Archive for January, 2019

Notes from Rachel Muers’ talk Jan 19

Posted: January 30, 2019 by emmacatherineking in Uncategorized

Hi All,

Here is a cut and paste of Rachel’s notes, with a few additions of mine in bold that will hopefully make it make more sense.

“Why did Jesus call himself the “son of man”?

Before starting, one of my favourite short theological quotations
Gloria Dei vivens homo [explain] (translation – ‘The glory of God is the living human being’. Quote is from Irenaus)

And the follow up is “ and the life of a human being is the vision of God”

Non-competitive – not putting humanity down to raise God up – God is glorified in the life of humanity, in the human being fully alive

And then the next thing I tend to say is – this makes sense of Jesus – and you have to say that Jesus is the paradigm case not the exception. This is what a living human being who is the glory of God looks like… & this is the human life that is the vision of God (ie Jesus is the most humany human there ever was) (more…)

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Being Human: The Ending is The Beginning

Posted: January 14, 2019 by reviveleeds in Uncategorized

We’re just starting a new series entitled ‘Being Human’, which is a title as vague as it is obvious. How can we not be human?

For those of us who follow Jesus, there is an underlying assumption: that being human is more than just existing. We were made for something. Maybe lots of things. It’s these things that we want to explore in our new series.

As an opening salvo, I resorted (rather predictably) to The Matrix. The end of The Matrix opens up the film from being about an individual’s struggle to understand the world and his place and purpose in it, towards a future with global consequences.

The ending of Matthew’s gospel is the same. Up to this point, Jesus has gathered friends and followers, taught them ‘The good news of the kingdom’, shown them a way of living that connects body, mind and spirit, and then offered himself as the ultimate spanner in the works, breaking the cycle of violence by taking on violence as the innocent, forgiving victim. God showed that Jesus’ sacrifice was the sacrifice by raising him from death – woohoo – and maybe the story could have ended there. But it doesn’t. The last few verses of Matthew open up the mission of Jesus to include all of us: we are to ‘make disciples.’ Thus the ending of Matthew is the beginning of what we call the church.

What that means for us as followers of Jesus is that we are called (which is a polite way of saying commanded) to continue to learn and grow, to become as fully human as we can be, and to encourage those around us to do the same. Being human isn’t a static state, but rather it is a process of constant change and growth. As we begin this series, we will explore a variety of ways to understand ourselves. But the central idea that we will circle around and return to is that Jesus calls us to be disciples making disciples.