Thursday, November 29, 2007
I photocopied it from the original Chinese corps flag that was planted in Limehouse, East London in the early part of 20c. A fantastic story of Catherine Hine fed up with her HQ appointment, who decided to walk down to and eventually live in the Chinese community of Limehouse. If you want to find a story of incarnation try and find Catherine Hine's story. While working at THQ she spent every spare minute she had in the laundry's run by the Chinese community, getting to know the women who worked there, being part of their community; their lives.
She lived out the gospel without speaking a word of Mandarin; communicating through pictures she made the message and life of Jesus known. A corps was established and quickly grew through the authentic and unrelenting presence of Catherine Hine. A flag was presented and the Mandarin to the left was embroidered on it - Blood and Fire...!
I'm beginning to collect Lost Voices of Mission - Catherine Hine is my number 1.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I learned about them at the Drop In that I help out at in King's Cross; basically it is a street code to guide people who are on the street as to what kind of place is safe or not; what kind of place serves food or not; what kind of place is friendly or not; where is good to sleep or not.
It is a fascinating code and now I am on the look out. It is called the 'Homeless City Guide'
I'm not entirely sure how clear this guide will come out - but you'll get the picture.*
As I walked home from Faith House I looked out for the marks - have to say I didn't get to see any; but got thinking what mark would I want to see outside my church?
What mark does your church deserve?
(*Click on the graphic for a bigger image...)
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wright’s conversion, calling, and personal worship
Wright on “the gospel”
Justification by faith
Justification - present and future
Justification and the Roman Catholic Church
Is Wright arrogant to assume he has just now figured out what Paul meant?
Wright on his critics
Justification in practice
Wright on penal substitution
Wright on the resurrection
Wright on Evangelism
Wright on Church and State
Upcoming Writings and Conclusion
Friday, November 23, 2007
Talking to his back while he huffed and puffed to get the cooker connected; talking through grunts and shouts to his mate in the cellar; talking to him while he got me to sign in triplicate - I wasn't sure whether he was really that bothered.
As he walked out, the deed done he turned to me "So what you're telling me is that you tell them how to go in to a place and how not to go into a place..."
Two years teaching neatly summarised - thanks Mick...!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Unbelievable who would think about doing that - the guy is a hero; the saviour of English football, in fact I feel I need to express my thanks to Scott Carson.
Thanks to him spilling a slippery speculative shot and being routed to the spot appealing for an offside we were 2-0 down even before our new small group started last night. Despite almost being let down by a Lampard penalty and a Crouch volley - thankfully Scott managed to push the ball into the net instead of around the post. We crash out of Euro 08 - What a relief! The prospect of embarrassing Steve McClaren directed football has been averted now forever!
Scott - you may not be your clubs no. 1 goalkeeper - but I want to thank you!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Please England don't mess up on Wednesday!
(A polite note to Hezbollah - this is about England almost off the hook thanks to Israel's recent victory over Russia. I'd be grateful if you didn't kidnap me or blow this blog up for my support of Israel this weekend - thank you!).
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
We were driving to a Salvation Army conference in Glasgow with the gear for an Alt. Worship experience called 'A Deeper Chill....' that the college put together as an after hours event.
I knew that I would have to drive the gear up, so I twisted Matt Spencer's arm to come with me on a road trip north. 800 miles later we had covered a lot of ground in more ways than one and I was better for our time together.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I enjoyed getting along to see Doris Salcedo's Shibboleth or the 'Crack' in The Tate Modern. I started something off by getting this picture of Eryn from inside the crack!!
Friday, November 09, 2007
"Love your neighbour as yourself" pp231
Here's the point. 'So how do you do that if your self esteem is as low as it gets?'
Miller, D (2003) Blue like Jazz - Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
Monday, November 05, 2007
I didn't know James' story but he had friends at the homeless men's drop in that I help out at on Monday evenings. James was someone who had moved on from where a lot of the men find themselves. He had been there and 'come through'; he even helped out in the kitchen cooking the food for the guys as they gathered as family.
Apparently James had been clean of drugs for some time, but James died last week, of a perhaps a drugs overdose, or a pretty potent batch that he was unused to. I could tell those who thought much of him, they were quiet and left early.
There was a sadness at Faith House tonight.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Recently I came to a surprising conclusion.
While 'Evangelical' is a loaded word with uncomfortable connections with narrow fundamentalism, there is a central construct of evangelicalism that is essential for me. That is the importance and centrality of the 'inspired word of God' as a guide for faith and Christian living.
I wonder if we have become lazy with our exegesis *, our understanding of scripture; in it's place a diluted form of understanding shaped not by scripture but a 'pass the parcel' form of theology akin to Chinese whispers that results not in deep nuggets of truth but glaced cherries waiting to be spat politely out!
I could be open to major misunderstanding here -neither wanting to appear critical, judgemental or an evangelical of the nutter variety - but I think the problem I have is that 'We're not evangelical enough!!' Let's do the exegesis properly and cut out the 'Chinese whispers' and re-discover the task of the church in God's creation.
* extensive and critical interpretation of an authoritative text