Sunday, October 7, 2007

Power for all

a Jesus thought...
Those who are well have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. (Mark 2:17)

a Godly thought...
Holiness is not an individual matter. It is by being embedded within a community of faith that is expressing likeness to Christ, that we are better able to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. (p79 Webb)

a leading thought...
The person who knows how will always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be the boss. (p33 Maxwell)

a Dave thought...
In the Age this morning...

The church, a strange mix of human and divine invention, holds the tension between that very human understanding and an alternative divine imperative.
In Jesus' world, power is only useful in order to transform another's life for the better — and everyone is given access to that power. The privilege that comes with power is not the capacity to separate oneself from the rest of the world; it's an invitation into the very heart of the world. There's no hierarchy in the gospel, no glamour or prestige in reaching a position of leadership.
We are almost offended, in Holy Week, when the Pope washes the feet of his cardinals to a televised audience of millions; in reality we should expect it. If he's not washing the feet of the people, metaphorically if not literally, every day, then he shouldn't be Pope. The foot-washing isn't meant to be an annual blip in the life of a bishop, pope or moderator — it's a daily expectation. That's the offence of the Christian gospel, and it works against so many of our enculturated instincts that it will never come naturally to us.
There's no end to power, and no end to the people who can hold it. And if I can find a church that lives with that, I'll willingly join their flower roster.

This is an interesting article where Cheryl Lawrie refers to the ordination of women in the Anglican church and that as the church fails to embrace and let women lead it will never be the true church. So as many continue to search for a church where there is power for all and not just us males I thank God for the Salvos when back in the 1800's women were lifted up affirmed and given responsibility which has been the backbone of our movement.

Just a thought.

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