Monday, 28 September 2015

You Are Loved

Do you know how much you are loved?

Love has been breaking out from eternity to eternity upon our wounded selves, upon a fractured and groaning cosmos, breathing hope into the despair.

Love is lavished upon the world, surrounding all that is in the wonder of Relationship, drawing us into something more than ourselves, drawing us into Someone who sings over us and dances with us.

New wine poured out, a feast, a party, laughter; love has prepared a banquet and we are invited!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

There Will (Not) Be Blood

'However problematic an ideology may be, it can maintain popular support so long as its logic is kept at a distance rather than chased to its conclusion.  We see this problem all the time in our politics and our religious communities when large sections of a population maintains basically the same political ideology or theology that some derided extremist group maintains, the only difference being the latter is foolish enough  (or perhaps extremists simply have more integrity) to actually say what they believe...hypocrisy is left veiled...

' find us repulsive, because we believe your beliefs better than you.' Tad Delay, God Is Unconscious p. 74

Tad Delay is on to something immensely important here.

Martin Luther King Jr puts it like this,

'There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solution. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.' Strength to Love p. 10

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

(Too) Long To Reign Over Us

I think I like the Queen. Although I have no idea what she is really like as a person, it seems, at least from what I have heard and seen of her, she seems ok.

However I do not believe we should have a British Monarchy.

I am all for the disbandment of the monarchy and an end to royalty here in the UK.

The British Monarchy is a symbol of the inequality prevalent here in the West, a sign of the continued growth of the gap between rich and poor. It is ludicrous that an entire family are able to live in such extreme wealth and luxury at the expense of the British population.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Why I Didn't Vote But Support Jeremy Corbyn

I did not vote in this years General Election.

Democracy has long since departed Britain and I refused to be part of a token system that does not represent true democracy. We now live in a plutocracy - a ruling class of wealthy people.

This is why I support Jeremy Corbyn.

Our political landscape currently is dominated by neoliberal politics. What this means is that the Market Rules, so 'free trade' is encouraged without restraint by government. Corporations can basically do what they like for 'growth' and profit.  It also means mass privatisation on all things, concentrating the wealth to the elite and already super-rich.  Added to this is the move away from community to individual responsibility that in turn brands people 'lazy' or 'scroungers'.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Sermon at the Wedding of Jonny and Sarah Steele

‘Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.’ I John 4

When looking around at the world we can all too easily have a sense of fear and dread. Wars and rumours of wars, violence and betrayal leaving us cold, in an emotional and spiritual winter with hope often buried deep in the frozen ground of fear.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Without Why

One of the (many) problems facing evangelical Christianity today is that it has reduced itself to a sales pitch.

'The ontological fallacy of expecting a light at the end of the tunnel, well, that's what the preacher sells, same as a shrink. See, the preacher, he encourages your capacity for illusion. Then he tells you it's a...virtue. Always a buck to be had doing that, and it's such a desperate sense of entitlement, isn't it?'  Rust Cohle, True Detective

The preacher is there to sell you an illusion, a sense that you are the centre of the universe, that you are the reason for it all and that 'this' message, 'this' moment, 'this' Jesus will enable you to step into your god-given destiny to be a world changer.

Monday, 10 August 2015

The NHS Crisis Team Saved My Life

My identical twin brother writes regularly about his depression. He has a new article over on Huffington Post about something that happened to him recently,
'I received a phone call from Colchester's Crisis Team and another lovely lady helped me as I grappled with dark thoughts. When our call finished I managed to sleep with an awareness that I could face another day. I wasn't suddenly 'better' but I was able to cope. I do not believe it sensationalist to write the NHS saved my life that night. They were willing to talk and listen to a sobbing mess, late at night, with only care and compassion.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Nonviolent God

I believe God is non-violent.

What I mean by this is that God is the endless source of forgiveness, effervescent love and relentless mercy. God is not the scales of justice, karma or vengeance, rather God is total unconditionality.

No strings attached.

No hidden exchange clause.

God is the source of all non-violent, non-coercive, non-manipulative Relationship.

I believe Jesus is God and so through the lens of Jesus I seek to see everything else and how we might know who God is.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

God, Creation and Evil

'It makes no more sense to say that God allows creatures to damn themselves out of his love for them for his respect for their freedom than to say that a father might reasonably allow his deranged child to thrust her face in a fire out of a tender regard for her moral autonomy.'

'The god of retribution that has been proclaimed by so much of Christian knowledge really is not and cannot possibly be the God of Self-outpouring love revealed in Christ.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Self-Harm and Depression

'It is terrifying how common it can be to feel utterly numb to everything around me. It's like living inside the world with headphones and sunglasses on; everything is duller in colour and in sound. Reality has become something Other and I feel disconnected. I have sat at home and wondered if I will feel anything significant again; I have been scared that numbness will be normal. Self harm enters the arena as a means to feel something significant, even if that is pain. It feels shameful and stupid but for a fleeting moment it feels of something.'