King’s College – the beautiful ‘9 Lessons and Carols‘ – I never knew that it was created to help soldiers, unable to equate the brutality they had seen on the front in the First World War – with what they saw in Church – see the story at the centre of the Christian faith (rather than organisations/Christians – we so often get in the way of Jesus I think!). Last year enjoyed Online Carols 2012 so much, and hoping to see them come to fruition this year! I love the fact that we are looking at Genesis in Advent, and seeing how we pull the whole story together, how we have a longing to be fully whole again … and I am enjoying seeing what others have to say about this book (also on Twitter):
Other #adventbookclub bloggers
I have always been encouraged to hear a range of viewpoints, and uncomfortable with black/white thinking … and remember when Maggi & I spoke together at #CNMAC10 (the first one!) – Maggi encouraged us to find our ‘blogging voices’. I love how the three different resources that I’m reading appear to be weaving together – today Brian Draper encouraged us to think about the vulnerability of love – and see how the song ‘Love Came Down’ is interpreted in these two different ways (same song, completely different engagement):
- King’s College (embedding disabled)
And then onto Ron Glusenkamp’s material (and I am reading/posting each in turn, rather than looking for a common thread before I write – this is responsive writing, rather than academic writing) ..
We are called by the Spirit to create a place and space where love is the foundation of all that we build together. Love is born anew again and again.
Love enables ordinary people to do extraordinary things, which reminds me, if Brian doesn’t mind, I want to share a little more of his material – where he looks to Brené Brown, Daring Greatly to define love, and the risks that come with it (see her TED talk):
“Waking up every day and loving someone who may or may not love us back, whose safety we can’t ensure, who may stay in our lives or may leave without a moment’s notice, who may be loyal to the day they die, or betray us tomorrow – that’s vulnerability. Love is uncertain. It’s incredibly risky. And it leaves us emotionally exposed.”
As I head off into a day with friends old and new (we’re going to decorate the Christmas tree) – plenty of thoughts to take with me, and I finish with one from Pam – questioning whether we have ever wanted to hide from God (oh yes):
That point can be the end of the beginning of our relationship with God, but the beginning of an honest one.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.