Sunday’s Coming (11/3/18)

The questions we ask expose our priorities. Are you the king of the Jews? That’s Pilate’s question to Jesus in John 18:28-40.  That’s the only question that matters to a political governor.  Are you a problem for me?  But Pilate is asking the wrong questions… so Jesus asks some of his own. The exchange ends Read More …

passing

It’s amazing how quickly time passes. I’ve been so busy studying and working that I’ve neglected this blog.  I’m hoping to have much more time soon.  I finish my course in a few weeks!  In the meantime, have a dig about the archive.  You never know what you might find!!!

Missing Generations (part 3)

Who am I?  Who am I for?  Why am I for them? There are questions that go to the very core of who we are.  As we have already discussed the various generations might choose to answer these questions in quite different terms. Builders are for the country, the establishment. Boomers are for the kids, Read More …

Missing Generations (Part 2)

In part one I thought about some of the sociological stuff around about generational characteristics and how they affect church. Part of the issue these generational characteristics presents is different answers to the question ‘Who are we?’.  Even if each generation shares the same answer to that question the way they might express that is Read More …

Missing Generations (part 1)

This isn’t working! There, I’ve said it. I feel better already. I’ve been meaning to say it for a long time – in fact I can’t remember a time in the last 30 years when I haven’t thought it. Oh – it’s the Church I’m talking about, by the way. ‘The Emporer’s New Church’ by Read More …

disconnected from the big story?

… and the big story of God.  For example, when we celebrate communion I’m fairly sure that most people don’t know the wider context of that.  Can this week’s gospel (John talking more about blood and flesh) be understood without knowing about Passover and the Levitical laws and kosher practice?  But we are not Jews Read More …

what if?

What if over the past 50 years an organisation had lost the majority of its members? What should it do?  What should it change? The decline in membership of the church in the UK has been well documented and plenty of words have been used on diagnosing the problem but I wonder how much time Read More …