Today’s poem, on pain, makes me think of a number of verses in Genesis, where the ground is cursed, labour is cursed, and life is made so much more difficult through our own disobedience…
Yet the truth is that the
me. It invades, vanquishes and
I know some of the pain that I experience is brought on by some of my own unhelpful habits … I’m working on a few at at time!
Drawing on Mark 11:15-19, we are reminded that the God of the Old Testament is still very much in evidence … it is not ‘angry God’ of the Old Testament, and ‘floaty Jesus’ of the New Testament … righteous anger is in evidence throughout the Bible.
….you aren’t allowed to get angry, feel passionate or care so much about something that it leads to radical, unorthodox and criminal action.
Maggi emphasises that this is not a call for random criminal action, but to be aware that anger can play a part in our lives.
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.