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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, to introduce you to our writings and encourage theological reflection both within the Methodist Church and beyond. Take a look and let us know what you think! 

Tom Stuckey     

CLICK PICTURE FOR TOM'S    PROFILE        

 

New Audio Sermon

Preached at Westminister Central Hall

                 November 2017

 'SINGING THE LORD'S SONG IN A STRANGE LAND'
       The future of the Church in Britain:                         
              A Methodist Perspective (click here)


            
  Click HERE to read a sample


The book is on sale at Westminster Central Hall, The New Room Bristol, Sarum College, Salisbury & from me.  You can contact me on mail1@tomstuckey.me.uk  The price of the book plus postage and packing is 12.

              
 
 
                   

  

 
       

 

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

           3.  A Pilgrimage at home

           4Pilgrimage poem

My second pilgrimage with twelve ladies in the Southampton Methodist District was on the 27th & 28th September. We all made it and experienced 'God moments' on the way

 

THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION   by Tom

                       TOM'S NEW BOOK

CONCLUSION OF Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land 

Our future does not depend on upgrading premises, tinkering with structures, devising new strategies either local or connexional. We will have a future when prayer rather than projects saturate our agenda. We will have a future when presbyters drag themselves away from their computers and get out and talk to people, helping them to pray, discover God in the world and talk about it. We will have a future when Methodists, who long to love God with all their heart, mind and soul, feel the encouragement of each other and know the transforming power of the Spirit. This is not rocket science. Charles, in his sermon, links his ‘wake up’ call with a demand for repentance and return.

 His judgements are abroad in the earth; and we have reason to expect the heaviest of all even that He should come unto us quickly, and remove our candlestick out of its place, except we repent and do the first works, unless we return to the principles of the Reformation, the truth and simplicity of the gospel.

 

 

 

 

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 LAST MONTH'S REFLECTION by Tom 

                    Summary of my book

       QUOTES from Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land

Every day fifty thousand people become Christians. If we ask with Isaiah ‘where is the one who brought us up out of the sea?’ the answer is clear. Deliverance and regeneration is taking place ‘there’ rather than ‘here’. The Church is growing amongst people who inhabit a culture of ‘self-sacrifice’ rather than our Babylonian culture of ‘self-assertion’. (p.45)

Methodism's Connexional system has atrophied into a grinding bureaucratic machine. Martin Percy looking in at British Methodism is puzzled by our heavy organizational baggage and ecclesiastical civil service. He comments that ‘our bureaucracy is stifling our democracy and democracy has triumphed over theocracy’. (p.83)

We like mechanical and practical solutions as we turn ourselves into a public utility for the ‘religious and social consumer’. (p.85)

 The old paradigm was based on the model of attracting people in. The new paradigm must focus on the dispersed presence of Christians in the community. (p.98)

 We must relinquish our obsession with counting, centralizing, trying to find ways of saving the Church. (p.110)

Methodists are called to live in God’s Easter Saturday. We are not called to save the church but to seek the kingdom of God. We are called to a life of self-sacrifice because that is the only way to self-fulfilment. We are called to live with a theology of the cross rather that a theology of glory. p.137)

 

 
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