Ski Talks 2

The ski trip loometh and I’m having fun praying, scribbling and thinking about the talks. I’ve put together some stuff on ‘mountains’ for short reflective pieces (based on the comments when I first blogged this) but the talks themselves are still a bit elusive.
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I was struck by the idea of ‘community’ that was also suggested (thanks) and have been reflecting on this and looking at spirituality, new monastacism and culture. I’m wondering about speaking about spiritual disciplines BUT in a way that feels encouraging not loading or guilt-inducing. But how?
I’ve also been playing with the idea of Christianity being counter-intuitive, ‘love your neighbour,’ not being controlled by ‘the flesh’ etc etc. Linked to this I’ve also been reflecting on the conundrums and contradictions of the Christian Faith, eg (thinking out loud here) that Christianity is about surrender and effort, blessing and suffering.
So, what do you think of these ideas?
Can you think of other conundrums and contradictions that are held in tension within the faith?
Have you any useful links?
Thanks, I don’t know what I’d do without you 🙂

4 Replies to “Ski Talks 2”

  1. I’m liking the spiritual disciplines idea. We’ve been reflecting on the rule of life thing recently. The Northumbria community has their rule;
    http://www.northumbriacommunity.org/WhoWeAre/whoweareTheRule2.htm#summary
    though that might not be quite what you’re looking for.
    Why not stick to some real basic spiritual disciplines:
    prayer
    praise
    bible study
    service
    witness
    If it were me I would be girly and have five threads of different colours making up a friendship bracelet for everyone. Or a bead for each or even both!!

  2. This is good for a big debate : http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=dH1QDqUNm1cC
    a book called Faith beyond Reason. I like the passage about the contradiction of looking at the sky and falling down a hole. Appeals to my Buster Keatonesque sense of humour. Alternatively you can build a whole series around Marx brothers quotes but friendship bracelets are always a fall back position !

  3. HONESTY
    There’s one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says, “Yes,” you know he is a crook.
    Groucho Marx
    PRINCIPLES
    Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.
    Groucho Marx
    BELIEF
    Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?
    Groucho Marx

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