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Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  November 24th 2019  The last blog

///Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  November 24th 2019  The last blog

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  November 24th 2019  The last blog

Dear Friends, this is the last of my blogs.

I have been writing one a week since Easter 2011 and they are all still here, should you wish to check them out.  But there will be no more.  Applicants to take this space over should send a sample 500-word blog to laypastors@baildonmethodists.org and I would hope for an improvement on what has gone before.

Writing down one’s thoughts is very instructive;  one learns a lot.  I am sure that I have gained more by writing than anyone has gained by reading these blogs.  I have learned that, however much the Bible means to all of us, it contains much unhelpful instruction that we routinely ignore:  instruction (laws) about eating; about clothing; about slaves; how to acquire them, how to treat them, what happens if one becomes pregnant by her master, etc.;  we ignore all these instructions.  Whilst we are aware that Jesus seemed to summarise the whole law in just two commandments about love, and criticised Pharisees for adhering to the Old Testament laws, we nevertheless quote those old laws whenever it suits us to support points of view that we cherish.  So, although we ignore many commandments, we place great store by others.  The Bible has almost nothing to say about life problems that are specifically modern, although much of St Paul’s excellent life-coaching applies quite well to, for instance,  email etiquette and motorway driving, where humility and kindness are sometimes in short supply, and where Christians can set an example.

The real truth about Christianity is that it has rarely been tried out.  It is too challenging.  We have cherry picked aspects of the life of Jesus and ignored much of his direction because we are part of the affluent society and we don’t want to abandon our wealth, just like the rich young ruler.  We would, of course, be very happy to see people richer than us brought down a peg or two but actually, wealth gets in our eyes and prevents us seeing in the mirror.  Jesus spoke more about money than he did about Heaven and Hell combined.  We ignore most of what he said.

So, we must do the best we can within the limitations that our wealth places upon us, recognising that our actions are degrading the planet to the point where it will not sustain human life.  I see no reason to blame God for our predicament, we created it and the future is in our hands.  The Jews thought God would save Israel before the exile to Babylon, and again before the sacking of Jerusalem in 70AD, but it is now the whole planet at risk.  It is hard to avoid this subject and it is a matter of some satisfaction that the environment is a core part of our worship and of our giving these days.

Thank you for reading so far.  This is the end.  I shall see what awaits me around the corner, and what replaces this blog; it will be good to read someone else’s thoughts.  I love you all.  Mervyn

By | 2019-11-14T08:35:18+00:00 November 24th, 2019|Blog, Mervyn Flecknoe Blog Posts|2 Comments

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  1. Rob November 24, 2019 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Whomever takes over the blog should be a believer in Jesus as
    1. God, only God can forgive sins.
    2. Believe in God the father, God the son and, God the Holy Spirit.
    3. Believes the bible is God’s word

    It has been sad to read a blog from a Christian church that has been so often written from a Humanist view point. The bible was written by 40 different authors but fits together perfectly. Even today the bible can be used to instruct our lives as the world goes mad with materialism, homosexual lifestyles and idolatry to name a few. If you step away from the bible, people start to move away from God’s plan for us and how we should live and how we could get to know Jesus as saviour and friend.

    The story of the bible starts in Genesis with the devil trying to corrupt the genes of man to stop the Messiah, Jesus coming. When this fails and Jesus successfully dies for our sin and rises from the dead so we could have everlasting life is the gift from Jesus, all we have to do is believe in Jesus and become his disciple. Jesus has promised he will come back for his people too at the rapture, then will come again at the end of the 7 year tribulation as a conquering King and will then reign upon this earth for a thousand years.
    Because this blog has been written by someone who is not a believer, the confusion spread has been immense with the gospel rarely referred to unless it has come from others making comments.
    The obsession with green issues has made the blog biased so people assume salvation comes from saving the earth. Salvation is through Jesus only, narrow is the way.
    If you are new to the bible read from John’s gospel onwards, it makes a good start for anyone new. Apply it to your life and get to know Jesus as your own personal saviour.

    I for one am not unhappy this blog is stopping because it has confused many and ultimately moved people away from Jesus, it has been the vanity of one man who would have been better to write self help books instead links his ideas to Jesus which has caused much confusion.

    If someone else starts to write a blog and they also move away from the bible in their ideas then I will continue to write in opposition, but if you get a bible believer then I will support the page. Let’s get people to Jesus not turn them away with nonsense.

  2. hotgirl December 2, 2019 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, and the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years.

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