Joan Chittister has written a commentary on the Rule of Benedict, and this is serialised on the web with a daily reading from it http://www.eriebenedictines.org/daily-rule. Today (22nd September) the chapters on Obedience and Humility start. I find these a most inspiring set of chapters and would suggest that they are a good place to start with this. If you don’t see this post in time, it is possible to see the previous days reading by clicking on the date above the image.
If you find Ignatian Meditations, or if you aren’t sure, and would like to find out, this web site has a number that you can try: http://taketime.org.uk/.
What do you think?
I often get asked about different translations of the Bible, so for those who want to know here is a resource from the Bible Society.
In church we read the NRSV, so if you want to have the same words you hear on Sunday that would be the one.
We will be reading Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-faith World by Brian McLaren as our next book. We read books quite slowly – a few chapters at a time. Our next two meetings are 2 July 2018 and 20 August 2018. If you would like to know more please contact Alan Crawley.
Sunday 15th April at St Mark’s we have the Annual Meetings. Please try and attend to hear about how much our Parish has achieved over the last year. All may attend the Annual meeting of parishioners, but only those on the electoral roll may attend the APCM. This year we will be introducing material from a course “Leading your Church into growth”.
Please find below the annual report on church activities.
Our Knitted Nativity or Knitivity will travel from home to home during Advent. Would you like to host them just as the reluctant Inn keeper does in the nativity story? Booking can be done by contacting Kris: 07876 204665 / firstname.lastname@example.org
I have just started rereading this book for our book group, and whilst I remembered many of the “parables”, I had forgotten the introduction.
In it Peter Rollins explains that the purpose of the book is not to provide answers, but to pose questions (I paraphrase). And that the point of these questions is to change our behaviour, not to gain our assent to some ideas. He goes on to point out that so often people will assent to an idea, but then behave as though they don’t believe it; for example saying how terrible materialism is, but then living in a materialistic way.
I recently posted some thoughts on Remembrance Sunday, and yesterday I had some more that I thought worth sharing.
In the previous article I commented on an article by Simon Jenkins, and he suggested that we should make next year the last Remembrance Sunday because too many use remembering as a means to keep past hurts alive. However, it struck me that the problem is not keeping the memory alive, it is keeping the animosity alive.
Telling the Story
Naming The Hurt
Renewing/releasing the relationship
It strikes me that at Remembrance the difficulties come because we are good at the first two, but don’t always move on to the third or fourth.
I would suggest that until we have mastered those two steps as well the nursed grievances will remain whether or not we abolish Remembrance Day.
And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
This surprised me as it was a memorable phrase, which I did not remember!
Looking it up I discovered that it follows on from the Parable of the Unjust Steward, so when I usually read/hear it it is in a particular context. The words are the same, but the context is different (not that the unjust steward is an easy parable to interpret).
It isn’t in the same league as theatre bill boards (see here), but reading something out of context can give a misleading perception.
The question then comes – how do we use the Bible without taking it out of context?