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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! 

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                     JUNE 2018    
                               
The important news for this month is the about Christine's visit to Albania.



'Albania Hope' is the MWiB Southampton District's project to raise money for projects which 'encourage, equip and enable Albanian young people to reach their full potential'

A group decided to go (at their own expense) to look at some of the projects the District was supporting through the Mary Ward Loreto foundation.  

In a country where the trafficking of young people is rife, the Foundation offer's young people a future in their own country filled with hope over and against the allure and false promises offered by the traffickers. 


Read Christine's diary by clicking HERE

              

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          SINGING THE LORD'S SONG IN A STRANGE LAND

The normal price of one book plus postage is now back to 10. 
Contact me on 
 mail1@tomstuckey.me.uk     
                  The book is also obtainable from:          Christian resources for Life (CRfl), Stoke on Trent.            Sarum College, Salisbury.         The New Room, Bristol.       Westminster Central Hall.               Scroll Eaters, Stroud.                  Keith Jones, Bournemouth.   

    

                             Click the picture to read a sample

 

                           Click HERE for a review of reactions to the book.                                                                   

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                          CHRISTINE'S PAPERS
                                    
 (select below)             
                                                                         
     1. 
Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne      4.  Albanian Diary
 
       2.  MWiB District Celebration

     3.  A Pilgrimage at home        5. Pilgrimage poem
 
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THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION   by Tom

                      'Living with Tension' 

(Part of a lecture given in 2007  on 'Covenant and Reconcilliation')      

 

The children of Israel are promised a new land of their own. This poses a difficulty. There are already people living in the space Israel seeks to occupy. Should these former slaves of Egypt understand their mission in terms of a military crusade so that their uniqueness and security is guaranteed or should they be accommodating and maybe lose that uniqueness? The choice seems to be between ethnic nationalism or liberative universalism, between conquest or suffering, of becoming either an oppressor or a victim. Israel’s dilemma has a contemporary ring.  

The presence of people already dwelling in the promised land, also raises a theological problem since they too are chosen by God and live under the inclusive rainbow sign of the first covenant. Surely God is pledged to preserve and give them space, not annihilate them? There seems to be a dialectical tension between the first universal covenant and this second particular covenant? Should Israel launch a pre-emptive strike (Josh. 8, 25) or should the option of a peaceful mission of co-existence be tried (Jud 1.29)? The acuteness of this moral dilemma is brought out by the Jewish scholar Samuel Sandmel: 'It is clear that the promised land had once belonged to others...yet they were to lose the land and the Hebrews to gain it. Is there not a certain uneasiness reflected in some of the overtones of Scripture about one people taking a land which had not been theirs?'

 

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 LAST MONTH'S REFLECTION by Tom 

                                    'Divine Break-ins'

Paul had personally experienced a divine ‘break in’. On the Damascus Road the blinding light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ shone into his heart. A ‘break-in’ happened at Pentecost in Jerusalem. A similar ‘break-in’ happened when Paul came to Ephesus, preached and laid hands on those nominal Christians so that ‘they spoke in tongues and prophesied’ (Acts 19.6).

Because of the cross and resurrection the whole of our existence on earth is saturated with divine possibility. ‘Break-ins’ can happen at any time and in any place. Early Methodism records many divine ‘breaks-ins’; some very gentle, others spectacular. John Wesley describes such an event on New Year’s Day 1739.

About three in the morning, as we were continuing instant in prayer, the power of God came mightily upon us, in as much that many cried out for exceeding joy, and many fell to the ground. As soon as we were recovered a little from that awe and amazement at the presence of His majesty we broke out with one voice, ‘We praise Thee, O God; we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.’

 

 
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