Not sure how things are on the ground but certainly we are picking up the overall response of condemnation to the killing in Woolwich that responsible Muslims are making. We have been praying for some time for the voice of non-radicalised Muslims to come forward. Here for those interested are a few links:
And here is a video from a former radicalised Muslim who has turned away from that:
I believe it is important to recognise and respect those who are coming forward in this way. We cannot and must not demonise all Muslims. If we dehumanise people we can quickly eliminate them in numerous different ways, and release a disrespect for life in our communities. There are possibilities of new partnerships that do not compromise our faith in Jesus.
The horrific killing in Woolwich needs a vocal response from the Islamic community. Thankfully there is some responses forthcoming.
Imam Monawar Hussain, founder and director of The Oxford Foundation:
The Woolwich attack is horrific and utterly barbaric. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and colleagues of the victim and the wider armed forces family.
As an organisation that works closely with serving and former Muslim soldiers through the British Armed Forces Muslim Association, we believe we can defeat fanaticism of the terrorists through being absolutely resolute in standing for values that our brave soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice for – the rule of law, democracy, justice and freedom.
Terrorists will always lose because they have nothing to offer our world but hatred, division and violence – these being wholly abhorrent to the human spirit. We must therefore remain absolutely united in the face of this terroristic outrage.
This kind of response is so important. We cannot simply respond with demonising one another. Living in Spain it is all-too real the persecution of Muslims and Jews that went on in the name of the church.
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.
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The fifth-smallest of the 27 regions of France that has changed German/French hands numerous times in its history. Gayle and I were here from Thursday to Tuesday morning. I will post a number of entries these next few days as we felt that over this Pentecost weekend there was something significant released for Europe. The [...]
Entre el 25 de marzo y 01 de abril publiqué 6 blogs sobre el tema de la autoridad y el ejercicio de la misma con respecto al territorio. Aquí hay un resumen en español. Esta afirmación de Jesús es increíble: Todo la autoridad en el cielo y en la tierra ha sido dada a mí [...]
Retributive justice and the Bible? The death penalty today or in the light of the cross is it totally abhorrent? It is of course interesting to see how the principles of the OT play out in society, for the laws were not simply ‘moral’ laws but whole life laws for the structuring of life within [...]
Occasionally books turn up that are a message I need to hear. In some cases they may have been books written years ago, long ago read and benefited from by friends and even recommended to me. I may have bought it and had it sitting on a shelf or in a pile by the side [...]
Some 16 years ago I wrote a paper on the issue of the biblical material and homosexuality. In it I tried to look honestly at the biblical material. Having previously written on gender equality and Scripture, so for example, ‘I forbid a woman to teach and have authority over a man’ I maintained had no [...]
Some time ago I signed up to review some books through http://thespeakeasy.info/ and this is one of them. If you are a blogger / podcaster consider applying to be part of the deal too. The deal is a free book and then to give a fair review that is submitted and appears on one’s own [...]
The old philosophical debates such as ‘can God make a four sided triangle’ might be a little teasing and even amusing but are not at all significant. They say all-but nothing about the character of God and are more over definitions surrounding language. However, more interesting are the questions such as ‘can God save someone [...]
The academic world has really taken hold of this issue of Empire. Scot McKnight and Joe Modica have a recent recently published book called Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies. There have been studies on Empire for a considerable length of time – the Anabaptists with people like Yoder [...]
This is our third year to come alongside the Networks Romania team. Although it was beneficial for them – described as helping trim the feathers on the arrow so that it flies straighter – the real benefit was for Gayle and I. The quality of the dedicated hard work that goes on is very impressive. [...]
In this issue there are a number of articles to respond to. Dyfed reviews Roger Mitchell’s thesis Church, Gospel & Empire. Roger’s book is his thesis so we should not expect it to be an easy read, however, with Dyfed’s review I think the book will be accessible for most. In a recent blog Roger [...]
It is a simple question. Should religion be treated as a gateway in the model of the city that we explore on this blog? Martin and I have both, perhaps instinctively, said no. Then Martin invited an article on the topic: then I got to thinking: then, well, you’ll see.
“So the business leaders of today are not capitalists in the sense in which Arkwright and Rockefeller were capitalists. Modern titans derive their authority and influence from their position in a hierarchy, not their ownership of capital. They have obtained these positions through their skills in organisational politics, in the traditional ways bishops and generals [...]
So much talk about the economy, but what is the economy? Is it just pounds and pence? Dollars and Euros and cents? The Cambridge dictionary defines it as “the system of trade and industry by which the wealth of a country is made and used.”
For some time I have been wrestling with the issues of money, care for the poor and how our present western economic system seeks to support people in need. As a community at Antioch, Llanelli we have a focus on ‘God’s presence and the poor’ and over many years see the day to day pressures of folks who are increasingly struggling financially in these challenging times.
‘How is it that the best of church experience in both traditional and radical expressions tends to relapse to hierarchical domination and control?’ This is Roger Haydon Mitchell’s chilling question in his introduction to his newly published PhD thesis, Church, Gospel & Empire.
It has been received wisdom for a while now that economic power is shifting from the old world to the new world. Continental Europe is faced with tremendous headwinds to do with spiraling social costs and an ageing population that means growth over the next 100 years will be hard to come by. In the developing world on the other hand very low wage rates and high worker motivation are combining to create a compelling long term argument for excess growth rates and wealth creation for those markets.
I watched a film recently ‘Ides of March’. A film looking at people on the campaign trail. The governor has sex with the intern (definitely a big ‘no’ in the film)… However, the areas that were far more challenging though were to do with the ethics of winning votes. One example were meetings with fellow politicians to gain their endorsement. Making a deal so that votes could be guaranteed – in return a position in the forthcoming government.
Definitions of course have their limitations, but I was provoked and challenged when sitting listening to a Zimbabwean speak. His question to us was to consider what are we were investing into. To help us he used the two phrases of ‘artificial’ and ‘creational’ wealth. One he said was how the (industrialised) West defines wealth, but is illusionary. This he, therefore, termed ‘artificial’.
Abortion, gay marriage, Sunday trading (sorry, strike that one off, as we like that now)… All evidence that we are losing it. The ‘look, once we could see Cathedrals and church spires on the landscape, now Mosques are where churches once stood’ type of statement are all laments about what is disappearing.
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Eating together 23 May 2013
The second group exhibit very different traits and practices; these are churches where eating together is the new ‘Sunday service’. For these small communities, access to communal spaces, such as cafes, large vicarages and community houses, can make a crucial difference to their growth and sustainability. Young adults attending these types of churches may struggle to make the leap to more traditional forms of church as they get older. This suggests the determining factor here is not their age or life stage and that these new forms of church will continue to grow and develop. The recognition of these small sacramental communities as church is vital, both for the sustainability of these fledgling churches and for the building up of the wider church.
Beth Keith (Church Army in Sheffield) report: Authentic faith: fresh expressions of church amongst young adults
Short post on Revelation 12 May 2013
Kurt Willems (good Anabaptist name) has a good post on Revelation and how to read it.
Open Theism 9 May 2013
A set of videos from a recent Open Theism conference. Very easy to follow… Boyd claims ‘open view is how everyone naturally lives’.
I have just completed a chapter for a forthcoming book that Roger Mitchell is putting together. Kenarchy and the eschatological hope is my title. Hope it is accepted as I really enjoyed writing it. The core is the eternal nature of the Incarnation, with the implication that the parousia is the presence of Jesus of Nazareth, not another Jesus.
Change of view 7 April 2013
When we finally realize that our existence is to improve the world, and not escape it, we will grasp that the church is not the point. The kingdom is the point. (in Missional Communities by Reggie McNeal).
Three out of every 10 children in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain, Caritas claims, have been pushed to the brink of poverty. (Source: Gavin Hewitt, BBC.)
Latest stats 25 January 2013
Tremlett in the Guardian gives some of the grim stats for Spain. Almost six million people are out of work (26% of the workforce). In the south-western province of Cadiz, where unemployment averages a record 40% over all age groups.
A movement west to east 14 January 2013
“This is where the centre of gravity in Europe now lies. It has shifted dramatically to the East. In the early decades of the European project, it was driven by those who had survived the war on the Western Front.Allan Little. A further indication of the shift west to east.
120 daily protests in Spain 13 January 2013
In the past year there have been 36,000 demonstrations and rallies in Spain, regarding the economic scenario. It is now running at just under 120 on a daily basis. Some numbering in the thousands.
Locksmiths in Pamplona refuse to change locks so as banks can re-possess homes. “When you set out all you have is an address and the name of the bank, but I recall an elderly, sick man who was barely given time to put his trousers on.”
Bread lines 26 December 2012
Valencian baker producing bread cheaply and long lines. Great help for those in crisis, pressure on other bakeries. Food lines in Western Europe becoming more common.
Jesus the asylum seeker 24 December 2012
Had a wonderful evening in Roehampton… hosted by Andy and Clare Smith, and put together by Adrian and Pauline Hawkes. Met Ziya and Amanda for the first time (hope not last time). A suggestion from Ziya was understanding Jesus as an asylum seeker who found refuge in Egypt.
Peace on earth, goodwill 21 December 2012
In 2003, Iraqi townspeople, having just lost their hospital in U.S. air strikes, saved the lives of three wounded U.S. peacemakers. Seven years later, the Americans returned to thank them. Yes Magazine.
Revelation videos 20 December 2012
I have uploaded all the videos (21 in total approx 15 minutes each one) to their own page. Ideal for personal or small group study.
Alsace by Ann:
I was just reading a lapsed Catholic's remarks on the Pope's remarks about non-believ
Embrace the shake by Ann:
Fabulous. Every student I know should see this. I proved the truth of this last year
Embrace the shake by Martin Scott:
Thanks David for all you put together for the past few days. Impacted us enormously.
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.
Much of the material that will be central to these posts will cover perspectives on the 'gates' of society, the places of influence that shape the culture. If transformation is a desired outcome, such aspects as strategic prayer and understanding the redemptive gifts of places will play their part. As prayer opens up space, filling it will be vital, not in a controlling, top-down sense, but with a servant spirit. Finding appropriate terminology is difficult. Maybe 'transformation' is not the right term, perhaps 'transfiguration', where inner qualities burst through.
I have chosen to use the term 'gates' and although they can be defined any number of ways these are the seven ways I have chosen to group them by:
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