Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Selfie, moi?

So the OED people say that 'selfie' is the word of the year.  I gather this denotes the taking of one's own photo and posting it on social media. Oh my, what a diagnosis for our modern plight. I me, my, mine, sang George Harrison in what was to be the last new song recorded by the Beatles. Harrison was expressing the Hindu concept of renouncing all selfish desires, the breaking away from the ego cage... to be united with the Lord (so says Wiki).
Pretentious moi?

The Christian understanding is more nuanced. Certainly self centredness lies at the root of most of what ails us, however the gospel of Christ is liberating in its ability to both free us from self absorption whilst at the same time giving us a wonderful sense of self worth  (we are so sinful that Christ had to die, and we are so loved that Christ was willing to die for us...a paraphrase I think of Tim Keller).

A prayer,

Dear Father, I know that I don't deserve it, but I'm so grateful that your love for me is real. I admit that I am so sinful that Christ had to die in my place. But I'm greatly relieved that I am so loved that Christ was willing to die for me. Help me to live with humble confidence because of your grace given to me so freely. Amen.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Beauty justice and the faith that enhances life

I've blogged before about beauty, whether it be in music, art or architecture. Here's a series of great little interviews with Tom Wright, former Bishop  of Durham. And thanks to Anthony Billington for the link.


Monday, 4 November 2013

A woman to be remembered

I've really enjoyed reading through Dick France's daily commentary on the gospel of Mark. For chapter 14.1-9 and the extravagantly 'wasteful' breaking of a very expensive jar of perfume poured over Jesus by Mary (named in John's gospel), France comments,
There is room in the kingdom of God both for the careful stewardship of resources for the sake of those in need, and, on occasion, for spontaneous and uncalculating devotion. True discipleship embraces not only scrupulous accountancy but also reckless exuberance. There is, 'a time to gather....and a time to throw away' (Ecceciates 3.3-6)

A message from the other side

No, not that side! But thank God got through surgery ok yesterday. And thanks to all for love support and prayer.