In Love!

Captured and deeply in love, inspired, full of desire….
With whom? The one who laid down His all.
Wrapped up in wanting to know more, feel more so that I can share more,  care more, give more because all I have belongs to Him..

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Stanley Hauerwas, I keep bumping into him. Whilst investigating a blog in preparation for this week’s sermon at our church I encountered this summary of three types of contemporary evangelical church. As always it is brilliant, and as always it leaves one thinking seriously and desirous of right change.
Here you go:

    Activist Church:

concerned with building a better society through social structures, the activist church works for social change. Highly involved in Jesus’s vision of the kingdom, activist churches are typically progressive, hoping to be on the right side of history. Its members take up causes on behalf of those who are living on the margins of our culture. The downside is that their politics becomes a sort of religiously glorified liberalism
Conversionist Church: this church says that you can tinker with society all you want but until everyone gets saved nothing will get better. Secular optimism gives false…

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The Long Silence

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This week a guest speaker preached at X1. His message on ‘Jesus our Pioneer and Perfect Saviour’ from Hebrews 2:10-18 was a great encouragement. Whilst making the point of Jesus being made a perfect saviour through suffering (not perfecting character, or morality, or personhood) he read a brief literary piece for us that I thought would be an inspiration. It is entitled The Long Silence.

At the end of time, billions of people were seated on a great plain before God’s throne. Most shrank back from the brilliant light before them. But some groups near the front talked heatedly, not cringing with cringing shame – but with belligerence.
“Can God judge us? How can He know about suffering?”, snapped a pert young brunette. She ripped open a sleeve to reveal a tattooed number from a Nazi concentration camp. “We endured terror … beatings … torture … death!”
In another…

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Hauerwas’ Answers IV – So how should Christians live in Society?

Reading these blog posts are widening & sharpening my understanding and reflected in helpful chunks that I can feast upon without delving through ‘big’ books!!

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This is the fourth entry in a series of blogs which are merely the thoughts of Stanley Hauerwas in answering questions during an interview for the U.S. Catholic magazine in June 1991. I do this because I have – in a very short time it must be stated – been captivated by the clarity, brilliance and above all double-edged (Ecclesio-centric and Christo-centric) sharpness of Hauerwas’ thoughts on contemporary church, its nature and its relation to the world. Here Stanley responds to the question, “So how should Christians live in Society?

Very carefully; but I would also say, joyfully. That’s the most important thing Christians can do. They should live in the United States, for example, without pretending they are at home here because they are not at home anywhere. Every social order is going to give Christians peculiar challenges. Christians belong to a worldwide church that has great…

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Hauerwas’ Answers III – What sets Christians apart?

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I am writing a series of blogs which are merely the thoughts of Stanley Hauerwas in answering questions during an interview for the U.S. Catholic magazine in June 1991. I do this because I have – in a very short time it must be stated – been captivated by the clarity, brilliance and above all double-edged (Ecclesio-centric and Christo-centric) sharpness of Hauerwas’ thoughts on contemporary church, its nature and its relation to the world. Here Haerwas offers a brief reply to the question, “What sets Christians apart?

Christians are put in jeopardy in a special way because they have been made a part of God’s creation and providential care. What God does with a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist, and so on is God’s business. All a Christian knows is that God has given him her a special mission as a witness to the kingdom brought by Jesus…

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Hauerwas’ Answers II – How do we know what choices to make?

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I am going to post a series of blogs which are merely the thoughts of Stanley Hauerwas in answering questions during an interview for the U.S. Catholic magazine in June 1991. I do this because I have – in a very short time it must be stated – been captivated by the clarity, brilliance and above all double-edged (Ecclesio-centric and Christo-centric) sharpness of Hauerwas’ thoughts on contemporary church, its nature and its relation to the world. Here is the second of his answers to the question, How do we know what choices to make?

[We must] challenge the presumption that a person’s life is fundamentally a matter of choice. It is a matter of choice, but often one doesn’t know what one is choosing… This is what the church is all about. It says we really don’t know what powers and what stories have a hold on us until…

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Hauerwas’ Answers I – What does it mean to be Christian?

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I am going to post a series of blogs which are merely the thoughts of Stanley Hauerwas in answering questions during an interview for the U.S. Catholic magazine in June 1991. I do this because I have – in a very short time it must be stated – been captivated by the clarity, brilliance and above all double-edged (Ecclesio-centric and Christo-centric) sharpness of Hauerwas’ thoughts on contemporary church, its nature and its relation to the world. Here is the first of several in which Hauerwas answers the question, “What does it mean to be Christian?

Being Christian is a way of life; it’s being part of God’s story. To be Christian is to appreciate what God has done for us through Jesus of Nazareth. Being a Christian does not mean following a set of rules or principles; Christianity depends on the character of people’s lives. The Gospel has…

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