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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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        END OF FEBRUARY 2017

I have added some new material relating to the overnight study course I am leading at Sarum College, Salisbury (Information below).
There is a sermon 'Judas went and hanged himself' & three short Articles from a series of twelve Reflections to be published in the Methodist Recorder beginning in March.

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      PREACHING THE ATONEMENT
From  12.00 Tuesday February 28  to Ash Wednesday 1st March.
     
    THERE ARE STILL A FEW PLACES LEFT
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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      


 

THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION   by Tom

                 BEYOND THE BOX 

The institutional Church is in big trouble. Its relentless decline seems unstoppable. Few predict an upturn. Ministers and leaders of traditional Churches spend much of their time talking about money and devising strategies to keep the institution afloat.

While the world rushes by like a river in flood, nice people spend hours debating whether to take out a few pews. It is hardly surprising that disillusioned members drop out or move off to one of the newer Churches. It is not the first time that great swathes of Church have been wiped out or replaced by something else. God is always passing judgment on Churches and attempting to reform them.

I believe God is punching holes in the institution because he wants to reshape it. He is calling us to plant new seeds of Church alongside the old since much of the old, in its resistance to change, will not survive. This is no simple reshuffling of the pack but rather a call to play a different game, one requiring courage and theological ability. We can no longer keep doing more of the same. We have to live 'beyond the box'.

                     An extract from my 2005 book still obtainable from Amazon

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 LAST MONTH'S REFLECTION by Tom 

                    INFANT BAPTISM?

It was inevitable that first generation Christians in the early years of the Church would be adults and that they would wish to mark their incorporation into the body of Christ by the witness of believer’s baptism. However, what of their children? The Holy Spirit had been promised to them as well. 

Baptism in the early church is the new equivalent to Old Testament circumcision. This rite was performed on Jewish infants as a sign that they are included within God’s covenant. Sometimes in the early Church, whole families were baptized. It would therefore be natural for Christian parents, especially in times of trouble, to want their children to be members of the body of Christ so as to be inheritors of the promises of the new covenant.

 Infant baptism is a sign of God’s grace. All who are baptized are united with Christ in his death and resurrection. Whether people are baptized as adults or infants, every Christian has to ‘live out’ their baptism by counting themselves ‘dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus’. Baptism is therefore a single act and a life-long commitment.

 Infant baptism is a sign and witness that the grace of God precedes personal faith. It sets us within the family of Christ. It is a like a child being given a cheque for a billion pounds, however the cheque is worthless unless cashed. Infant baptism has to be cashed by the recipient when he or she grows up.

 If you have been baptized as a child, ‘make good’ your baptism though repentance and faith in Christ, and claim all the promises of the Bible made for you personally long ago.

 

 
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