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  • Disempowering Jesus?

    This coming Sunday we are at D+1 for our monthly joint service.  Unusually, I am preaching for them.  As has become my practice of late, I am using lectionary readings as my jumping off point.  So we will have Ezekiel 2: 1- 5 and Mark 6: 1-13.

    These are intrersting readings!!

    Ezekiel 4:5 says:

    Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they shall know there has been a prophet among them (NRSV)

     

    Mark 6:5 says:

    He could do need deed of power there, except he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them (NRSV)

     

    So that got me wondering - what does it mean when it says that Jesus couldn't do any miracles (apart from a few healings)?  Miracles weren't magic tricks designed to impress, rather they were signs of God's redemptive work.  So what was it that the people did (or didn't) that meant that Jesus could not do that?  How is it that we disempower Jesus?  What do we do that impedes God's redemptive purposes?

    It was in Jesus' home town and among his family that this happened, which got me thinking... if the church is those allegedly closest to Jesus what does that say about us?

    So - what am I going to say on Sunday and how will the Ezekiel words connect?  Hmm....

  • Tent Mission

    No, I'm not talking about one of those big evangelistic rallies that used to happen in borrowed circus tents not yet the 'big top' things at Spring Harvest and the like.  I'm taking about wilderness sojourning of faithful congregations with out a permanent home of their own.  It's all very biblical but not very British!

    After four years of this lifestyle (and with the potential of something similar, if temporary and chosen, a year or two down the line) I have learned that this is a great way of being missional people.  In a couple of weeks another little church sets out on its own wanderings, see here and here. Please pray for this little brave congregation as it meets God and is church in its own wilderness journey.

  • Farewell Discourses

    The end of the school year sees the start of my 'goodbyes' to the people of Dibley and district.  On Friday I go into school for the last time as a Governor and as a local minister.  I will pay my last visit to Four Plus (Foundation) who I have accompanied for about three years during which legislation has impacted dramatically on their work.  Then I will present 'Your move' books to all of year 6 - a gift from Dibley BC made possible from a couple of small legacies last year.

    This morning I've written the newsletter for lunch club which tells them I'm on my way and that the club's 4th birthday lunch will also be my last.  (A lot of four-ness in all of this don't you think?!).  Looking back over the last four years to summarise what we've done has been good - more than a hundred lives touched, outings to cathedrals, cultured cities and the coast, a wedding, several funerals, carol services and songs of praise in sheltered housing... To say nothing of tonnes of shepherd's pie, ham, egg & chips, fish cakes, vegetarian lasagne and peaches & ice cream they've eaten in that time!!  It's been good and, which is more pertinent, it can continue to be good.

    Guess I'd better get used to saying 'goodbye' quite regularly for the next couple of months!