The Inside Column 19/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 19, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.

If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

I hope everyone had a good time over the school holidays and there was some special time with your children or grandchildren.

What can be said about Synod? There were some good bits and some other bits! One of the highlights was the Synod dinner on Friday night; it was run like a salt and light evening. What is salt and light? A guy called Spanky Moore run the young adults’ ministry in Christchurch, and he run these salt and light evenings every month. The evenings are set up like a coffee shop, with good food and drink. There will be several different speakers giving short talks with movie clips and music and a whole lot of fun. The whole point of this is to engage with younger people where they are at.

This was also what Bishop Richard was saying in his talk. What are we willing to do to engage not just the young but all those that are lost to the church. The other words that came out of Synod was we need to be intentional about what we do and what we don’t do, and this comes down to having a clear vision for our churches.

The church fair is only a couple of week’s away – fun, fun, fun! Have you sighed up to help on the day? There is still time for you to bring in your White Elephant stuff, old books, home baking. The church fair is not just a way for the church to make some money, but it is also a chance for us to meet people from our  community and to put a face to the church building. I ask that we all pray for the church fair that it will be a successful day, that we will be able to have some faith discussions with the people that come and that we might be able to bless our community.

Today we will be looking at a couple of the Judges in the book of Judges. In Joshua, Israel was faithful to God and stood unified around the single figure of Joshua. As a result of allowing God to lead them they were successful and settled into the land with a minimum of major battles, summarised by the statement “the land had rest from war” (Joshua 11:23, 14:15; 21:44, etc.).

The book of Judges presents quite a different picture of Israel.  As the book opens, the tribes are not at all unified, are barely holding onto small pieces of land independently of other tribes, and are continually at risk from surrounding people. The problems Israel had in securing the land were directly related to their ongoing love affair with Ba’al worship. Judges portrays the devastating effects of disobedience to God, especially in adding the worship of Ba‘al to their worship of Yahweh. They had one God for  crises and another god for everyday life. This is summarized by the concluding statement in the book (21:25): “all the people did what was right in their own eyes.”

 

God bless

Phil

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