One year ago today we spent our first day in our apartment in Oliva. Furniture coming up over the balcony swinging in the wind, and we still have the dents on tables to prove it! Got to know the painter who was painting the walls of the apartment block – still have the paint splashes on the car to prove it!
Yesterday marked 1 year from actually driving away from Cádiz and over the mountains and two new friends arrived for a couple of days. It is a privilege to hear about someone’s journey and always wonderful to hear about the situations and experiences that provoke the transition. Those wake up moments.
Yesterday Ian explained how he had preached a sermon in the morning a few years ago. As he was preaching it he thought – I have believed this all my life (about a point of doctrine) but it does not add up. Then over lunch he confessed I don’t actually believe what I have just preached…
Times of uncertainty, questioning are so beneficial. I listened to someone a few days ago who said: ‘I hope by now you realise I have a question for your answers.’
The two questions on the lips of Saul of Tarsus: ‘who are you Lord?’ and ‘what do you have for me to do?’ are both the critical questions and in the right order.
An awesome paradigm that was shared with us yesterday was that of losing the ‘right / wrong’ paradigm but operating from a ‘life / death’ paradigm. To let our actions be shaped by what brings life… So one year in we are muy contentos, enjoying the increase of interaction with neighbours, ready for a challenge – oh yes Madrid we will see you again in a few days time – but provoked to live from some healthy paradigms. And ready also to try and steward some political space – now that will take a bit of learning.
Great article outlining perspectives north and south in Europe: The bailout crisis: Germany’s view of how Greece fell from grace (The Guardian.)
In answer to the question What is God like?
God is like Jesus.
God has always been like Jesus.
There has never been a time when God was not like Jesus.
We haven’t always known this.
But now we do
Love the ‘But now we do’. Implications – HUGE.
Peace with God often demands conflict with current systems and prejudices – never through aggression but rather using respectful resistance. (Steve Chalke.)
A recent morning read for Gayle and I has been Derek Flood’s ‘Disarming Scripture’. An awesome read and certainly a bold approach. His underlying thesis is that we have to read the Bible as Jesus did. There is a biblicist reading which is one of unquestioning obedience but that Jesus, Paul et al read it with questioning faithfulness.
The idea of a trajectory in Scripture is not a novel one as to a small extent virtually all read it this way, and a Jesus-lens is not entirely new either. I think the push he gives is to allow that trajectory to be shaped by the fruit produced. The accusation of course at this point could be that of subjectivism, but the strength is when he pulls back the Jesus and Pauline readings of the OT. That for me was some of the most revealing parts of the book. He shows how whole parts are excised in terms of the violence and vengeance. Bold but both revealing and compelling.
I have written in the past that for us as believers we are not blindly subject to the holy book but to the Holy One. Thanks God he is the final word – God has spoken in his Son. For those of other faiths it must be so much harder for them.
So yes… read the book!!
About this site
I am the main contributor to this site, though there are guest writers from time to time. Hopefully, what is presented are perspectives not the final word!
I am currently developing a part of the site with a focus on the 'gates of society'. That section will develop more as a forum with links to other articles, so that it becomes a resource for the future. I will also be looking for other contributors into the various subject-areas.
In my spare time(!!) I enjoy putting together wordpress sites, and also coaching people to make their own - open to hearing from you on that too.
Just some more blogs? No, of course not, nothing even similar... well maybe very similar indeed, but hopefully you can use them differently. At the foot of this home page you will find 10 more blogs, these ones are grouped together, they will only be replaced every few months with a new set of 10. They can be downloaded as an emagazine, or read here as blogs (click on one and read, or use the 'emagazine' link in the menu above). Here on this site you can also add your comment.
Their core focus will be toward the gates of influence in society. They will not be the final word, hopefully provocative with some practical aspects thrown in.
The first four volumes will be uploaded here in quick succession, after that a breather before the next one. You can access earlier volumes from the emagazine page using the menu at the top of this page.
So you see - nothing like a blog!!
I develop WordPress based web-sites specifically made for your site. This site here is based on WP and uses a theme that I have developed. It can be as simple as a set of posts and some pages, or a few additional elements can be added such as this animated set of tabs that are activated here. I also plan the sites so that they are mobile-friendly, being responsive, they adjust to the device being used to view them.
If interested in a site feel free to make contact. I also have various courses on WP theme development. If interested in taking one of them online, or indeed you would wish to contact me about presenting a course to a small group.