#AdventBookClub: Day 34: Redemption

Whilst we are still in a period of thinking about the birth of Jesus, there is also time to think about redemption - and that it's available to all (and often through the ordinary times of life, which are then made extraordinary). Redemption, however, is not painless: The Christian gospel is not magic, wishing away all ills. It is given in incarnation, the inseparable fusing together of the human and divine, and grows at the…

#AdventBookClub: Day 33: Questioning

Today's reading is really helpful - Maggi draws on Psalm 119:25-32 to deal with the question of whether it's "better" to meet God via revelation (as the shepherd's did), or via intellectual study (as the wise men did) … and that there is a "danger" in asking questions of our faith. My Winchester housegroup often discussed this, to this kind of end: … I found that being allowed to believe in a God who could stand…

#AdventBookClub: Day 32: Waiting

We can see what we've done, we can see the possibilities ahead. We can possibly: arrive at the New Year with a sense that the horizon has once again fallen away; you may have a hunch that, once again, there is more life to live, more to do, more to find. We don't always know quite what we're waiting for. It seems to be part of the human condition that we get bored when we…

#AdventBookClub: Day 31: Endings

We reach the end of 2013 today… and Maggi Dawn starts to deal with the topic of endings - how do books end, how do the 66 different books of the Bible end, particularly how does Mark's gospel end? The resurrection, rather than being tied to the time and place of the story, is left as an open book to the reader, who, rather than commemorating or disputing a moment in history, is given the…

#AdventBookClub: Day 30: Emptying Selves

Philippians 2:5-11 New Living Translation (NLT) 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God,[a] he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b]; he took the humble position of a slave[c] and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,[d] 8     he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a…