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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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             SEPTEMBER  2016

A theological group, sponsored by the the Methodist Church through its regional network, has being set up in this south central part of England. Sarum College in Salisbury is our meeting place. We have met once. Our next meeting is on 20th October from 10.00am to lunch time. If you would like to come let me know.

Its primary aim is to encourage research but we are also using the internet resource of 'Fleep' as a means of furthering other sorts of theological dialogue and keeping members in touch with each other.

If you have not read my paper on The Best of All Possible Worlds then do so now. I fed some of this into our first meeting at Sarum and then uploaded my follow-up on 'Fleep'. It was entitled 'Paul and Wrath'. It provoked an interesting response.

This months reflection (below) is my reply to that response. If you want to follow the whole argument then why not joint Fleep?

John Vincent has brought out a new book consisting of a series of essays to follow 'Methodist Unbound'. He suggests that  'Methodism is Abounding' REVIEW.

You can get in touch with 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      

 


Christine is planning a pilgrimage next year in
the Christchurch area. Watch this space!   

 

        THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION   by Tom

Anger in God

Julian says about ‘no anger in God’, however the difference between Julian’s theology and (for example) Calvin is context.

Julian’s theology arises from her personal spiritual direction ministry aimed at helping individuals cope in a context of plague and natural disasters which have driven people to despair (giving rise to the Peasant’s Revolt and its terrible consequences).  God is not angry with those traumatised people who came to her (there is no anger in God).

Calvin’s is political and about establishing order and stability in a world which has been torn apart by the Reformation. His theology is national (even international). In a corporate context of disorder, injustice, vengeful war and oppression God is angry. For Calvinists in his time it was retributive anger. I see it as restorative anger (Volf).  This different take on theology is needed to sustains the faith of those oppressed and persecuted.  There is lots of this in the Psalms (78.38, 85.5, 88. & & 16,  89. 38 & 46).

Theology arises from context. In the above the first is personal directed to a hurting individual; the second is corporate and political.  It is complicated in addition by the gender issues which further shape the interpretation.

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 LAST MONTH'S REFLECTION 

 Christ within

The letter to the Philippians, once described as ‘a document on martydom’, has a theological perspective of ‘cross’ rather than ‘glory’. The letter celebrates the joyful relationship which Paul has with the church because of their partnership in suffering. He makes many references to ‘mind’ (1.7; 2.2; 3;15, 3;19, 4.2). This is not simply an exhortation to be humble but of the necessity of being inhabited by the mind of Christ through sacrificial obedience to him. 

Jesus spoke with authority and not as the scribes (Mk.1.22). The Greek word for authority ‘exousia’ comes from the verb ‘exesti’ which means ‘it is possible’ and ‘it is permitted’. It describes power but has a different take on it. ‘Exousia’ is not about a person’s status, position or authority within a structure, or an ability to coerce, manipulate or control. ‘Exousia’ is a gift of grace centred not on the person but on God who inhabits and exercises ‘possibility’ within that person. Paul had that sort of authority. That was what made him an apostle.

 

 
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