The ethic behind the text

Been thinking a lot about this verse 22 from Mark 1 recently and its links to ethics and truth. Jesus always saw the ethic behind the text or letter of the law which is why he got into trouble so much with those legalists. As we look and search for truth in contemporary society what is the deep ethic (thanks for the phrase Nikki) behind the text that gives shape and inform us so that a) we can set appropriate boundaries and b) speak with authority and authenticity.

Jesus crossed boundaries with an authenticity I would say that stemmed from him knowing the Spirit of the law and interpreting this into action that gave him authority. What was about him that enabled people to see this authority and respond in such a way, just give up stuff and follow him? Was he so immersed in the deep ethic of love that people saw this in his being?

21They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.

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Constructive post modernism

Been working on an essay and came across something in Grenz and Franke Beyond foundationalism. They cited a difference between the early deconstructive approaches that post modern thinkers took (early Europeans) and a more recent more constructive approach, particularly Stiver who talks about postmodernism being:
A rejection of modernity
A paradigm shift
A sketch of the future

I like this approach of not just slating stuff but trying to be more constructive. Anyway it got me into an interesting discussion about this and the nature of truth in modernity. That started with me saying applying Stiver to a theological missional process might look like “this is my truth, tell me yours and lets go on a journey together to discover more”

Great insight from IH who threw in the old story of the monkey with his fist in the peanut jar but wont let go of the peanut to gain more. Perhaps we are so precious about our truth we can let go or break the jar. Could tie in well the need for revolutionary moves in thinking and paradigm shift in how we define churchPaycheck film

Videos for Sale

Well it is worth a try. As we are moving we are having a big sort out and getting rid of loats (thats not a typo but a cross between lots and loads) of stuff. We have several videos for sale (many ideal for youthwork discussions) All at the knock down price of £2.50 each plus 50p per video if we need to post them. Ist come first served.

Catch me if you can
Being John Malkovich
Mission Impossible 2
The pianist
Donnie Darko
Little Voice
Ferris Buellers day off
The Office (complete first series)
Fight Club
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Eight Mile
(Childrens videos)
Barbie Rapunzel
The Little Mermaid
Rudolph the Movie
Children’s TV favourites
The Railway children
The Clangers, complete series 2
The road to Eldarado
Lion King 2
Veggie Tales the kindly Viking

Post modernity and critical thinking

I recognise this may not be a very critically thought out statement or question but at the moment I am struggling to identify the difference between post modern approaches to issues and critical thinking. PM talks about questioning many basic assumptions, truth, our ability to assume or project answers to issues due to cultural formation issues, reader response and interpretation etc, but surely there is little difference between this and good critical thinking. I was always very skeptical of people asking if post modernity was real, but I am wondering if we more accurate in thinking in the shift as critical or (hyper or an extension of) modernity as wouldn’t critical thinking have it roots and be shaped by the science movement like modernity?

From Dave in South Africa

Hello from an internet cafe in Cape Town!

We have arrived safely and are settling in well. The people are extremely welcoming and great fun. We have already enjoyed a Braai (traditional South African BBQ) and I have begun to learn to play dominos. I wasn’t very good but provided plenty of comedy moments for our hosts!

Yesterday we were shown around Elsies River, the township where we are staying. We visited the local health centre, an advice centre, an AIDS hospice and some of the rougher areas where the gangs operate. It was a real eye opener. So many people and so few services and resources.

We are living with an old lady called Aunty Rose. She has been very welcoming and is good fun. She reminds Isla of her gran! She has some interesting stories about living under apartheid and enlightening political views which she shares often!!

We have met some of the young people which was fun. I’m not sure what they make of us, I think it will take them a while to get used to these weird British folk who have suddenly turned up. One of them asked if we kew David Beckham! There are a lot of issues which make an impact on their lives. Alcohol and drug abuse is common. The gang culture is sometimes looked up to and admired. There are lots of local ‘Shebeens’, which are basically informal (and illegal) bars that sell alcohol and drugs. Some young people use these. The parents in the church are very concerned about the possibility of their kids getting involved in this stuff (last week a church member’s son stabbed another lad and killed him). They also have high hopes that we can input something useful which is very flattering but very daunting!

Well. It’s still early days so we’ll have to keep watching, learning, praying etc. For now though we are feeling welcomed and at home and are enjoying this adventure!

Please pray for us, that we’ll know how to repond to the needs of the church and community and that we’ll discover what it is that we can offer to our new friends!

Written by Dave but posted by Richard

Tides of life

Hectic week of half term. Dads taxi service clocked up an unusual amount of miles with children having parties to go to, sleep overs, days at mates houses and a trip to see the great Wallace and G. In all busy but satisfying half term. It was good to catch up with friends over lunch and spend time doing what the children wanted. Looking back it was good to make the effort to fit in with other peoples schedules, to let the children take a lead in the agenda of the week, but at the time seemed much of life was out of control and quite stressful.