Book Review: ‘The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race’ by Willie James Jennings.

The community formed by and around Christ should be one of strangers brought into intimate communion, a new kind of family. But what has happened to this original vision of the Church?... The Church has moved from being a community of intimacy to a community of strangers, strangers who don’t even recognise one other as fellow Christians. In his book ‘The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race’, Willie James Jennings describes the roots of this ‘distorted relational imagination’.

Rethinking the Liberal Quaker Jesus 4/4

This is the fourth and final part of ‘Rethinking the Liberal Quaker Jesus’, where I critique early liberal Quaker Edward Grubb’s understanding of Jesus. You can find the first part of the series here. F. Jesus the Jew When we reflect on what Jesus means to us today, we need to ask: How does Jesus… Continue reading Rethinking the Liberal Quaker Jesus 4/4

Rethinking the Liberal Quaker Jesus (3/4)

This is part three of four of ‘Rethinking the Liberal Quaker Jesus’, where I critique early liberal Quaker Edward Grubb’s understanding of Jesus. You can find the first part of the series here. D. The Cross as an example of God’s love A central question about Jesus is ‘what did Jesus’ death achieve?’ Grubb offers… Continue reading Rethinking the Liberal Quaker Jesus (3/4)

Rethinking the Liberal Quaker Jesus (1/4)

‘How does Jesus speak to you today?’ (Advices & Queries No.4) Who is Jesus and why does he matter? Who do Quakers in Britain say Jesus is? A more technical way of asking this is: what is a liberal Quaker Christology? In this series of four blog posts, I’ll offer some thoughts to help us… Continue reading Rethinking the Liberal Quaker Jesus (1/4)

What is ‘that-of-God in everyone’?

I suspect you only need to spend a short time with British Quakers before you hear the phrase ‘that of God in every one’. It may take a much longer time before someone tells you what they think it means. In this post I’ll explore how the meaning of this phrase has changed, and what I think it means by way of theologian Jürgen Moltmann and the idea of God’s ‘Shekinah’.

Friends of Jesus Fellowship and Quaker Renewal UK

The Spirit moved in mysterious ways and sent us on a 1,300 mile journey. After much indecision about whether we should go to the Friends of Jesus Fellowship (FoJF) Fall gathering in Ohio, we decided it was too far, too expensive, and just plain unworkable. Resigned to a quiet weekend on the land, we got… Continue reading Friends of Jesus Fellowship and Quaker Renewal UK