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Monday 14 March 

Then Tom Butler appealed to us not to cherry pick the easy passages of scripture and skate over or ignore the hardest parts of the story.
Do you know the psalm that speaks of genocide and dashing babies to the ground. Is this an account of godly direction or what humanity thought was God’s will?

The Bishop appealed to us to let the enlightened parts of the bible speak to the harder parts. I acknowledge the idea that we shouldn’t filter out the crazy stuff for the crazy gives sense to the sane.

Jesus calls us to the margins of his beloved creation. Not cherry picking the saved, the good or the beautiful. There is and needs to be contrast in our scripture and our relationships.


Sunday 13 March

Where are you in the story? Not just any story mind! The story that contains, and is marbled with, accounts of God’s touch and presence.
Tom Butler, former Bishop of Southwark, began our Lenten lecture by placing us in Christian salvation history. We are coloured by scripture but not encased in scriptural aspic, because we are part of the very essence that makes the story alive then and in the present.

Where are you in the story?