An essential Discipleship – have we reached a Bonhoeffer moment?

Brilliant piece of writing. Very Prophetic finishing with what Hannah Arendt would call the Banality of Evil

Fire in the Belly

In early 2016, a group of mainly men in military-style ‘political’ uniforms marched through the streets of a town in the UK for the express purpose of intimidating the local populace and instilling fear. They swore at people in the street, confronting one woman as she walked from the local supermarket with her children, and her baby in a pram. She verbally fought back. Much of this was filmed and shown on social media. A judge would later rule that this group was in clear violation of legislation against the wearing of political uniforms, the Public Order Act of 1936 drafted following the march of the Black Shirts through the East End of London by the British Union of Fascists led by Oswald Mosley. Their wearing of uniforms was intended to intimidate the community through which they marched, to instil fear.

Cumberland Lodge, alongside the CCJ Council of Christians and…

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“Abide in me” – a sermon for Easter 5

... because God is love

“Abide in me” says Jesus, “as I abide in you.” And he uses this striking image of the vine and its branches.

What does it mean to abide in Jesus?

‘Abide’ is an interesting word. It’s not just about being friends with Jesus, or spending time with him. It’s something deeper, more rooted and grounded, more intimate than that. The branches of the vine are not just close it, they are part of it, just as we are part of the body of Christ.

And what does it mean to abide in the risen Jesus?

“We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song.”

What does it mean to abide in Easter, to dwell in the resurrection, to know ourselves to be part of the risen Christ? One of the things I think being an Easter people must mean is that we make ‘alleluia’ our song in all things…

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Lecture Five: Slavishness, Democracy, and the Death of God

Very meaty! Not for vegans!

Gifford Lectures Blog

Professor Stout delivered the fifth of his Gifford Lectures last night. My summary  is below. The video of Stout’s lecture is embedded below for those who were unable to attend in person, or for those who’d like to listen to it again. An audio only version can be  found at the end of this post. In order to further facilitate discussion Professor David Fergusson will be adding his initial reflections on Professor Stout’s fifth lecture. Fergusson is Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College at the University of Edinburgh and he himself is also a former Gifford Lecturer. We’d like to reiterate that we warmly welcome anyone wishing to engage with Stout’s lectures to contribute their comments and questions below.

Professor Stout begins his fifth lecture by speaking of Nietzche’s eclipse of Emerson. Emerson spoke of many of the same themes that Nietzsche did before Nietzsche did, but…

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