Archives April 2009

Sermon, Easter 3, Year B

Text: Luke 24:35-48

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Have you noticed that many of the post-Easter stories about the resurrected Jesus are centred on meals? The disciples recognized Christ in the breaking of the bread at Emmaus, and today Jesus comes among the disciples and shows his risen humanity by eating a piece of broiled fish.

Meals are a very central part of the ministry of Jesus. Some meals get him into trouble: when he chooses to eat with “sinners” and those outside the faith. Other meals are acts of abundance: when Jesus feeds the five thousand by taking what is available and blesses, breaks, and distributes it until and all are fed. His last evening of fellowship with his disciples is focused on a meal, during which he institutes the Lord’s Supper and the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Eating together is a sign of celebration; of relationships being lived out. Most congregations like having meals together because they like being with each other, eating good food. So do families.

There are sacred and holy things that underlie the common meal. We know they are signs of Christ’s risen presence among us. Jesus’ use of the Passover meal to institute the Mass ties the ritual meal (a meal recalling God’s deliverance) with a new relationship with Christ and one another. It becomes the spiritual meal that brings us all to a common table, in relationship with God and with each other. That is why the Mass has become central to our common life as Christians.

Healing is part of the experience of eating with the risen Lord. In the same way that Zaccheus was transformed from money-grabbing tax collector and cheat into a redeemed individual by eating with Christ, so our healing masses speak of being fed, of being healed. “There is nothing that a nice tin of Tomato Soup can’t cure” my Grandma Ross used to say, and all through my childhood, the comfort of food, shared with those who love us, warmed and healed. We take the healing seriously here, and believe that by the actions of laying hands, anointing with oil and becoming one with Christ at this altar has the power to transform: to warm, to heal.

Righteousness is also part of the meal experience: “righteousness” meaning right relationships based on the just treatment of all people. One fundamental difference between our world and that of the early church is that the early church existed in a world with a clearly defined ruling class and a subjugated class. So there were people with whom you ate, and people with whom you did not eat: Slaves, the disreputable, the poor, Samaritans, and gentiles were kept separate from those of wealth and privilege. Jesus re-wrote the rules by associating with and eating with people of all categories; they were all God’s people to him.

It is so easy in a Church to become insular, and to look inwards, rather than as the Gospel calls us to look out and to reach out to those around us. Church should not and cannot if it is true to the Gospel be composed of “people like us”. I read with some shock this week of an American Church setting up inside one of those “gated communities” where you can only get into that Church if a resident of the community escorts you in and signs to vouch for you – where is the Gospel in that, I ask you?  The Church is not some cosy social club which excludes and separates and looks with suspicion on the strange, the dysfunctional, the unloved and the unlovable, but rather a banquet of welcome where everyone in their loveliness, their strangeness, their unconventionality and their repulsiveness are welcome to eat with the Christ who bids them come. We strive to extend that welcome, for it is by our hospitality that we will be known, and we will conform to the shape of Christ.

Finally, the meal becomes a source of our hope. The mass proclaims the death and resurrection of our Saviour, and with each Mass comes a new hope and a new beginning. At the centre of the Resurrection is the meal of celebration: bread and wine transformed into body and blood. Christians understand other meals in relationship to the Eucharist, and when they include all who are hungry or thirsty, they are a foretaste of that heavenly banquet where we will one day feast with him in paradise.

The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Come and be a part of that, my dear friends…

Amen


The Mother of All Funk Chords

The Greenbelt lineup is taking shape, and I am pleased as anything to know that Rob Bell will be speaking. How cool is that?

I was led to a site by mashup artist Kutiman and his fabulous work with YouTube videos. How cool is that?

UPDATE

Nathan from Greenbelt has kindly contacted me to say that their system tends to log any former blurbs over new ones (very conservative, very ChurchofEngland 🙂 ) and he updated our entry to the newer, simpler Blesséd blurb which can be found here. I am really grateful to him for this and look forward to making our contribution in the New Forms Venue (11pm, Saturday Night) and sometime in the Youth Programme. Both will be Mass, both will be typically Blesséd, that I promise you.

I was saddened however to see that last year’s blurb about blesséd was up – was this year’s too subversive?

This is what I wanted to say:

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Blesséd, based on the South Coast of England, has been exploring the missional possibilities of the sacramental life since 2002. Notorious for its wildly inclusive, rabidly AngloCatholic perspective, Blesséd continues to be an itch in an unpopular place in the Church of England: upsetting and offending some, challenging many and venturing into new territory whilst calling the Church back to its core being – an encounter with God through Eucharist, Oil, Penitence and Grace which transcends denominational labels, static liturgy and utilises all of God’s creation in a multimedia engagement with the Divine.

No picture either 🙁 Wonder if they have lost it.


"It's all about me, Jesus, it's all about me…"

When worship tips over into the self-indulgent, when the heart of worship is lost in a babble of entertainship (and wonder why Matt Redman was drawn to write a song about that, coming from the culture that he does), there is much to be said for just stopping and shutting up and letting God in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD50N4DZ96c


Funeral Sermon: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Funerals are, quite naturally, sad occasions. We come together this morning to close the earthly life of X and to commend her to the love of God. It is a sad occasion for all those who knew her as Wife, as Mother, as Grandmother, Great Grandmother even, and also as friend.

A sad occasion, yes, but it is a sadness should be contrasted with the hope that Saint Paul spoke of so very vividly in that letter we have just heard. It is a powerful hope for all of us, whether we actively proclaim our Christian faith, or whether faith is a private matter, kept to oneself.

St Paul speaks of the great hope for the resurrection, when in the last days we will join with the departed in the greatest party of all with the whole company of heaven. Today, we should therefore look back on X’s life with a smile and in fond remembrance of a life fully lived and a life fully enjoyed and should also look forward to the glorious resurrection which is the right of all who believe in the promises of Christ

In this earthly life, I understand that X was … [personal details omitted

I am sure we all have our own precious memories of X, which we will treasure for ever. But we must be clear of this, although X is no longer here on earth, her our relationship with them is not ended, for death is not the end of, but merely a change in relationship. It is a change in perspective which we on this earth find difficult to perceive, but Oh yes, the departed remain with us, in our love, in our memories and in the prayers of those of us left here on earth.

Saint Paul encouraged the people of Thessalonika with his words and tells us today that although we might wish to cling to the earthly body, it is not that what makes us, us. Our true nature, that which glorifies God and exemplifies the wonder of our creation is that which is imperishable. When we hold the promise of Christ, the frail body of this earth is transformed into the glorious body of the resurrection, and the illnesses which affected X in the past few years of her life have been transcended, and X is fully restored, full reunited with all who have gone before her. Death comes to us all, but as we hear, it is nothing to be feared: for Christ shows each and every one of us his promise. Through Christ’s death for us, through his overcoming of death in the triumph of the resurrection, Jesus Christ has taken something to be sad about, and has given us true comfort.

“Therefore”, as the apostle tells us, “encourage one another with these words”

Death is nothing to be feared, either for ourselves or for those whom we love; for we have seen death overcome in the triumph of the resurrection, and it is with this in mind that we gather to assist X on the next stage of her life’s journey.

Amen


Sermon: Easter 2, Year B

thomas_caravaggioText: John 20:19-31

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

We’re at that time of year again. Easter Day is past and once more we’re reading about our patron Saint: Thomas, who evidently just can’t believe Jesus has been raised from the dead.

But don’t we love this story? We love Thomas. We feel, I suppose a connection with him and not just because his ikon sits amongst us, and our Church is dedicated to him.

We love to chuckle indulgently over his lack of faith, because we certainly don’t have trouble believing. In the minds of many he is Doubting Thomas, and thats become so much of a cliché that we can hardly believe Thomas is capable of anything except doubting.

This story seems so simple. Thomas wasn’t there when Christ appeared to the apostles the first time – and when he heard about that, he simply beyond his understanding, and he reacts as so many of us in this scientific, quantative, objective 21st Century do when confronted by the mystery that is the at the heart of God. He declares “I won’t believe until I see it for myself,” and so in his next resurrection appearance, the Lord calls his bluff.

We could say, “End of story”; but of course, it’s not.

There is a whole lot more to this Scripture than a simple story of doubting  and then believing. To begin with, it isn’t all that simple – and yes, this story also says something about us. Like Thomas, we too are part of a community built on faith.

So, let’s take a look again at what this story is all about.

The apostles are gathered in a room on the first day of the week – the same as they had done when Jesus was with them. Jesus suddenly appears among them. He breathes on them, imparting to them the life of the Spirit: the Rauch, the essence of life and of God, that moved over the waters in Genesis and was the Word before all things.

But for some reason, Thomas wasn’t there. He only hears about what happened, and he simply can’t believe.

The following week, the apostles, including Thomas this time, were in the room when Jesus again appeared among them. Jesus offered Thomas the chance to touch his hands and his side, but Thomas doesn’t seem to need to do that. Instead he offers Jesus his profound profession of faith: “My Lord and my God.” – A phrase which I am drawn to utter each time I lift the Blesséd Sacrament in the middle of the Eucharist – “My Lord, and My God” – the words of our patron and what should be for all of us here, the declaration at the heart of our life here in this community: “My Lord and My God”

Christ appears each time within the assembled community. He doesn’t appear to Thomas alone. But he also doesn’t appear to Thomas in the group to embarrass him. Christ is present among the group because it is within the community of faith that they could continue learning about him, supporting each other, and being effective witnesses to the life of faith Jesus offers them.

In the final verses of today’s gospe, Christ tells the disciples that many would come after them who would not have the same experience of him that they did. No one would again walk and talk with him as the disciples had; and yet, these others would also come to believe. John the Evangelist later his gospel was written expressly so that others may come to believe in Jesus as the Messiah and that through believing would have life in his name.

So, in one sense, Jesus was offering Thomas a chance to experience seeing him risen from the dead the same way the other disciples had. In doing that, Jesus also further strengthened the faith of that particular gathered community.

In another sense, Jesus is strengthening us all. We, too, are a gathered community – getting together at the beginning of the week (and throughout the rest of the week) in very much the same way the apostles did. They gathered to share their real life experience of knowing Jesus and working with him.

The apostles remembered him saying, “Do this in remembrance of me.” We gather to share in that story. For us, it is a remembrance of the story handed down to us, but unlike many of the family stories we tell, this is not just a remembrance – we continue to share in the presence of Jesus through the Mass, in his sacred body and his most precious blood. How that happens is a mystery, but in that mystery lies the powerful sense of belonging that draws us back here each week. There are some mysteries, which are to be pondered, not resolved.

As Anglicans, we do believe that we are loved by the God who made us, and it is this love which is made plain in the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary. Thomas was transformed by his encounter with the sacred in that upper room, and you my friends have the opportunity to be transformed when Christ comes here, at this very altar.

When in our humanness we give in to doubt, we are not cut off from the love or strength of God; we’re offered the same chance as Thomas to experience the reality of God’s love. In this community of faith, we are always accepted at God’s altar and in the company of our fellow believers or our fellow doubters. We’re all in this together.

So, maybe we should stop labeling Thomas as “doubting Thomas” and be grateful to him for showing us that it’s OK to question and that it’s perfectly normal to have doubts. It is perfectly fine to be transformed as he was transformed.

Christ says to all of us, “Blest are those who have not seen, but believe.”

Amen


Dave hits the spot

I once wrote an article in which I suggested that Spring Harvest had moved from the radical to the vanilla and is now so much a part of the norm that it fails to challenge properly. Even after reducing the comment to “Christian festivals in holiday camps”, the Evangelical DYO editing the book was not brave enough to include the comment. The Editor of the new book (which I hope will interest you) took that (second draft) paragraph without a twitch.

The more I reflect on it, the more true I consider it to be. Sometimes we have to come together as the people of God, to hear his holy word, dwell on his Scriptures, feed on his holy sacraments and simply be silent in the awesome presence of God. No amount of flag waving and jumping up and down (the danger of band worship – worship of the band, not with the band) should interfere with the tremendous story that has been recounted this weekend. Thank you, Dave Walker; on the money once more!


Chinese Tea Instructions – now is that clear?

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I have a copy of “The Passion of the Christ” from China for which the English subtitles are so badly translated that it renders the film unusable apart from image grabbing. Emma returned late on Saturday night from an amazing trip to China with her school – it clearly has been a life-changing experience and one which she fully embraced. She returns addicted to Chinese Tea (which I also love) and brought home the above packet.

Do you think they used BabelFish to get this?

Blue high official select for use Oolong tea, American ginseng refined succeeding with modern craft. Particle its size even, color and luster present sand to be getting green, fragrance extremely, is it is it steep, is it put to able to bear to wash to able to bear, the millet paste is clarified to flow clearly tomorrow, will assail the nostrils fragrantly, flavour is mellow, tooth cheek flow fragrant after drinking, contain trace element that human body need, modern ideal health care good merchantable brand


Those Blesséd Lent Meditations in full

Date Text
24/02/2009 Introduction Blesséd->Thank you for subscribing to Blesséd’s text meditations over Lent. They start tomorrow
25/02/2009 Ash Weds Blesséd->Today the ash on your head is a reminder for you not others. Wear yr penitence inside & yr absolution on the outside. Micah 6:8

Blesséd->each day u can chk the website 4 more. Today is www.blessed.org.uk/res/250209.html where the page is ddmmyy.html Check daily.

26/02/2009 Blesséd->Frantic race 4 school? Stuck in traffic? In this busyness God has time 4 you. Make time 4 him. www.blessed.org.uk/res/260209.html
27/02/2009 Blesséd->Lent is not about what u give up, but about what u take up. Are u off chocolate 2 diet? Do God’s will instead. http://tr.im/gPGU
28/02/2009 Blesséd->Ps 34:8 As you taste your coffee/tea/beer/juice today savour the sweet goodness of the Lord’s favour.
01/03/2009 Lent 1 Blesséd->Mark 1:12-15 Jesus was tempted but chose not to sin. You too are tempted. Resist the temptations of an easy life and seek to follow God’s path
02/03/2009 Blesséd-> As you walk down the road today, look into the eyes of those coming the other way. See the face of Christ in them and pray they see His face in yours.
03/03/2009 Blesséd-> Lent is not about what you give up, but about what you take up. Take up the stairs & give up the lift today.
04/03/2009 Blesséd->If you would send an SMS/text today, write it on a postcard and mail it. It’s a personal touch that can make a difference.
05/03/2009 Blesséd->Psalm 130:1-2 ‘From the depths I call to you, YHWH…’ Draw deep into this Psalm and look for the daybreak of hope.
06/03/2009 Blesséd->Is 42:6-7 What is captve in yr life? what cn’t u see? What keeps u prisner? God is yr advcate and will free u, if u rlly want it.
07/03/2009 Blesséd->Pray. Hope. Don’t Worry. (St. Pio of Pietrelcina) http://tr.im/h6Ok
08/03/2009 Lent 2 Blesséd->Mark 9:2-10 Xt is trnsfgrd &is rvld as he trly is.U r trnsfrmd by yr life in Xt. Be trnsfgrd &thru yr care of othrs, trnsfgre thm.
09/03/2009 Blesséd->Take a stone in your hand. Examine it all around. It has been shaped by time, tide, earth and wind. It is wonderfully made, as are you.
10/03/2009 Blesséd->Go outside this evening and watch the sunset. You are as assured of God’s love as we are assured of the next sunrise. Is 45:6
11/03/2009 Blesséd->Habakkuk 2:2-3 We try and outpace God; set our own agenda. In God’s good time it will happen. Be patient. Rest. Hope.
12/03/2009 Blesséd->Guilt is the most corrosive of human emotions. It seeks to undermine us, and get between us and God. Christ frees you from guilt.
13/03/2009 Blesséd->Light a candle. The flame reaches up to heaven, just like your prayer. The light shines in the darkness.
14/03/2009 Blesséd->Tip out the salt shaker into your hand. The many grains are as numerous as God’s blessings on you. Don’t count them, feel them.
15/03/2009 Lent 3 Blesséd->John 2:13-25. Sometimes it is right to get angry about what is not right in this world. Jesus did this in the temple. What fires you up to make a change in this world?
16/03/2009 Blesséd->Buy something fairly traded today, and give it to someone who looks like they might benefit from it. Share the love.
17/03/2009 Blesséd->There is more to Patrick than shamrocks and Guinness. He was a visionary and a missionary. Can you, will you follow that? Like Patrick, with God’s help you can.
18/03/2009 Blesséd->The best give you can give someone today is your smile. Christ has no hands but yours, no feet but yours and no smile but yours…
19/03/2009 Blesséd->Today the Church celebrates Joseph, husband of Blesséd Mary. A true Father’s day. Take time to thank those who have been a father to you, directly or in prayer; and the heavenly Father of us all.
20/03/2009 Blesséd->Trust Him when dark doubts assail you, Trust Him when your strength is small, Trust Him when to simply trust Him seems the hardest thing of all.
21/03/2009 Blesséd->If Christ washed the feet of his disciples, who will you let touch your feet? Does your self-doubt prevent you from letting him caress you?
22/03/2009 Lent 4

Mothering Sunday

Blesséd->John 3:14-21. Not to condemn the world but so that through him the world might be saved. In a small way, you can bring a small part of the world closer to God. Pray to be shown what that might be.
23/03/2009 Blesséd->Do nothing monday.Spend just 5 minutes in quiet. No radio.No Facebook No phone.Close your eyes.Nothing is more important than God.
24/03/2009 Blesséd->Holy God, Holy & Strong, Holy & Immortal, have mercy upon us.
25/03/2009 Annunciation Blesséd->Hl Mry,fl/grce,the Ld is wth u.Blsd r u amng wmn & blsd is frt/yr wmb, Js. Too much to say in 140 characters http://tr.im/hM27
26/03/2009 Children’s Pilg Blesséd->Call someone today whom you haven’t spoken with for some time. Hear their voice, make that connection. Reach out as Christ reaches out to you.
27/03/2009 Children’s Pilg Blesséd-> Today the Children gather at the Shrine OLW. They pray for you this Lent. Pray for them and their pilgrimage. www.blessed.org.uk/res/270309.html
28/03/2009 Children’s Pilg Blesséd->Seek to be reconciled. Make your confession to God and make amends with your neighbour.
29/03/2009 Lent 5

Children’s Pilg

Blesséd->John 12:20-30 Someone like the Greeks seeking Jesus will come to you. Philip did not tell, but showed them. Is there someone you are called to show to Jesus. Less words, more action.
30/03/2009 Blesséd->Psalm 136. ‘Give thanks to the Lord…’ Exault the Lord, Sing his praise. Your heart leaps in worship towards God.
31/03/2009 Blesséd->Draw the curtains.Light a candle.Sit on opposite side of room.Jesus shines in your darkness.Light of the world. http://tr.im/i1uI
01/04/2009 Blesséd->God loves you. No joke.
02/04/2009 Blesséd->In a quiet place, pause and listen to your breathing. You sound unique. You sound special. You are special.
03/04/2009 Blesséd-> “This is my body… this is my blood”. Jesus meant it. Bread & wine are transformed, just as you are transformed.
04/04/2009 Blesséd->Lazarus is raised from the dead as a foretaste our own resurrection. Now is not the time for tears, now is the time to live life.

Blesséd Palm Sunday worship tomorrow night. 730pm at St.Thomas, Elson. All Welcome.

05/04/2009 Palm Sunday Blesséd->Mark 14:1-15:47 The Passion. Imagine you are there in the crowd. What do you see, fear, think, sense? Think of the Stations of the Cross. Walk the Via Dolorosa

www.blessed.org.uk/res/050409.html

06/04/2009 Blesséd->The tmple revrbrtes with Christ’s teachng.If the pple cldn’t aclaim him,the stones wld cry out.Silnt praise is not enough:be vocal.
07/04/2009 Blesséd->The power of Christ is not the power of the state. The wisdom of God appears like folly to the unbelieving. The last great countercultural act is to follow Christ,
08/04/2009 Blesséd->Psalm 148. The disciples have no inkling of what is to come. They praise God with all their might. In the depths of despair, there is always something to spot the glory of God in.
09/04/2009 Maundy Thurs Blesséd->John 13:1-15 Jesus washes your feet. The job of the lowliest slave done by the King of All. Go and do likewise. Who can you serve today? Phil 2:5-11

Blesséd->Light a candle in the darkness and watch and wait in Gethsemene with Christ. Be still. Pray. Hope. Don’t worry.

10/04/2009 Good Friday Blesséd->1st Hour: Take off your shoes & walk on a path. Feel the cold and the sharpness of the stones. Sense the long path your Saviour took. Walk the way of sorrows. Isaiah 53:3-5

Blesséd->2nd Hour: Be silent now for as much of an hour as you can. Put your phone off and leave it be. The Lord hangs on rough wood. It is time for quiet prayer at the foot of the cross.

Blesséd->3rd Hour: John 19:30:’It is complete’ is not a cry of defeat, an admission of failure. It is what was written on an IOU. The debt is triumphantly paid off, the burden is lifted. The Cross is VICTORY and not defeat. Sin is conquered. http://tr.im/ixdB

11/04/2009 Holy Sat

Watching & Waiting

Blesséd->We watch & wait for the dawn. When we are in the depths of despair, and are unsure of our next move, just like the disciples, we watch & wait. Hold on. Dawn is coming. Ephesians 6:18
12/04/2009 Easter Day

Surrexit Alleluia!

Blesséd->John 20:1-18 Surrexit Alleluia! Christ is risen! A new dawn has come! With Christ’s new life comes your new life. Now get out and make a difference!

Blesséd->Thank you for journeying with. Prayers & Blessings from Blesséd. Text your feedback.>ENDS

Anyone who has an unlimited phone tarrif can offer this sort of meditation, using a simple and cheap PC program such as QuickerSMS (there are others for other phones, but this one uses some special features of the Blackberry). Have a go. You know you can.


Bless̩d Lenten Journey Рcompleted

Since Ash Wednesday I have been texting a bunch of anonymous phone numbers some reflections during Lent. Each day, usually early in the morning, Blesséd has been clogging inboxes with small bits of scripture, ritual, encouragement and Christ-focused cajoling.

Obviously, it finished this morning, and so I asked for some feedback. People have been encouraging me throughout Lent in this, but here are some of the comments (suitably anonymised):

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There have been lots more as well, all encouraging. I know many people have followed it directly (I had to put a cap on at 100 subscribers as ‘unlimited texts’ actually means 3000 texts a month which makes 100 people per month), many have had it re-posted onwards and many have followed it via Twitter. It all sounds so successful.

And yet, so few people came to the last Blesséd, so little engagement from the young people I spend so much time and effort over, I am constantly reminded of our vulnerability and the fragility of ministry. I say this because I think that we are better, Blesséd is better, the parish is better when it is aware of its weakness and therefore turns to Christ for support. Only by reliance on Christ can we become more Christ-like and less seduced by our technology, by our numbers or by our riches (which is good, because we don’t have any).

Someone read my Tweet about the Communion Wine at the Chrism Mass (tasting notes: Yeuch!) and thought it ‘highly offensive’ as though I was criticising the Precious Blood itself (!) If ever there was a wrong end of the stick to be grabbed, this was it; but it further depresses me that some might think that, that all I have preached, or the ministry I have striven to offer is anything less than the full and complete catholic faith of the Church of England. Oh well, you can’t win them all. Indeed, you can’t win any of them.

The Lent, Holy Week and Easter at St. Thomas the Apostle has been wonderful, the people for the most part responding well and taking a full and complete part in the worship and witness this Triduum. Good things have happened, many have been drawn closer to the life of the Church and a life lived in faith (one person came to everything this Triduum and I think got a lot out of it): enquiries of faith, and seeking of discipleship. Bless̩d was good. I must not let the demon of self-criticism pray on me Рthere is always more I can do, but I pray that what we have done has been pleasing to the Lord.


Jesus Camp – a film guarenteed to make me angry and upset

jesuscamphttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486358/

I had heard of this film a year or so ago, but a recent post by the InternetMonk made me seek it out, and oh, how much is this film annoys me. It is a beautifully shot documentary, sitting alongside For the Bible Tells Me So revealing the underbelly of Right Wing ‘Faith’, but this is more about Politics than Faith, and the Jesus they speak so passionately about is so unlike the Christ of Scripture.

The most worrying parts are where th’e evangelist’ whips the kids up “right we’re going to speak in tongues now – sha la la la etc.” as if you can turn it on like a tap! No, no, no, no... the Holy Spirit isn’t on demand like Broadband!

In another exchange she asks “hands up if you think God can do anything” – and kids put their hands up, we see a ‘Mom’ raise the hand of her toddler and then turn and force up the hand of her slightly older 6 year old

The documentary covers the whole home-schooling, biblical literalist, God-is-an-American political animal. {shiver}.

God help us all.

For all those who are passionate about youth ministry, about the spirituality of young people, about evangelising the world, this is scary stuff and so unlike the Jesus that loves, saves, dies and is resurrected. This Holy Saturday, and in the light of this film which I urge you to get hold of and see, just because it will annoy you as much as it does me, we pray: Lord have mercy