A huge ‘yes’, and what time is it?

All over the world there is a focus today on the event that wonderfully distorted time, and must be the hugest divine ‘yes’ to humanity. He is risen, not imply alive, but the incredible challenge that his body could not be found in the tomb. The only recourse was to suggest the disciples had stolen the body.

The Incarnation is incredible, but the ‘eternal’ nature of the incarnation is what is astounding. That he was not simply human for a period of time, but remains human today and will for ever is mind blowing. What an affirmation from heaven on the value placed upon human existence. With all the tendencies that we have to become a little Gnostic, how wonderful to focus today and realise that the angelic is not more God-like that down to earth flesh and blood existence.

With all the pain in the world, he is risen is a loud shout that calls us never to forget the potential that his life has opened up. Not just for a few but for the world.

What an event. A distortion of time. Two aspects were to mark the inauguration of the age to come for the Jew: the resurrection of the dead and the outpouring of the Spirit. A future event… but one that had happened in time and space right there and then in Jerusalem.

And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (Matt 27:52,53, emphasis added).

I take this at face value. Saints raised (not resuscitated) to life with resurrection bodies. The event that will happen at the end / the Parousia had happened to some forerunners. Time is not simply linear, wonderful inbreakings can and do take place out of their time sequence.

We can expect the unexpected. God will predictably do the unexpected in the name of Jesus, the firstfruits of all creation.

Happy Easter one and all.

Re-evaluations

Ever get nights when sleep is not accessible, and revelation is? Or if it is not revelation then it is a mind that just will not let something go? Well here I am, 3.00am, in a few short hours I have a 7 hour or so day of teaching. I have diagrams of the humanity of Jesus in my head….

The context is Romania and the networks team. There are times when one has to stop to answer the question, ‘what do you see?’ I think the (biblical) question is asked because unless we stop we do not register what we are seeing. If it is always obvious why the question?

So a few hours ago I saw an authoritative angel come with a cloak of dignity for the Roma people and by inference for those who will work for their dignity. I am ready to make a declaration that the government is like a run-away train that is not aligning with the governmental release from heaven and will come to some shocking interruptions. If there is an authoritative messenger coming with a cloak of dignity for the people who have not been given dignity then there will be a heavenly resistance to earthly authority that does not align.

On the big scale of things, such as at a national governmental level, there has to be a re-evaluation. A re-valuing.

Now if the personal battles we face are the key to answered prayer – and that is a huge topic – we should be expecting major challenge over issues of revaluing and reevaluations.

Here are two before I turn in.

House prices have dictated who can live where, and the biblical prophets were not silent on this, particularly the 8th. century ones. Art has been wrongly valued but holds a key to this issue. And thinking about the humanity of Jesus and his artisanship I wonder what his charges consisted of? ‘I charge this because I can’; ‘the market will stand it’. No I don’t think those were his guiding principles.

I might be wrong on the Romanian government. Certainly making a declaration about this could be easy. Living out the answer to prayers is not so easy. Connecting the dots that the personal battles are the key that unlocks the prayers the saints are praying is never so easy.

Reevaluations have to lead to a series of revaluings.

And as a post note. Ever wondered if certain ideologies do to the free market what ancient culture did with, eg, thw concept of fortune? They gave to such concepts personification. They believed they were in some way deities (eg, Fortuna). The invisible hand of the market surely does the same. Just a post note for another day.

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We have landed

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Space Invaders – Part 2

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Space Invaders – Part 1

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Magazine Articles

Editorial Vol 2.1

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 […]

When is a Gate not a Gate?

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.

Ownership, stewardship & forgiveness

“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 […]

It’s the Economy stupid!

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W.I.L.D. voices for the poor and the powerless

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.

Church, Gospel & Empire: a review

‘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.

Art shaping culture

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.

Values: unelectability

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.

Wealth: redefinitions

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’.

Come back Christian nation

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.