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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.

  

Tom Stuckey

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        APRIL 2017

Look at Christine's new BLOG

If you have not read my sermon on Judas then take a look.

You can get in contact with me on mail1@tomstuckey.me.uk
 

  

  
 
       

    HERE ARE SOME OF CHRISTINE'S PAPERS
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   1.  Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne

   2.  MWiB District Celebration

   3.  A Pilgrimage at home      


 

THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION   by Tom

 

                 THE WRATH OF GOD 

On the cross God is revealed as the victor who chooses to be the victim, the judge who is judged, and the eternal pain-bearer. Christ’s death proclaims the principle of sacrifice active in the heart of God before the foundation of the world, and now continually propagated through space and time. Alongside this, the resurrection of Christ changes the eschatological clock. The end-time triumph of God, where death is swallowed up in victory and wrath is absorbed in love, is also operating in the here and now of chronological time.

The wrath of God destabilizes all triumphalism and destroys proud “theologies of glory”, because God has refused to use power to defeat power and has chosen instead the holy path of self-emptying. The cross is scandalous because it questions the wisdom of the wise. It reveals humankind’s obsession with power which addicts oppressive dictatorships, unaccountable hierarchical institutions and faceless bureaucracies. It tells us that all the powerful dictators of this world will ultimately destroy themselves through their own self-aggrandizement and perish under the judgement of God.

Followers of Christ have no power only influence, no compulsion other than gentle persuasion. The cross is devoid of arrogance. It is a startling display of hope which, in the midst of dark corruption, frames our existence with new meaning.

                     A further extract from my book 'The Wrath of God Satisfied?'

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 LAST MONTH'S REFLECTION by Tom 

                    JESUS THE SAVIOR

In the New Testament we find Jesus—according to Mark—engaged in a violent “invasion-redemption mission”. Liberation begins with a dramatic description of the heavens being torn apart (1:10) and ends with the ripping down of the dividing wall of the temple (15:38). Jesus is presented as a “space invader”. It is no accident that the name “Jesus” or “Savior” comes from the Hebrew root word for “space” (yasha).

Following his baptism Jesus invades the wilderness turning it into a Garden of Eden. Then follows a mission to village, town, countryside, sea, and city. At each stopping place he reclaims the space occupied by hostile powers. Demons are driven out, (1:25-34), sin and sickness removed (2:9), the oppressive religion of Scribe and Pharisee undermined (3:1-6). Jesus is plundering the property of the strong man, Beelzebul (3:23-27)—who is the latest manifestation of the dragon. The chaos waters are tamed (4:39, 6:48) and death is destroyed (5:38-42). Christ comes to give his life as a “ransom for many” (10:45).

The music of victory over the dragon plays throughout the New Testament. Paul’s affirmation in Roman 8 springs from his conviction that Christ has “disarmed the rulers and authorities” and triumphed over them on the cross (Col 2:15).

Jesus is Lord. Is he your Lord and Saviour?

 

 

 
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