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Tom Stuckey was President of the British Methodist Conference in 2005. This website has been set up with his wife Christine, to introduce you to our writings and encourage theological reflection both within the Methodist Church and beyond. Take a look and let us know what you think! 

Tom Stuckey   

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        APRIL 2018    
                               

               


 The normal price of one book plus postage is 11 (I now have limited stock)
Contact me on  
mail1@tomstuckey.me.uk

                 

The book is also obtainable from:

Westminster Central Hall.  

The New Room, Bristol.

Sarum College, Salisbury.

Scroll Eaters, Stroud.

  Keith Jones, Bournemouth.   

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       SOME OF CHRISTINE'S PAPERS
                                 (click below)             
                                                                         
     1. 
Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne
 
       2.  MWiB District Celebration

     3.  A Pilgrimage at home        4 Pilgrimage poem
 

  

 

THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION   by Tom

              'The Battle Won' from 'The Wrath of God Satisfied'

Matthew depicts resurrection as victory in a noisy cosmic battle (28:1-4). In the thunder of an earthquake an angel descends. “His appearance was like lightening and his clothing white as snow.” This is no fallen angel like Satan, but a triumphant Michael – a risen Christ avatar. The angel rolls away the stone and, in a closing gesture of defiance, sits upon it. The terror-stricken guards, frozen with fear, become like dead men.

The music of victory over the dragon plays throughout the New Testament. Paul’s affirmation in Roman 8 springs from his conviction that Christ has “disarmed the rulers and authorities” and triumphed over them on the cross (Col 2:15). The first chapter of Ephesians is a coronation anthem—vibrant with jewel-like metaphors of atonement—celebrating a Trinitarian God and declaring that all things have been put under Christ’s feet. The book of Revelation also majors on the worship of the Trinity and the destruction of the dragon. Ethelbert Stauffer writing in 1939 argues that the idea of victory dominates the New Testament.  “The early Church put these thoughts into an eloquent formula . . . Christ is the ‘Victor’ who has beaten down the ancient enemy in the battle of his passion.”  

Although Christ the “Victor” may indeed be a dominant metaphor in the New Testament it is not the only one. Alongside it is the complementary idea of Christ the “King”. Christ’s invasion-redemption- mission is the work of a king re-claiming his lost kingdom. As a proof text of Christ’s victorious kingship, the New Testament repeatedly uses Psalm 110.

'The Lord says to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool’. The Lord sends out from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes . . . The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath' (Ps 110:1-2, 5).

This Psalm could be describing the coronation of David or Solomon. It is quoted in Matt 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:43 leaving readers in no doubt that Jesus is king (Matt 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38). This affirmation is not needed in John’s Gospel since Jesus announces his kingship to Pilate (John 18:36). Easter and Pentecost are public manifestations of his kingship. God has made him both Lord and Messiah (Acts 2.32-36). Psalm 110 is embedded in Peter’s Pentecost sermon about resurrection, exaltation, and elevation. John has similar references to the lifting up of Christ (3:14, 8:28, 12:32, 12:34). Christ’s kingship is universal and cosmic. The crown jewels of atonement decorate Christ’s coronation.

Thus from the New Testament’s dominant coronation metaphors of “victor” and “king” come a cascade of gemstones—deliverance, liberation, exodus, ransom, and redemption. These metaphors will be employed by the church throughout its two-thousand year history to bring a sparkling spontaneity to the message of cross and resurrection.

 

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 LAST MONTH'S REFLECTION by Tom 

                     'CHARISMATIC'  from 'Edge of Pentecost'.

Karl Barth believed that theology becomes a liturgical offering to God when it is done in faith. Since revelation is an act of grace, theology without prayer loses touch with truth. Doing theology is not so much a matter of learning but a manner of praying. At the end of his life Barth said he wished he could begin his own theological work again but starting this next time round with the third person of the Trinity.  

My foundational experience of God, my Methodist background and recent theological studies were leading me to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. I set aside more time to pray. Maybe this was why I began to bump into ministers of different denominations who spoke of the charismatic movement.2 I also met a few people who raved about ‘speaking in tongues’ (glossalalia). One of them had a ‘hot line’ to God whom, she claimed, spoke to her daily through dreams, pictures and even voices. It was most unsettling. Such spiritual claims are dangerous because reason is displaced by intuition and doctrine subverted by feeling. The Holy Spirit is being used as a theological labour saving device. I decided to seek out credible information about the charismatic movement.

 
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