Reflection

I Am the Truth’ – Text, Hermeneutics and the Person of Christ – An essay by Maggi Dawn

date OCTOBER 10
date Paul Fromont (New Zealand)

Maggi Dawn, adding her voice to the mix of seven other Cambridge University deans or chaplains, has crafted a significant essay entitled - 'I Am the Truth': Text, Hermeneutics and the Person of Christ. Whilst not available on-line it can be found in the 2003 published book: Anglicanism: The Answer to Modernity (ed. Duncan Dormor, Jack McDonald and Jeremy Caddick, published by Continuum). Dawn, writing this essay on hermeneutics - one would imagine during 2002 / 2003 - hopes that as a religion 'of the book,' Christianity will maintain 'confidence in its holy Scriptures,' and that rather than taking up…

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The ‘E’ at the heart of emerging

date OCTOBER 10
date Paul Thomson (UK)

About 40 of us in late 70's (all teens) found Christ IN our housing estate in Aberdeen, Scotland - we grew up in - this was completely outside known perameters of 'mission' at the time... BEFORE we ever came near a CHURCH. No one ever told us about this incredible strange figure in that strange big book... WE stumbled on to him- it was OUR delicious secret - like finding ET in your kitchen, at the backside of the world -the estate was a terrifying place - many of us were beaten every week - day in day out by…

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Doughnut Churches – a stupid way to be church or a sign of growth?

date OCTOBER 10
date Simon Hall (UK)

What happens when you try to build a Christian community (“plant a church” is sooo 80s) that is made up of people who found themselves on the fringes of their former churches? Do you create a tightly-knit community of Christian refugees, who live together and show incredible solidarity in the way that many refugee communities do in this country? Or do you, by accident or design, end up with a “ring doughnut” church, where everyone finds himself or herself on the edge, and there’s no-one in the middle? And anyway, who’s to say one is better than the other? This…

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