Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Forgiving the Church...

This isn't particularly my story but it is a real issue for others. My daily dose of Nouwen was worth bookmarking here.

When we have been wounded by the Church, our temptation is to reject it. But when we reject the Church it becomes very hard for us to keep in touch with the living Christ. When we say, "I love Jesus, but I hate the Church," we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the Church seldom asks us for forgiveness, at least not officially. But the Church as an often fallible human organization needs our forgiveness, while the Church as the living Christ among us continues to offer us forgiveness.

It is important to think about the Church not as "over there" but as a community of struggling, weak people of whom we are part and in whom we meet our Lord and Redeemer.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nooma at Faith House....

I'm really missing FH at the moment, I haven't been able to go for a few weeks, namely with Kate being away in South Africa. Above all I am missing the impact of Rob Bell who makes an appearance each week at the end of the session courtesy of his Nooma series of video shorts.

A few weeks back we watch 003 Trees, I loved it, setting the whole concept of mission in its context of God's dream for his creation, a non platonic eschatology dominated by New Creation off set by Rob Bell planting two trees to signify the trees of life in Genesis and Revelation. As Rob Bell planted one tree followed by another cars drove past as he unpacked the two trees from the back of a pickup he unpacked for us and then planted strong themes of Life, Significance, Meaning, Eternity, Redemption.

The thing is there is nothing that would convince me that Rob as he planned, wrote and produced his video had the clientele in mind that make up FH. I would love to see him debriefing following the 10 minutes of thought provocation.

"So, how did you find that then...." Matt was facilitating discussion. The response was heated and not expected.

"I am so annoyed ... who does he think he is ... totally irresponsible" there was real heat in the room.

I sit up, all ears. Matt gently asks why.

"What kind of idiot would plant a tree like that .... no compost, no watering of the hole, no watering of tree afterwards, worst of all no stake to keep it upright .... terrible!"

Well he did have a point!!!

You should've been there for confusion, pandemonium that accompanied 005 Noise, you know the one that gets us to think 'Why is silence so hard to deal with?' by turning the TV off!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ninette de Valois

I saw a conference advertised at the Royal Ballet when picking up Eryn. The conference was about Ninette de Valois founder of the Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet school it was entitled 'Ninette de Valois -
Adventurous Traditionalist'. Adventurous Traditionalism is a concept I like the idea of!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Søren Kierkegaard and Faith Development 2/3

The next level for Kierkegaard is called Ethical Stage:

Here the individual begins to get some real direction in life, and becomes aware of and personally responsible for good and evil, and begins to form lasting commitment to oneself and others. The realization of enduring values – justice, freedom, peace, love, and respect for the moral law within, propel the ethical self forward into a life of responsibility, of caring beyond one’s own immediate interests. By breaking away from enslaving hedonism and conventionalism, life at this level develops a consistency and coherence that it lacked in the previous sphere of existence. Simply put, one discovers that "there’s something more to life than pleasure or being ridiculously good-looking. But there is a catch; there is more to life than ethics and moral duty, and to get stuck here means one risks becoming the judgemental moralist that we all despise. In other words, no one will want to go on vacation with you. In fact moralism is another form of despair…this is so because humans were made for something much more. We were made for life before God. This need for to find the real meaning behind all things drives the spiritual adventurer on to the next level.
There is some resonance here with the critical adolescent stage of Von Hugel or Hagberg's The Productive Life where faith is characterised in working for God. The working out of discipleship is seen through the up take of responsibility and enthused discipleship. This enthusiasm can easily become what Hirsch and Frost label as judgemental moralism. Moving on from this awareness can be painful, staying within this stage of thinking can be painful for others.

Søren Kierkegaard and Faith Development 1/3

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Independent -- Think slavery is a thing of the past? Think again

I saw this article from The Independent and thought it might be of interest to you

William Wilberforce said future generations of Britons would see slavery as "a disgrace and dishonour to this country", yet, more than 200 years since its abolition, the shaming trade and exploitation of human beings still thrives.

© 2009 Independent News and Media

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

out of the absence of God...

Frederick Buechner is an author that I am introducing myself to. You often see him quoted and I am beginning to understand why!

It is out of the whirlwind that Job first hears God say "who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?" job 42:3. It is out of the absence of God that God makes himself present,... God is not an answer that man can give.

Buechner, F. (1977:43). Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale