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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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                 AUGUST

Christine and I have just celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary. We have so much to be thank God for, See pictures below and read our BLOG.

I have just reviewed a book on  'Multi-Congregational Ministry'. The writer argues that local congregations and clergy have to move on to new undersandings of shared belonging. Take a look at the REVIEW.

My theological paper entitled 'God's Violent World' triggered a lively discussion both at the superintendents meeting at at a meeting at Sarum College.  I have to do some more thinking on the issue of violence and revise my paper
The best of all possible worlds? 

How about emailing your comments!   mail1@tomstuckey.me.uk
 

  

  
 
       

    HERE ARE SOME OF CHRISTINE'S PAPERS
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   1.  Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne

   2.  MWiB District Celebration

   3.  A Pilgrimage at home      

   
 

        THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION   by Tom

 Christ within

The letter to the Philippians, once described as ‘a document on martydom’, has a theological perspective of ‘cross’ rather than ‘glory’. The letter celebrates the joyful relationship which Paul has with the church because of their partnership in suffering. He makes many references to ‘mind’ (1.7; 2.2; 3;15, 3;19, 4.2). This is not simply an exhortation to be humble but of the necessity of being inhabited by the mind of Christ through sacrificial obedience to him. 

Jesus spoke with authority and not as the scribes (Mk.1.22). The Greek word for authority ‘exousia’ comes from the verb ‘exesti’ which means ‘it is possible’ and ‘it is permitted’. It describes power but has a different take on it. ‘Exousia’ is not about a person’s status, position or authority within a structure, or an ability to coerce, manipulate or control. ‘Exousia’ is a gift of grace centred not on the person but on God who inhabits and exercises ‘possibility’ within that person. Paul had that sort of authority. That was what made him an apostle.

 

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 LAST MONTH'S REFLECTION 

 Memory and Amnesia

In the year that King Uzziah died, the prophet for the first time saw beyond the current political upheaval. It enable him to set current affairs within a vision of the ultimate.

 

The nation had enjoyed 50 years of stability. There had been no king like Uzziah since the reign of Solomon. National pride had been restored and the upheavals of recent years forgotten yet that stability was about to crumble. The great king overreached himself, compromised the holiness of worship and had been struck down with leprosy. He sank into a leper’s grave.

As the prophet was worshipping he was suddenly swept away in a hurricane of sorrow. The nation, like the king was sick from top to toe with uncleanness, injustice, curruption and division. It had leprosy and would become prey for the surrounding nations.

Isaiah experienced the shaking of the foundations of everything he had known. Henceforth the nation would have to live with instability and threat. The rise of a new superpower in the East would make the whole earth tremble.

Isaiah's vision of holiness could no longer be confined by the temple. God's Royal Presence was to inhabit the whole earth. Only his skirts were in the temple.

Smoke and mist arose as they always do when holiness and sin touch each other. A confession is forced from the prophet's lips. ‘I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.’ 

The social and political sin – sin of heart, home and market- have been exposed through the worship and they fall to the ground like rotten leafs beneath the stainless beauty of the seraphs praise.

The words above are drawn from George Adam Smith’s famous Commentary (revised 1931) on the book of Isaiah.

I turned again to this Commentary in the week following the referendum vote. They spoke to me of the sickness of our nation, of how ambition and power can corrupt, how greed and selfishness destroys justice and how public speakers can use words as weapons devoid of truth.

The Isaiah passage offers me an alternative vision for the world but tells me that in and through such a holy God 'all the nations are accounted as dust on the scales'.

 
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