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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 Stuckey, who is the MWiB Southampton District President, to encourage theological reflection and dialogue both within the Methodist Church and beyond. You can participate in this.

  

Tom Stuckey

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             OCTOBER  2016

A new Blog and more  book reviews Rowan Williams writes with sublime simplicity on 'discipleship' while Bob Jackson looks at growth in the Church of England.

Two important events for your diary. The first is Christine's planned pilgrimage of which there are more details below.
Secondly I am leading an overnight study at Sarum College, Salisbury at the beginning of Lent:  Tuesday February 28 & Wednesday 1st March from midday to midday.
The theme is 'Preaching the Atonement'.  Contact me or Sarum College for more details. For the present NOTE THE DATE

You can get in touch with me on mail1@tomstuckey.me.uk
 

  

  
 
       

    HERE ARE SOME OF CHRISTINE'S PAPERS
                            (click below)             
                                                                     
   
   1.  Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne

   2.  MWiB District Celebration

   3.  A Pilgrimage at home      

 


PILGRIMAGE AROUND CHRISTCHURCH

On 24th to 25th May I shall be conducting an

 overnight mini pilgrimage. We shall be walking

 about 6 miles each day pausing from time to

time to look, reflect and pray.

The theme is 'God Moments'. The first day

 ends with prayers at the Priory, a meal and

 an overnight stay in Christchurch.

We set off next morning for a a further 7 miles

 stopping for communion at a Methodist Chapel

 on the way.

Because part of the value of a pilgrimage is in

 building relationships with each other and

 sharing insight and faith numbers are limited.

If you are interested you need to contact me as soon as

 possible. chris@christom.org.uk

   

 

        THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION   by Christine

The impossible becoming possible

I recently preached on the story of the Woman with the haemorrhage in Luke 8. My message was that Jesus can make the impossible possible. It was so for that woman.

She had been hiding in shame and fear for years. She was labelled as ritually unclean. She was shunned, ostracised and unable to take her proper place in society. She had sought help yet her condition remained.

One day things change. She hears about Jesus and the things he does and a flicker of hope stirs within her. She leaves the security of her lonely home. She takes the risk of being recognised. She has to get to Jesus.

 She manages to push her way through a great crowd clustering around him only to be confronted with the barrier of his disciples shielding him. She just manages to stretch out her arm to touch his cloak.

ZIP! ELECTRICITY! POWER!  Who touched me?  Bewildered disciples! Jesus looks at her in amazement. He knew the risks she had taken; how she had been bent double by so-called disease, inadequacy and diminishment.  Not anymore!  

She stood up straight and looked into the face of Jesus. The impossible had become possible for her. It can for you.

 

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 LAST MONTH'S REFLECTION by Tom

 

Anger in God

Julian speaks of there being ‘no anger in God’, however the difference between Julian’s theology and (for example) Calvin is context.

Julian’s theology arises from her personal spiritual direction ministry aimed at helping individuals cope in a context of plague and natural disasters which have driven people to despair (giving rise to the Peasant’s Revolt and its terrible consequences).  God is not angry with those traumatised people who came to her (there is no anger in God).

Calvin’s is political and about establishing order and stability in a world which has been torn apart by the Reformation. His theology is national (even international). In a corporate context of disorder, injustice, vengeful war and oppression God is angry. For Calvinists in his time it was retributive anger. I see it as restorative anger (Volf).  This different take on theology is needed to sustains the faith of those oppressed and persecuted.  There is lots of this in the Psalms (78.38, 85.5, 88. & & 16,  89. 38 & 46).    

Theology arises from context. In the above the first is personal directed to a hurting individual; the second is corporate and political.  It is complicated in addition by the gender issues which further shape the interpretation.

 

 
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