Hermeneutics - how we know what something means - is a subject that gave me a lot of frustration at Bible college, and continues to plague me. Hermeneutics classes generated far more heat than light; I came away at the end of the course not with answers but with a better class of questions. You go around and around in circles: How are we supposed to read the Bible, and who says? How do we determine the interpretation of a difficult verse, and who has the final say? Read more about Warning: Hermeneutics may cause World War III
I came across an idea when I was at mission HQ which seems enticing; that Christian witness should not just transform lives but have a transformative effect on society as a whole. Crime rates would fall, marriages would stay together, education would improve, all because there were active Christians witnessing in the area. It’s a good idea, but with the new nenkan coming out, I decided to do a little bit of thinking. Read more about Transformational Evangelism
Here's a fun news article:
Well, of last year, really. But it's something that I keep getting drawn back to. Martin and Hazel are doing great stuff in Argentina, and thinking hard too. This is a part of one of their blog posts that really spoke to me:
Since we're still using steam-powered televisions here in Wales, I only just caught the End of Days episode of Torchwood.
H asked this morning what my New Year's resolutions were. I said something about getting more fresh air - I was careful to word it that way instead of committing myself to “exercise”… - but I have another one that I didn't mention because I wasn't sure about it, and it's going to be difficult. But what's life without challenge and accountability: My New Year's resolution, aside from getting more fresh air, is to stop disparaging other Christians in blog posts.
Right at the start of this Gospel, we have a challenge. Why are we reading this? What do we expect to “get out'' of reading the Bible? Should we expect to get anything out of it?
When I was at Bible college, we did an essay for the leadership course on “transformational and transactional leadership in the life of Jesus”. To define those terms a bit, transactional leadership is leadership which sets conditions and rewards to get a goal done. Tell the men that if build this ship for you, you will pay them. Transformational leadership is that which inspires a team to want what you want. Teach the men, as Saint-Exupery put it, “to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” In transformational leadership, the team is the real end product; even if you don't build the ship, you may well have built the men.