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Friday, August 31, 2007

Urban Mission - Harvie M. Conn 

Seeking peace of the city 1989 22-24

Calling on churches to be agents of transfomation, it outlines the process of transformation in five areas: 1) better understanding by the church of teh city's social and economic structures; 2)the incarnation of teh church in those social abd cultural realities; 3) sensitivity to all levels in the city, and particularly affirmative action on behalf of eth poor; 4) a clearer definition of teh prophetic role of the church in the city; 5) a re-emphasis on teh church as a community of compassion by way of a christ-centred message of hope and incarnation.


Holistic Mission and Ministry : The whole gospel to the whole person 

Lester T. Ferguson

"There is no biblical dichotomy between the Word spoken and the Word made fleh in the lives of God's people. Men will look as they listen and what they see must be at one with what they hear. The Christian community must chatter, discuss and proclaim the gospel; it must express the gospel in its life as teh new society, in its sacrificial service of others as a genuine expression of God's love, in its prophetic exposing and opposing of all demonic forces taht deny the Lordship of Christ and keep men less than human; inits pursuit of real justice for all men; in its responsible and caring trusteeship of God's creation and its resources.

Holistic Mission. Occasional paper no. 33 lausanne committee for wortld evangelisation. Thailand 2004


Biblically, holistic mission is inclusive, intentional and incarnational, and just as Christ became the inclusive, intentionmal, incarnate God to teh world, so the church becoames teh inclusive, intentional, incarnate agent of God to teh world through holistioc mission and ministry. (Lester T. Ferguson)

Salvation for both worlds

"Experience had shaped his theology in such a way that he now conceieved of hell not only as a place of endless punishment for the wicked, of which alienation from God in this life was a sign, but he now wrote of the outward hell of 'poverty, drunkeness, debaucheryu, crime, slavery, war and every other from of outward misery' Green

Creed and deed p. 63

'I had two gospels of deliverence to preach - one for each world, or rather, one gospel which applied alike to both'W Booth - Salvation for both worlds


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Tiplady, R. (2002). Postmission: World Mission by a Postmodern Generation. 

REM 'Losing my Religion' xii

Many young workers who do join established organizations find that they just do not fit in, and feet a , constant pressure to conform in a way that creates many internal tensions. Some either can not or will not conform and so leave; others live under the constant strain of pretending to be who they are not in order to 'fit'; whilst others submit to the demands of the agency and become clones of their leaders devoid of freshness and innovative potential. pp14

Foucault's ultimate aim was to articulate and Promote that which is different so as to challenge that which is considered normal. This is ultimately anti-authoritarian, and he sought to encourage the articulation of different discourses so as to reveal the arbitrary nature of every rule and norm. He called this the power/resistance matrix. Thus he encouraged the expression of different opinions, simply as an end in themselves, and not because such airing of different views might some nearer approximation to truth or reality be discovered. One might reasonably ask what the result of such a cacophony of divergent opinions would produce - would it be confusion, chaos or anarchy? On this point Foucault was unconcerned, as he simply wanted to encourage the free expression of discourses so as to highlight the often arbitrary nature of that which rules as ,normal'. pp79

Viv Thomas suggests that chaos must be embraced, not feared. He quotes Mitchell Waldrop, who describes the edge of chaos as the 'one place where a complex system can be spontaneous, adaptive and alive'. Attempts to find a stable equilibrium will fail. (Gleick notes the same with regard to ecology - equilibrium, or a steady state, equals death.)` Great leaders, suggests Thomas, drive away from stability into chaos. Regular innovation comes through instability. Any sense of arrival will be dangerous complacency.`



Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Jamison, C. (2006). Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life. 

'You are not to act in anger or nurse a grudge. Rid your heart of all deceit. Never give a, hollow greeting of peace or turn away when somebody needs your love. Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue' (RB, 4: 22-7).

Before we can take a step into the sanctuary, we have to find the doorway and that doorway is virtue. To help you locate this doorway in your own life, 1 suggest that you take that extract from the Rule and use it as an examination of conscience. One way to do this is to take each sentence and put 'I' or 'my' into it. So now it reads: 'I do not act in anger or nurse a grudge. 1 rid my heart of all deceit. 1 never give a hollow greeting of peace and 1 never turn away when somebody needs my love. 1 speak the truth with heart and tongue.' If this personalised version is hard to say, then keep it before you as both a summons each morning and a checklist each night. Review the moments in which you have been true to those words and rejoice in those moments. Admit to yourself those moments of the day when you have failed to live out this ideal. Gradually, day by day, let the words move from your head to your heart until they start to shape your day and its relationships. The doorway to sanctuary is the doorway to your heart.


There were three earnest men who were friends and became monks. One chose to live out the saying 'BIessed are the peacemakers' and worked to, reconcile enemies. The second chose to visit the sick. But the third stayed in solitude. Now the first worked among many contentious people and found that he could not appease them all, so eventually he was overcome with exhaustion. He sought out his friend who was caring for the sick, only to find that he too was worn out, depressed and unable to carry on. The two of them decided to visit their friend who lived in the desert and they told him all their, troubles. When they asked him how he was, the monk was silent for a while and then poured some water into a bowl. 'Look at the water,' he said and they saw that it was murky. After a while he said, 'Look again and see how clear the water has become.' As they looked, the two monks saw their own faces as in a mirror. And the monk said to his friends: 'Because of the turbulence of life, the one who lives in the midst of activity does not see his sins. But when he is quiet, especially in solitude, then he sees the real state of things.'

Ladder of humility

Benedict wants a community where people can express individuality rather than individualism. Individualism is simply doing your own thing in your own way and blanking out the other people. Individuality involves bringing your particular contribution to bear on flic life of the community, even if that is a difficult cotiti-ibtitioii for others to accept; for example, a criticism. 121

Peace is the fruit of justice 167


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