Luke 6 – Finally having seen the final in the series of #Rev this morning (I say finally, because was avoiding reading people’s posts about it since last night!) – so the Beatitudes jump right out at me, having watched Adam curled up on his bed, reciting these to himself, feeling that God is a long long long way away.
Is it helpful that I often think of this series of verses:
41 ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?42 How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,” when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
when I am thinking about the whole question of ‘tweeting in church’. So often people think that people are playing on their phones, etc. whereas often people (well, I can definitely speak for myself) are focusing in on the sermon, and sharing it with others, possibly querying something heard in a truly interactive way. If someone is paying attention to what I’m doing, what does that say for where their attention is, as it’s clearly not with the sermon?! However, who am I to judge what they are doing? 🙂
We need to understand our values, our faith, and understand what our lives are built upon, which will inform our thinking and our behaviour… to which we are answerable to God in the ultimate.
Luke 7 – Having been looking at a bit of Shane Clairborne recently – especially thinking of the title of his book ‘What is Jesus really meant everything he said?’ – there’s plenty of challenging stuff in Luke, including this chapter…
It’s interesting to look at the interactions of the people – some said, it’s enough that you give the word, other’s wanted some kind of reaction from Jesus … and the outstanding verse – those who have been forgiven much also love much!
Last year we started talking about plans around Stephen Cherry’s book Healing Agony re working together in discussions around forgiveness – possibly with The Forgiveness Project … so interesting to see this from Desmond Tutu – starting in 5 days:
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.