Christ the King

This week is  the Sunday which celebrates the Reign of Christ the King.  It is the last Sunday of the Christian Year, the last before Advent begins.  I’m preaching at my friend’s church and I’m really looking forward to it.

The Feast of Christ the King is a pretty new invention, dating from 1925, and is supposed to be about reminding us that Christ rules over all the earth.

For me that’s an interesting dichotomy.  Christ was never the kind of king that others thought He should or would be.  Even the people who spent most time with him, his disciples, seem to have expected a different outcome to the one they got.

The readings this week include Jesus ‘trial’ before Pilate, the Roman governor.  Pilate lets Jesus go, even though it seems as though he gets Jesus to admit that he is a king.  But he’s not the kind of king that is a threat in Pilate’s view.

How wrong.  Jesus’ rule is one of peace, of non-violence, of justice, of equality and of love.  Throughout history these are the only causes that have triumphed over evil.

I like the unlikely evangelist’s take on ‘kingdom’, not meaning realm or dominion but authority.  It makes such sense of Jesus’ encounter with Pilate.  Christ’s authority comes from elsewhere.  From God.


What’s your theology?

Here’s a bit of fun for a dark winter’s night.  Find out your real theological position here! (thanks to Hopeful Amphibian for the link)

I have to say I’m quite pleased with mine!!!

You scored as Emergent/Postmodern
You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don’t think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern 82%
Neo orthodox 64%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 54%
Classical Liberal 50%
Roman Catholic 50%
Modern Liberal 46%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 32%
Reformed Evangelical 11%
Fundamentalist 4%

I did wonder where I keep my 32% Charismatic/Pentecostal side hidden but the rest seems to be about right!

Go on, have a go and we can compare worldviews!!!

God, Faith & Church Theology

God outside the church

Do we meet God outside of the church?

I’m sure we do.  I experience God in all sorts of places.  In my work I often ask people where they feel close to God and almost all of them talk of places other than a church building.  Not that they don’t ever feel God’s presence in church, but the vast majority of people experience God in lots of other places.  On top of mountains, washing the dishes, in bed or on a train.

How do we value these kinds of experience of God?  Does our church language enable us to help people see that these experiences of God are just as relevant and valuable as any experience of God we might have inside a church?  Or do we never mention that God lives outside the church?