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Tom Stuckey was President of the British Methodist Conference in 2005. This website has been set up with his wife Christine Stuckey, who is the MWiB Southampton District President, to encourage theological reflection and dialogue both within the Methodist Church and beyond. You can participate in this.

  

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             DECEMBER 2016

Two new book reviews, Making Sense of God by Timothy Keller and Picturing the Apocalypse by N & AO'Hear. The later will make a good Christmas Present.

I am leading an overnight study at Sarum College, Salisbury at the beginning of Lent from midday Tuesday February 28  to Ash Wednesday 1st March.

This course is for those who, during this period of Lent, have to preach, teach or explain why Jesus had to die. Non-preachers, house group leaders and church members will find much here to enhance their own theological and spiritual pilgrimage through Lent.

 

Redemption, sacrifice, judgement, atonement, satisfaction, wrath, righteousness, justification, reconciliation are some of the technical words used to describe ‘what God was doing on the cross.’

 

We shall first wrestle with the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of these theological words  before turning to the question of ‘how’ we can preach or present the ‘message of the cross’ in a way which is profound, intelligible and inspiring.

Contact Sarum College direct indicating whether you wish to be residential or non-residential quoting course number 2444.   TEL. 01722 424826 and speak to Alison Ogden  (aogden@sarum.ac.uk)

 

You can get more information from me on mail1@tomstuckey.me.uk
 

  

  
 
       

    HERE ARE SOME OF CHRISTINE'S PAPERS
                            (click below)             
                                                                     
   
   1.  Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne

   2.  MWiB District Celebration

   3.  A Pilgrimage at home      

 


PILGRIMAGE AROUND CHRISTCHURCH

 This is now full.  There will be a second

 pilgrimage around Christchurch i in

 September. If you are interested please

 contact me for details.

 chris@christom.org.uk

   

 

THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION   by Tom

                 THE INCARNATION

I am old enough to remember Elizabeth II becoming queen. A number of people in our village bought television sets in order to see the coronation. I went across the road to our neighbours to watch. There were fifteen people in the room standing and sitting peering at a 12 inch screen set in a large mahogany box. Reception was bad, nevertheless through the snowstorm pictures one could vaguely make out Queen Elizabeth wearing her crown surrounded by important people. What I particularly recall, apart from my own desire to go home, was the excitement of the people in that ‘front room’. The coronation event over 120 miles away, had entered the room. Some of those gathered even cheered. We were there, or more accurately, there was here!  

Of course it was only an image, not the real thing but we experienced it as real. The New Testament tells us that Jesus Christ was ‘the image of the invisible God’. But he is more than a flat fuzzy image; he is a three dimensional figure of real flesh and blood. He who is beyond is with us. He brings the beyond into our room. But again the analogy breaks down. Jesus Christ was not with us in his crown of splendour; he is with us in the vulnerability of a child lying on a bed of straw. God in Christ comes to show us that through weakness and sacrifice a new world of love and peace can be shaped and recreated. 

God call us as his partners to down-size and leave the comfort zone. We are to reflect and make the very presence of this incarnational God real though what we say and do. No one can explain or understand the mystery of the incarnation. We, like the wise men of old, can only offer our gifts and bow in worship and wonder. 

           Stand amazed, ye heavens at this;

           See the Lord of earth and skies;

           Humbled to the dust He is

          And in a manager lies.

 

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 LAST MONTH'S REFLECTION by Tom 

         ECUMENISM AND THE FUTURE CHURCH

Start with the Church and mission will probably be lost. Start with the mission of God and it is likely that the Church will be found.

Ecumenism in response to the Trinity has to be covenantal to allow continuing dialogue between partners even when their relationship is strained to breaking point.

The Church will assume diverse forms representing some aspect of the multiplicity of languages, peoples and cultures. Unity will not be the product of ecclesiastical joinery but of the Spirit who baptizes with fire and generates diversity.

he ecumenical agenda will include items about partnership links between Churches through prayer, shared learning, mutual exchange of clergy but above all it will focus on justice issues.

If ecumenism does not seriously address the gap between rich and poor it will cease to serve the kingdom of God.

Justice for the planet and its peoples will also provide the locus for partnerships with those of other faiths and of no faith who must be included in the ecumenical encounter.

God is not creating a new set of ecclesiastical institutions but rather a ‘fluid’ inclusive, organic, emerging Church reflecting the dancing life of the Trinity, in whom unity and diversity make music together until all creation cries ‘Glory’.

 

 

 

 
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