Tom Stuckey
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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   



20 now for THREE copies and this includes postage. I am making this offer because some who have purchased a copy wish to use the book for study purposes in 'housegroups'.  

The normal price of the book plus postage is  NOW 10
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                 March 2018    

                                                                                    Click picture to read sample

I have recently been given the opportunity to lead discussions on my book in the London South-East District Synod, the Winchester, Eastley and Romsey circuit and thirdly at Queen's College, Birmingham. Each of these presented very different challenges.

In my next blog I will tell you more.


                The book is also obtainable from:

                                     Westminster Central Hall.  

                                     The New Room, Bristol.

                                     Sarum College, Salisbury.

                                     Scroll Eaters, Stroud.

                                      Keith Jones, Bournemouth.   





                            (click below)             
     1.  Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne
       2.  MWiB District Celebration

     3.  A Pilgrimage at home              4 Pilgrimage poem




              'CHARISMATIC'  from 'Edge of Pentecost'

Karl Barth believed that theology becomes a liturgical offering to God when it is done in faith. Since revelation is an act of grace, theology without prayer loses touch with truth. Doing theology is not so much a matter of learning but a manner of praying. At the end of his life Barth said he wished he could begin his own theological work again but starting this next time round with the third person of the Trinity.

My foundational experience of God, my Methodist background and recent theological studies were leading me to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. I set aside more time to pray. Maybe this was why I began to bump into ministers of different denominations who spoke of the charismatic movement.2 I also met a few people who raved about ‘speaking in tongues’ (glossalalia). One of them had a ‘hot line’ to God whom, she claimed, spoke to her daily through dreams, pictures and even voices. It was most unsettling. Such spiritual claims are dangerous because reason is displaced by intuition and doctrine subverted by feeling. The Holy Spirit is being used as a theological labour saving device. I decided to seek out credible information about the charismatic movement.




                              Jonah Methodist Bible Month

Walt Disney gave us Pinocchio. Herman Melville gave us Moby Dick. The Old Testament gives us Jonah who, a bit like Pinocchio, has to be taught a lesson. Although there is humor in this absurd story, there is little to laugh about. Jonah is as obsessed as Captain Ahab but not with the whale but with his own brand of religion.

We modern readers of the book focus so much on the big fish that we fail to be amazed at the big God who is the prime-mover in the story. Jonah is ‘swallowed’ and after three days is ejected from the fish’s watery belly. Early Christians saw this as a sign of death and resurrection (1 Cor.15.4). Literary experts have also shown that this theme of dying and rising is also present through the use of certain words. The phrase ‘to go down’ appears in 1.3, 1.5, and 2.6 where Jonah descends to the land of death. The resurrection word is ‘arise’ (1.1, 1.6, and 3.2). Theking of Nineveh (3.6) hears God’s message and ‘rises’ from his throne to proclaim repentance.

One of the words most used in the book is ‘great’ or ‘big’ (1.2, 1.4, 1.12, 17; 3.1, 3.5; 4.11).  This frequency is compounded by the fact that in Hebrew there are no adverbs so that the literal translation of ‘they feared exceedingly’ (1.10) would be ‘they feared with a great fear’. This same note of fear, awe and wonder is found in Mark’s account of the resurrection (Mk.16.8).


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