Reflection

The Angli-CAN Church

date OCTOBER 10
date Jonny Baker (UK)

Just occasionally something takes you completely by surprise. The Anglican church have just published the report Mission-Shaped Church (church planting and fresh expressions of church in a changing context). How can I put this?.... It's fantastic! I'm so used to feeling down about the institutional church or at least that it's a struggle that to read a document so full of vision and hope for the future is a surprising (and very welcome) experience. Archbishop Rowan Williams writes the foreword and says that the church is : at a real watershed. The essence of this is in the fact that…

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Regifting Grace: Should I Give Up What I Don’t Deserve?

date OCTOBER 10
date Micah Tillman (USA)

Back in '94 there was this song: When we don't get what we deserveIt's a real good thingWhen we get what we don't deserveIt's a real good thing I've never found a better description of either mercy (line 1) or grace (line 3). What I have found, however, is that I occasionally (and disturbingly) participate in a growing movement to eliminate both. As crazy as such a movement sounds, there are reasons for it. We must all beware. JusticeThe motivation, you see, is justice. Injustice shouldn't be done, of course, and very often it's unjust for a person to have…

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Incarnation: The emerging church at Christmas

date OCTOBER 10
date Ben Pattison (UK)

At this time of year, a quiet battle is going on. The might of the corporations against a child in a feeding trough. In pulpits across the country Christians rail helplessly against the onslaught of the ‘holiday season’. Together we watch as year by year the ‘real Christmas story’ is marginalised by the annual festival of consumption. But as emerging churches do we have any alternative that moves beyond quietly tut tut ing and getting stuck into the mince pies? Incarnation, the mystery of God becoming man. It is the word that sums up what we are celebrating at this…

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