Reflection

The truth isn’t sexy

date OCTOBER 10
date Si Johnston (UK)

No one was born to be a slave or a beggar. No one.Dom Helder Camera March offers us a moment of reflection. It tells the story of a persistent, stubborn, creative, and smart old man who wouldn't rest until he got a certain bill of freedom through the House of Commons. This legislation would finally see an end to the injustice that was the transatlantic slave trade. On the 25th March 1807 he succeeded. Sadly, today we have no William Wilberforce but rather a slave trade that's multiplied in scale x3. I've spent the last few years living with the…

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When ‘GOOD’ Becomes the Enemy of ‘BEST

date OCTOBER 10
date David Allis

I have always thought that ‘good’ and ‘best’ were very close together. When I was at school, on the occasions that I got a ‘good’ result in a test or exam, it was usually very close to the ‘best’ result. In a strange paradox, I can now see situations where ‘good’ is not close to ‘best’, but rather it is at the opposite end of a spectrum from ‘best’. In situations like this, ‘good’ is good, but if we settle for ‘good’, we remain a long way from ‘best’, and hence ‘good’ is effectively the enemy of ‘best’. Let me…

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The Complex Christ

date OCTOBER 10
date Ian Mobsby (London, UK)

Review of 'The Complex Christ' by Kester Brewin This important and in some ways unique book, in the now growing library on emergent/emerging church comes out of the experiences of Kester as a member of the Vaux Alternative worship community. As such it is a momentous achievement. The purpose of this brief review is to explore how Kester’s book approaches the complex issue of being ‘church’ in the future. The Church is and always will be something of a paradox; Martyn Percy puts this better than I can when he said: Ecclesiologically speaking, the Church stands in the gap between…

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