Absalom should not have died that day. It was unjust, avoidable, a tragedy. I’ve mentioned a few times recently the difference between comedy and tragedy. Comedy ends in victory, joy and celebration. The protagonist is better off at the end than at the start. Tragedy ends in disaster for the central characters. Continue reading
Here’s the next challenge to consider when thinking about the “being offended”(or subjective response) side of offence. Continue reading
I am enjoying thinking through what it means to offend and be offended – I hope you are enjoying the discussion and finding it useful too. My primary concern when writing anything for faithroots is to think about the pastoral usefulness of what we are discussing. This takes precedent over knock about debate for me.
However, there are times when debate can be useful as it helps us to sharpen our thinking. Stephen Kneale has kindly come back and engaged further with me on this and I think it will be useful to our thinking about the pastoral implications to engage with his objections -so I want to take a little more time to respond to his articles on the subject.
So, let’s pick up on his responses here Continue reading
Glen Scrivener has put together a beautiful little set of short films imagining the scene where a time portal opens between a 21st century British home and Bethlehem on the first Christmas night.
In the story so far,Will and Claire have gone to stay with Claire’s parents for Christmas. It’s not been an easy time for Will the awkward boyfriend but he has been the first to “meet the Nativity~” whilst the rest of the family head off to the midnight service. On Christmas Day , he shows Claire too. Continue reading
I was at the airport in good time, ready for the long-haul flight to Hong Kong. There was just one snag. I got to the front of the queue only to be told “You’re not on this flight.” That was strange because I had my ticket ready and everything. But you see, the airline had over-booked the flight. So I had to wait around to see if there was a spare seat if someone didn’t show up. Continue reading
When I first wrote about handling the difficult Bible passages in 2 Samuel about David, Bathsheba, Amnon, Absalom and Tamar, I identified 3 types of person in the narrative. The first two are
Culprits – who are causing harm to others through their sin and carry specific guilt.
Victims – who are hurt by the sin of others often subjected to shame and a sense of defilement.
However, I don’t want us to lose sight of the third category. There are those we identified as faithful servants. These are people seeking to be obedient to God and faithful to his word and promises even in the face of intense provocation. Continue reading
In the light of the recent sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood, the hashtag #metoo began to trend on twitter as people began to share their own stories of experiencing unwanted attention, persistent harassment and physical abuse.
Sadly, very quickly in the wake of this another hashtag began to trend, #churchtoo. Now it may be tempting to sit back and say “This is just people with an axe to grind jumping on the bandwagon” and maybe some are but if even just a small percentage of the stories are true then this should disturb and sadden us. It should move us to sorrowful prayer and to action. Continue reading