Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Back from Swanwick....

Good couple of days meeting up with friends and colleagues.

Felt thoroughly affirmed by John Reads session on mission and came home with a great Catherine Booth quote definin mission which I now need to source:

"Mission is Jesus Christ come in the flesh again in his people. Living out before the the world his principles acting upon his precepts living for the same objects for which he lived." (Catherine Booth)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Two ways to pray...

  • There is an immature petition that renders God my personal assistant or fixer or genii, the omnipotent enforcer of my will on earth pp 128
  • The best way to pray is: stop. Let prayer pray within you, whether you know it or not. This means a deep awareness of our true inner identity. It implies a life of faith, but also doubt. You can't have faith without doubt. Give up the business of suppressing doubt. Doubt and faith are two sides of the same thing. Faith will grow out of doubt, the real doubt. We don't pray right because we evade doubt. (Thomas merton) pp 200

MacLaren, B. (2011) Naked spirituality : a life with God in 12 simple words

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Salvation Army's International Vision....

General Linda Bond launched her mission vision for TSA, love the emphasis on integrated mission and marginalised!

ONE ARMY: We see a God-raised, Spirit-filled Army for the 21st century - convinced of our calling, moving forward together

We will...
  • deepen our spiritual life
  • unite in prayer
  • identify and develop leaders
  • increase self-support and self-denial

ONE MISSION: Into the world of the hurting, broken, lonely, dispossessed and lost, reaching them in love by all means

We will...
  • emphasise our integrated ministry
  • reach and involve youth and children
  • stand for and serve the marginalised
  • encourage innovation in mission

ONE MESSAGE: With the transforming message of Jesus, bringing freedom, hope and life

We will...
  • communicate Christ unashamedly
  • reaffi rm our belief in transformation
  • evangelise and disciple eff ectively
  • provide quality teaching resources