizzare I do not know... Take Care Y'All John

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Two Links

Generic Image Maggi Dawn is in the middle of a fascinating debate about Church and Community, her opening post explained why the two needed to be linked and the comments have taken it into much more fundamental territory over what is this community that is talked about - is it/can it be created? ASBO Jesus is a funky cartoon style take and commentary upon church and society. Some of it looks at what society does, whilst others look at what Christianity does. I'm guessing though he isn't a fan of fundamentalists... Take Care Y'All John

Biblical Interpriation

It is a scripted version of an email that has been doing the rounds for a while. Whilst a joy to watch and enjoy, not just because of the fine performance, I think it enjoyably challenges us all in our selective, blinkered views of the bible - whatever they may be. This leads me nicely from my little mental stretch and reflex to what Wood has just put up. His exploration of the similarities between evangelical and marxist groups makes both enlightened reading and presents enjoyable challenges about institutionalisation. As groups become institutionalised and entrenched the idea of there being a better way is often forgotten, even if the organisation was formed as a better way of doing things. This is something that needs to be remembered by all people, not just those in positions of power. Change is never to be frightening, change is good. The problem is the identification of the wrong areas/type of change. Change for changes shake is damaging but hard decisions for a right conclusion are worth the hassle. This leads into an upcoming Blah learning day which explores the types and forms of leadership within the (established/denominationalised) church and what examples and challenges the emerging church church/changing population cultures present to the church. Lead by Maggi Dawn and Doug Gay it promises to be an exciting and engaging event that really grapples with the what where who and why of leadership and who should be exercising it and who should be paying for it! Take Care Y'All John