Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Oxfam Trailwalker- in my books, a grueling experience! We completed 100km over 32 hours on 4/5 April in Taupo. Our team, through its highs and lows hobbled to the end with the support of a crew who supplied our every need. This walk, I labeled 'epic' by the end. Epic for many reasons. The physical demands on our un-athletic and inexperienced bodies and the sheer mental determination that edged us on was overwhelming (and still is). More over, Epic, in the way that this event went far beyond ourselves, it was the partnershpip we had with those all over the country who encouraged us, sponsored oxfams work, and thought of us over that weekend. I feel as though, I am just one in a team of over a few hundred who have journeyed through this experience with us. You, our team have raised over $5000 for Oxfams work. Priceless.
This is what happens when we are connected, when we simply give what we have, when our values override our financial concerns. Thankyou, keep going, we have work to do!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
"The earth shook and the stone in front of the tomb moved”
- economics (Acts 2.44-45; 4.32-37; 5.1-11; 6.1-7;11.27-30; Romans 15.22-28; 2 Corinthians 8.13-15; 9; Galatians 2.10)
- justice and a gifting of voice to the voiceless (Acts 2.1-21; James 2)
- hospitality (Luke 24.13-35 – two discouraged disciples make space for a “stranger” who turns out to be the Christ; Acts 2.46-47)7
- a new humanity (Ephesians 2)
- reconciliation and strengthening community (Acts 6)
- seeing God, private property, others and the world (Acts 2.42-43; Acts 4.34-37; 5.3-4; Philippians 2).
These new communities“… made the grace of God credible by a society of love and mutual care which astonished pagans and was recognized as something entirely new. It lent persuasiveness to the claim that the new age had dawned in Christ. The word was not only announced but seen in the community of those who were giving it flesh. The message of the Kingdom became more than an idea. A new human community had sprung up and looked very much like the new order to which (Jesus) had pointed. Here love was given daily expression; reconciliation was actually occurring; people were no longer divided into Jews and Gentiles, slave and free, male and female. In this community the weak were protected, the stranger welcomed. People were healed; the poor and dispossessed were cared for and found justice. Everything was shared. Joy abounded and ordinary lives were filled with praise (and a new sense of wonder)” (Michael Green).
What could this look like where you're at? What if we were to rehearse something of these stories of reorganization, renewal and resurrection where we live, study and work? What if we were to reinvent something of the economics, something of the hospitality of sight and space of these stories in our own neighborhoods? What difference would that make? What would our neighbours see? Who could we collaborate with to make a stronger neighborhood possible? The narrative of the Resurrection is the only prophetic alternative we have to the same old same tired stories of the “solution gridlock” tyrannizing our world. “It is (now) up to us to produce (new) signs of the resurrection in (our) present social, cultural and political world” (N. T. Wright). The story of the Christ-event, Jesus resurrected and the world reorganized and renewed, now lives on in you and me. Take that thought with you next time you go shopping, to study, or to work.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Here's a teaser...."And I want to suggest to you today that this most modern of crises, the first financial crisis of the global age, has confirmed the enduring importance of the most timeless of truths - that our financial system must be founded on the very same values that are at the heart of our family lives, neighbourhoods and communities.
Instead of a globalisation that threatens to become values-free and rules-free, we need a world of shared global rules founded on shared global values. I know it’s hard to talk about the future when you’re having a tough time in the present. You don’t redesign a boat in the midst of a storm.
But we need to talk about the future - because it falls to us to shape it. When Dr Martin Luther King talked about the fierce urgency of now, he asked us to awaken to a tide in the affairs of men which if missed means you can end up being literally too late for history.
See: http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page1885 8 0- accessed 1/4/09