Friday, May 14, 2010

a new time for ordinary people, like fishermen

One of the themes for this years season of Pentecost, is God's new era for ordinary people. These reflections on the gospel of St Luke focus on various disciples. Last night we started reflecting on the fact that Jesus called fisherfolk to be his disciples.

This choice we realised is significant, as he did not go for the religious people-he went for the hardliving guys. As story was shared in the guidelines on how fishermen would not flinch at death and be ready to defend their lives, with violence if need be. This reminded me of something that was said by Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. He said that we are at our most creative best, when we live in the face of death. Not sure what it means, but it seems like those kind of disciples have faced fear every day...a little fear of failure or the opinions of people, would perhaps count for nothing.

Another insight is the idea that Jesus calls these guys to follow him and then take them into the deep sea. Often we think of fish and those things as a life in a fish tank. We would look after the fishtank, yet its safe, controlled, etc. Here, we are talking about something different... deepsea fishing, something more dangerous, yet more rewarding.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day special or Hallmark card ?

Mother's Day was special in our church, yesterday. Most of the time, we see Mother's Day in the guise of sentimental Hallmark card consumerism. The article by Diane Buttler Bass however does put things in perspective.

Simply reading it at church is however not enough. We need to think how does one recapture the radical roots of this tradition? In our own context we need to delve deeper into the challenges facing singly mothers, i.e. legal protection, proper childcare facilities and sustainable income. Unless these are addressed by the faith communities, alongside womanist movements, then the Mother's Day special, will remain trapped in the stereotype being another product in the world of Hallmark card consumerism.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

on a journey of becoming

Okay. Here we go again. I could not stay away for too long from AlphaXc. We will start the conversation and keep it going, as the Spirit leads us.

What is it that churches should focus on as they listen to God's heart for the world today? Should churches focus on extension, on become more. Perhaps we should be more powerful, wealthy, influential.

Yet, when we read the words of Jesus, then we see a deconstruction of the notion of becoming more. In fact we read, we should become less, take narrow paths and we read about laying down our lives. How would a christian community look like that aim at becoming less, taking lonely narrow paths and actually deciding to die ?