Adrenaline for the Soul

Jonny Baker has reviewed Tom Sines new book and on the basis of the review I will be ordering a copy methinks. Jonny flagged up this quote and I love it, a little adrenalin for faith, soul and discipleship anyone ……..
new conspirators.jpg“when jesus began teaching he made it clear that his new empire would be unlike any empire the world had ever seen. it came on a donkey’s back. it’s imperial council was comprised of a handful of unemployed fishermen, a couple of IRS agents, a prostitute and some hangers on. jesus demonstrated how to wield his imperial power by washing feet, telling stories and playing with kids. jesus’ empire is based on the absurd values that the last should be first, losers are winners, and the most influential in the empire should clean the toilets. members of the empire are instructed to love their enemies, forgive their friends, always give twice as much as people ask of them and never pursue power or position. jesus insisted that those who are part of his empire shouldn’t worry about finances, but simply trust god. the resources to run this empire were basins, towels, and leftover lunches. this empire also developed a reputation for constant partying – almost always with the wrong kind of people”
I really like the idea of “Conspirators” …. Working with young people, I think it’s great word for framing and exploring what discipleship might mean.
Captains log Supplemental: You can download some of the talks, conversations and discussions from The New Conspirators conference here, ht to Darren

I didn’t like looking after the baby

elecbabe.jpgMy 13 year old has difficulty with speech (he has Cerebral Palsy) and so it can take some time to gain a picture of his day. We haven’t got to the bottom of who pushed him over today or why, but as he doesn’t seem bothered by this, I guess it’s ok. What we have learned over the course of the evening though is that over his lunch break he had to look after a baby (an electronic doll if I have understood him correctly). We managed to learn that this was part of PHSE and that he didn’t drop ‘her!’ Any attempts though to garner what understanding, learning or reflections he had gained from the experience were unsuccessful. I was therefore delighted when, as he was going to bed, he thoughtfully stated,

“I didn’t like looking after the baby”

Eager to hear his reflection on parenthood (albeit only a brief simulation) I inquired as to why. His response, “Cos’ I wanted to play football!”

The more we receive

Candle2.gif “The More we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say, but what God says to us and through us. All our words will be useless unless they come from within. Words which do not give the Light of Christ increase the darkness”
Mother Teresa
(quoted in ‘Contemplative Youth Ministry’)

Madeleleine L’Engle

Wandering around Greenbelt I came across a quote by Madeleine L’Engle, which led to searching out some more stuff that she’d written. Here’s some great spiritual toffee to chew on …..
“Those who believe they believe in God but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself”
“We’re afraid to be human because if we’re human we might get hurt”
“We tend to defend vigorously things that in our deepest hearts we are not quite certain about. If we are certain of something we know, it doesn’t need defending.
“Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them”
“We have much to be judged on when he comes, slums and battlefields and insane asylums, but these are the symptoms of our illness and the result of our failures in love.”