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Don’t-Be-a-Slave-to-Writer’s-BlockHello there. Sorry I haven’t been writing very much here recently. I’m trying to write “321” the evangelistic book right now. Please pray for that project if you remember. And perhaps you can help me with something….

At one point in the book I talk about the four fundamental realities you can choose between in the beginning – nothing, chaos, power or love (see here for the seed of the idea). Was wondering if you had any good quotes for each of the options.

If you believe in the beginning there was nothing – life is absurd, meaningless, hopeless.

If you believe in the beginning there was chaos – life is endless struggle and power plays.

If you believe in the beginning there was power – life is a slavery to almighty god or law or fate.

If you believe in the beginning there was love – life is about finding your place in God’s family of love.

Do you have any quotes from nihilists, ultra-Darwinians, determinists, theologians or others that would put flesh on those bones?

 

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Questions We’re Afraid To Ask

In the autumn a friend of mine is teaching a course on questions Christians are too afraid to ask.  Help him out.  What should he cover?

To get you started, here were the first four off the top of my head:

Hell. Really? Seriously? Eternal torment? For Granny? And I’ll spend forever happy about that?
Can heaven and hell really pivot on my intellectual assent to this system of truth?
Where’s the joy, freedom, life, hope and change?  Why are Christians (am I) so miserable?
Is this really the best news God could come up with?  Maybe it’s true, but it doesn’t sound good news to me.

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Over to you…

 

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Surveying the Scene

Go on and fill out  this survey to improve Christian websites.  It only takes a minute.

And, just so you know, the answer to question 9 is: “Rants against Christ-less theism, legalism and burdensome theologies of glory.”

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We’re holding our Ask Eastbourne events next week.  Do you know of good videos (under 5 mins) on any of the following questions:

27th March: What are you really like?

Do you exist?
How do you fit with science?

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28th March: What happens when we die?

Why should I believe?
What’s the meaning of life?

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29th March: Why is the world full of suffering?

Can you make things better?
Where do I stand with you?

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I’ve got four sermons at the start of February answering the following questions:

How can a loving God not accept everyone?

Does God even exist?

If there is a God, why does he allow suffering?

Aren’t all religions basically the same?

What should my passages be?

What should I say?

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If you’re up for it, let’s assemble at St Paul’s Tube Station at 2pm.  (The Eastbourne crowd might be slightly late but we’ll be there soon after).

Ideas running through my head:

  • I’ve got loads of Romans to hand out under the banner of… “St Paul’s released a statement!  Free copy of St Paul’s official position paper.  Come and hear/read about St Paul’s comment on the current situation, etc, etc.”
  • I’m thinking of making Mike Milmine dress as Jesus with a massive “Not in my name” placard.  (Mainly to embarass Mike you understand).
  • I’m sick of Jesus being used as a political mascot.  I’m also sick of Him being spoken about (even, and especially by clergy) as some long dead teacher whose teaching should be honoured.
  • Jesus is not left or right but seated at the right hand – “from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead” and the capitalist and the communist and all points in between.
  • Jesus remains above us all as Judge (Law), but there’s good news – He has come down to us as a gift for the world – the bankers, the protestors and even the religious! (Gospel).
  • “Let me ask you a question… I’m going to read something from St Paul and as I read, ask yourself, “What side is Jesus on?”” – then read Philippians 2:5-11
  • “What would Jesus do?” is folk Christianity.  Historic Christianity is what did Jesus do?
  • Let me tell you about two of the 12 disciples.  One was called “Simon the Zealot”.  He was an anti-establishment protestor.  He’d have been on Rome’s list of potential terrorists.  A freedom fighter and a rebel.  The other was called “Matthew.”  He was a tax-collector, getting rich through unfair practices.  A fat cat.  A white collar criminal.  Both of them were loved by Jesus – both of them found a place in His kingdom and in His ministry.
  • When Jesus returns, let’s give communism a really good go.  Let’s try it for a thousand years.  Maybe we can be Bolshevik’s for 500 years and Menshevik’s for 500 years, but let’s give it a proper try.  Before then, our number one need is to be in on Christ’s kingdom…
  • The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.  All the regulation in the world can’t get at the heart.  The Law is like that.  but there’s one thing that can bring lasting change – the gospel of Jesus – that can change the heart.
  • St Paul’s statement on the use of wealth – read out 1 Timothy 5-6
Again, more ideas gratefully received.  And please do pray.

 

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Anyone up for some open air evangelism?  To the protestors, to the Cathedral staff, to passers-by… Does 2pm sound a stupid time?

And what do you think should be our angle?  How do we make it clear that Jesus aint on either side?  (Who wants to dress up as Jesus by the way – we could make a “Not in my name” placard!)

It seems to me that tax collectors and sinners (white collar criminals and flagrant law-breakers) both flocked to Jesus.  There was actually an alliance of the greedy and the groovy around Jesus.  Meanwhile the religious in their long flowing robes grumbled.  How do we model and proclaim that?

Lines that are running through my mind…

“What St Paul really said”

“The City that really counts”

“Those aren’t the money-changers, and this aint the temple”

“Money is not the root of all evil – love of it is. It’s a heart problem and it starts with me.”

Your thoughts…?

 

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