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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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                        NOVEMBER 2018 


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On Sunday 4th November I am preaching at the 240th Anniversary of Wesley's Chapel, City Road, London.


Wesley's Chapel is a Methodist church in London that was built under the direction of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement. It is now a place of worship and visitor attraction, incorporating the Museum of Methodism in its crypt and John Wesley's House next to the chapel.



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Take a look at the worksheet I produced for the SW area conference of METHODISTS FOR WORLD MISSION. Click HERE
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                                         MY NEW BOOK

                'SINGING THE LORD'S SONG IN A STRANGE LAND'

Can be obtained from:  WESLEY'S CHAPEL, CITY ROAD, LONDON

Christian resources for Life (CRfl), Stoke on Trent.                           Sarum College, Salisbury.         The New Room, Bristol.                                                                Westminster Central Hall.                 Scroll Eaters, Stroud.                                          Keith Jones, Bournemouth.   

    Click HERE for reactions to the  book.     Click the picture to read a sample               

 The normal price of one book plus postage is now 10. 
     Contact me on 
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                          CHRISTINE'S PAPERS
                                    
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     1. 
Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne      4.  Albanian Diary
 
       2.  MWiB District Celebration

     3.  A Pilgrimage at home        5. Pilgrimage poem
 

  

 

THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION   by Tom

            'Descent into Hell'   (from my essay on Holy Saturday)

How does one interpret the references in the Bible to ‘hell’? First there are texts describing hell as a place of torment, a bottomless pit of inextinguishable fire (Mtt.5.29, 10.26, 23.22, Mk.9.47, Lk.12.5). The word used is ‘gehenna’ which refers to burning refuse pit in the valley of Hinnon outside of Jerusalem where rubbish was disposed of. This word for hell is not found in the Old Testament. The lake of fire mentioned only in Revelation 19.20 and 20.10f is the final hell, the place of eternal punishment and unspeakable agony for unrepentant rebels, both angelic and human (Mtt.25.41)

Second there are texts describing it as an abode of the dead (Ps 88.3). Every person who sins falls into the power of death. This realm of the dead is called ‘Tartarus’ (2 Pet.2.4), ‘Hades’ (Rev.1.18) and prison (Jude 6). All living persons eventually go there whether righteous or wicked (Ecc. 9.2-3). ‘Hades’ is the word most frequently used in the New Testament. In Greek mythology it is an underworld where souls go after death. Their original idea was that at the moment of death the soul was separated from the corpse taking on the shape of the former person. It was considered to be the dark counterpart to the brightness of Mount Olympus.

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 LAST MONTH'S REFLECTION by Tom 

                           God and Religion (from 'God in a world of violence)

Karl Barth says religion can be a form of unbelief. Using labels to explain God produces false gods. Thomas Aquinas, realizing this, defined God by what he is not. The result was 60 volumes of theology. The slogan There Is No God— which appeared on some London buses in 2009— was not as negative as some might suppose.

The first Christians were called “atheists” because they did not have the religious paraphernalia of temple, sacrifices, images and priests. The very word ‘God’ suggests an object, something which can be defined and examined. The Old Testament word for ‘God’ as far as grammar is concerned is not a noun but a verb which could translated as ‘I am’ or ‘I will be’, or ‘I am becoming.’

God is a dynamic, transcendent, unknowable mystery. Every attempt to find God is like trying to catch the waves of the sea with a fishing net.  Any claim to do things ‘in the name of God’ steers very close to idolatry.

Does this mean we can say nothing about God?  At the heart of the World’s Great Faiths is the idea of creation and revelation. We cannot find God but he can find us. This is an affirmation which lies at the root of the three great Abrahamic Faiths.
 
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