The Split …when comedy is lost in tragedy and no-one knows (Spoilers)

I got annoyed at the TV this week! It wasn’t the news or Question Time but a TV series Sarah and I were watching on catch up.

The programme was called The Split and it’s all about a family on the brink. There’s several strands to the story.

  1. A law firm in crisis. It’s one of those old fashioned family firms but oldest daughter has broken away in order to join a much larger company.
  2. The family specialise in divorce law -and so there are a number of little stories about divorces and pre-nuptual agreements.
  3. The youngest daughter is about to get married -but will they get to the altar.
  4. Dad who walked out many years ago suddenly shows up again.

The eldest daughter Hannah’s marriage is under pressure, one of the lawyers at the new firm had been in a relationship with her many years ago. He now is trying to get her back after his own marriage ended. Hannah resists but her life is thrown into crisis when it emerges that her husband has had an affair. Continue reading

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What do good works have to do with The Good News?

We’re talking about what is the Gospel, what Gospel work is and how the local church is involved. It’s a twitter conversation provoked by Stephen Kneale’s article here.

Then I receive this response:

“When we separate the gospel (good news) from the word ‘good’ we’re in trouble!”[1] Continue reading

The Subversive City

 

We have an inbuilt, deep seated desire to belong.  Humans are social creatures, we look for company, we seek to build partnerships. We are at our best when we work together.  We have a desire to create, to build, to develop and improve. Continue reading

What should we be doing? The mission of the church

This is first of all some follow on notes from discussions durning our Union Learning Community module on Church and Mission and secondly something for those of you who hqve read Chris Wright’s The Mission of God and Gilbert and DeYoung’s The Mission of the Church and stil thinking ” What should we be doing?” It also folows on from my talk at the Union Conference on ” Blessing the Church.” Continue reading

Fulfilling the Law (part 4) Typology

We’re continuing to think through the continuity and discontinuity between the OT and the NT. One helpful way to do this is through Typology. The OT provides types/ patterns or foreshadowing of the greater reality to come in Christ.

Let’s sketch that out a little (nb there’s nothing original in this post but if I were to cite everyone who had picked up on these images the footnotes would be longer than the article). Continue reading