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More Palatable? 

Sunday 28 February 

Robin Gamble talked in respect of David Bowie ‘s life and talent.

It was identified  that there seemed a reluctance for some, Bowie included to move into a solely atheistic mode of life because, a leap of unfaithful is bigger and darker than a leap of faith.
In other words there is often sentiment or strong feeling that while ‘I don’t believe in God, I don’t believe in ‘not God’ more strongly.

We quickly move into a discussion of an idea that we need to be a friend of God. This means being a friend of God rather than bowing before the transcendent.

More palatable?

    

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The Boundary Between Sacred and Profane.

Saturday 27 February

Our Wednesday Lenten speaker, The Rev’d Canon Robin Gamble made many links and associations as he looked at the theme, “Lazarus, is Bowie now with God?”

Robin wove a picture of David Bowie as a chameleon showman, who exercised his art with a sense of spirituality. 

While looking at various lyrics throughout Bowie career the Freddie Mercery memorial event at Wembley enhanced this perspective. Before a crowded stadium Bowie knelt and recited the Lord’s Prayer as the audience were completely silent. In the middle of a concert for his lost friend, a prayer.

Robin talked of Bowie as having career that operated in the unstable boundary between the sacred and profane.

And I thought of the Jesus story and our Christian calling.

  

Patient?

Monday 22 February

To be like Jesus?

A remarkable insight by Robin Gamble in his book ‘Jesus the Evangelist’ is that Jesus was patient in how he valued the unique individual before him.

The unloved or unsuccessful were no different from the holy, the loved or the brilliant. He looked and loved and gave his time and attention.

And you….?

Pigeon-holing.

Saturday 20 February

Who was Jesus?

A concept which is hard to define. 

One of Huddersfield Parish Church books for Lent is “Jesus the Evangelist” by Robin Gamble, who is our speaker this Wednesday (24th February).

Although the book looks to Jesus as a model for the way we live and transmit the Gospel, an opening statement is that it is hard and denying of Jesus to define him. Indeed to pigeon-hole him is to make him smaller, less than he is.

Even to try and describe him is to lessen his humanity, never-mind his divinity.