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  • Quizzes - and Ministerial Fallibility!

    For this morning's service I had prepared a Bible Quiz on the theme of 'journeys'... and promptly began with a question to which I had got the wrong answer!  Much gentle hilarity followed, and all was well.  Sharing this on a social media site created more hilarity among - and confessions from - other ministers and teachers, with some amusing anecdotes.

    This afternoon I began the Christian Aid Music Quiz which was given out at church this morning, and had only two questions left to do by the time I went to church this evening - within ten minutes of coming home, the answers had popped into my head and it was complete.

    Who knew I was better on pop music than Bible knowledge?!  Not really, but it certainly made me chuckle.

  • 3 x 8 = 4 x 6 - A Hymn in it's Original Form!!

    One of the hymns we used this morning, in its orginal form, has three eight-line verses.  By the wonder of modern technology, it managed to morph itself into four six-line verses.  The tune selected fitted the mood perfectly, but slightly altered the sense of the hymn.  Whilst I quite liked the carry over from verse to verse, the original is easier to follow...


    Such enchantment, sudden strangeness,

    Power and love, by God, distilled;

    Then they recognise his presence,

    By his words their fears are stilled.

    'Peace be with you', Simon Peter,

    John, you need not be afraid;

    'Peace be with you', doubting Thomas,

    Don't be anxious or dismayed.


    In the garden he saw Mary,

    Talked with her, unrecognised;

    Naming her drew back the curtain,

    Opened tear-stained, blinded eyes.

    Others walking to Emmaus

    Talked, depressed, their sadness showed,

    Till at last, their journey ended,

    Broken bread their Lord disclosed.


    Fishing, from a boat, some saw him,

    They had trawled, had felt forlorn;

    Recognition added savour

    To their breakfast at the dawn.

    As we go about our business

    Bring enchantment to our lives;

    Open eyes that we might know the

    Love from which our peace derives.


    Andrew E Pratt (born 1948) © 2000 Stainer & Bell Ltd

  • Christianity - Participation in The Body of Christ

    Later today I am due to have a conversation with someone who wants to learn more about church membership.  This is exiciting!

    By pure fluke  - or by Holy Spirit timing - or whatever, I came across this blogpost a few minutes age, which stresses the community/corporate nature of 'being a Christian'.  Drawing on Pauline body imagery, it rightly recognises the absurdity - and impossibility - of any body part living in splendid isolation.  The writer is not saying that there a 'personal response' is unecessary, what he is saying, I think, is that this not enough and, in fact, that the natural (and necessary) consequence is to connect in to a local expression of the Body of Christ... something Baptists have traditionally done by Baptism, and continue to do by both Baptisms and Profession of Faith membership.

    Worth a read, whether or not you agree!