If you look for wrongdoing in yourself or others, you will find it everywhere. It becomes your primary focus and you become a slave to it.
Far better to take the human condition so seriously that we focus as much of our attention as possible on the solution rather than the problem.
Our three carefully chosen phrases, Listen Well, Think Deeply, Live Authentically serve as statements of the shared values each of us seek to demonstrate in our everyday lives. Each statement is both simple and profound.
As the Baptist family I entered over 40 years ago attempts to listen to and converse with each other on questions of sexual identity and marriage, I have been drawn back into a profoundly personal period in my own struggle with God and the bible in hope that there may be a more settled place waiting to be discovered for both me and the strange family that embraced me.
It was a line in Roy’s Advent blog that brought to memory those words addressed by Jesus to Peter at the close of John’s Gospel. It is easy to skim over them simply because they were an accurate prediction of Peter’s final days. But what if they form part of the permanent scriptural record for another reason?
The second Elizabethan era is over. The death of Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of a long and dutiful reign. The country has changed substantially during her reign and her successor, King Charles III takes over at a time of great uncertainty, the monarch of a country that is far from stable.