Honest Christianity – what a great slogan

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This picture could describe the mandate of being a Christian, a positive self image, because we are a child of the King and the fruit of the Holy Spirit should pour out of us, especially when cut. I saw this is in a shop in
Malvern. It is not quite the beatitudes, but it is a good stab at contextualizing. I encourage students that you can theologically reflect on anything so a pineapple is as good as anything.

Today we had our annual memorial service and the member of our team who was preaching, Margaret, stressed to the families that how they were an inspiration to us because of how they sought to find a hope and trust in God in the light of what had happened to them. Amen Margaret, well said. Over 300 of them representing 60 plus families came to remember, cry and celebrate the gift and love of their children and they’re still sweet in the middle. We honour them as they come to honour their children.

Honest Christianity – New Year’s Honours

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At our hospital’s annual staff review one of the sketches teased one of our  staff who was honoured in the New Year’s Honours list.

One of the other things that ultimately matters according to Rabbi Jonathan
Sacks in the conclusion of “To heal a fractured world: Ethics of responsibility”
is that it is not the honours we receive that matter, but the honour we give.
This reminds me of one of my favourite stories:

An interviewer was travelling to New York to interview 2 famous people and chose to take one of her friends with her. Her friend was very excited about who she was interviewing.
When she came out from seeing the first person, her friend asked her how it went. She replied, she felt she had just meet the most important person in the world. Wow, and she still had some one else to meet.  When she came out  from seeing the second person, her friend asked her how it went. She replied, she felt she had been made to feel she was the most important person in the world.

 

When we are figuring out how we love or serve others, this is a component of how we can do that. If we have let slip some of our new year resolutions, then perhaps we could take the risk of honouring other people at the expense and sacrifice of pushing ourselves.

The picture is of me putting on Sally’s new shoes at her ordination as Deacon – honouring her…

Reference:
Jonathan Sacks To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility. London: Bloomsbury 2005, p272.

 

 

Honoured or blessed?

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

I have been pondering an insight gained from my study on shame in the church. Some commentators suggest that rather than the beatitudes starting with “Blessed are”… it would be equally valid to suggest that they start with “Honoured are”. Now to me “blessed” sounds encouraging but honoured sounds like a challenge to my attitudes which requires a response. Blessed is something God does to people, honour is something to do with what is valued in God’s kingdom, a different set of values often to what is honoured in the world. I think I still have more to ponder to get the most out of this insight but honouring others, particularly others who may not receive much honour in other contexts is something I must pursue.