Unable to follow Jesus

September 24th, 2004
I am not sure that it is possible to talk about following Jesus. If I read the theology books I get the impression that Jesus left us with a ministry textbook, with principles and techniques. When I look at Jesus in the original texts, he just isn’t like that. Every time he does something, he does something different. He is totally unpredictable. Indeed he says it himself, ‘The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit’.Again, you get the impression from theology books that the Bible contains pretty much all the types of things that Jesus did. John says that Jesus did so many other (or different) things that tons of books would have to be written to cover them.  

So I think that trying to follow Jesus is a waste of time and I don’t think it is what he was after. Jesus is not the kind of guy you follow. He is the kind that you are inspired by.

Decision Made

April 17th, 2004
We have made our decision. We are going to start a discussion/experimentation group to explore emergent church, starting in September. We are going to prepare the first four or five sessions and then, having introduced the ethos we would like, discuss where we go from there with the group. In the meantime we are preparing material which I will post as it is prepared.

Drifting

March 24th, 2004

I have been thinking about the theory of the stages of faith recently. Lidia has been re-reading “The Churchless Faith” over the last few days and reading out the passages that strike her.

We are torn between strategies in our own search for a place to stand in church. On the one hand we want to challenge the dependency relationship nature of church and insist on more collaborative approach to decision making (and in our church this means writing letters as there is no public forum for these issues)

On the other hand, these churches were built for conformists to meet in and they would be very threatened by any action on our part. We do not wish to destroy their home in the process of our stab at building one for ourselves.

And while we think about this, we drift.