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Amazing Grace: The William Wilberforce Story
Hope they bring this movie to Malaysia. 🙂

Why theocentric preaching isn’t as boring as it sounds
These two paragraphs caught my eye –> “The story of David and Goliath isn’t about how to handle the giants in our lives. It’s the story of a man who did the job God asked Israel to do hundreds of years earlier, which they’d neglected: to drive giants out of the land God had given them. It’s about doing what God asked, even when what he asks seems impossible. Still relevant, and much closer to the purpose of the text.

The story of David and Goliath isn’t about how to handle the giants in our lives. It’s the story of a man who did the job God asked Israel to do hundreds of years earlier, which they’d neglected: to drive giants out of the land God had given them. It’s about doing what God asked, even when what he asks seems impossible. Still relevant, and much closer to the purpose of the text.

Jesus obviously doesn’t calm all the storms in our lives. The story is ultimately about Jesus’ identity, and we’re not meant to allegorize the storms. It takes a bit of work to get there, but I believe Mark’s account of the story is there to communicate that the Kingdom is secure, even when everything looks lost, because Jesus is in charge. My circumstances aren’t as important as the fact that Jesus is okay, and the Kingdom is okay because of that.”

Post-Christendom hermeneutics
how does this relate to post-colonial hermeneutics? Need to talk about this with someone.

The New Testament Hyper-Concordance (thanks to Stephen Shields)
Will explore this further.

What’s the Point of Church…?
Ouch! There’s lots of truth in these words, “”…Church takes place when groups of people get together with other people and do something outside of [their] own interests…[and in doing that] what we start to find is that community, church, fellowship is inconvenient, it’s costly, it’s about other people, it is organised, it is planned, and it’s intentional – some [of] the things that we’re all allergic too…

One of the reasons 55,000 Christians [across Europe] are leaving church every week is because – the problem is with the church, but [it’s] also because we will not pay the price of orientating our lives around following Jesus together…”

the unbelieving priest
I too wrestle with this … “Sometimes I wonder how much a priest should artiiculate their own struggles, their own doubts. … The issue isn’t always about truth v. lies, but about how much of the truth you should tell in a given situation.”

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