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Sunday, April 23, 2006

A Theology of Hope

I have recently subscribed to the Juergen Moltmann discussion group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jurgen_moltmann/

This has refreshed my already strong interest in the work of Moltmann but especially his focus on a theology of hope.

I am in the process of writing about the nature of Christian community and its limitations and possibilities. I want to explore the exclusiveness that arises from Christian community and how local expressions of Christian community can move towards a more truly in-clusive position.

If God is a God of hope and promise then surely there is room to welcome in a diversity of people into the Christian community? Is God's hope narrow or embracing? Both conservatives and liberals need to be sure that there boundaries of community are not governed by their prevailing secular worldview but also there is a need for churches to open their arms as wide as the love, justice and mercy of God allows.

As I read and reflect further on Moltmann and other "radical" theologians I hope to develop some thinking on the nature of Church especially as it relates at a very local level. I would like to see a move away from Church buildings with the "smaller" expression as a home group towards individual Christians seeing their local streets or workplace as their "mission field" and, therefore, as their opportunity to "do" church and seek to bring a wider expression of hope.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Depression

Does depression get depressed?
Do the ups get down?
Does paranioa look around furtively before going to work?

If depression is in remission
Is it suppressed or repressed?
If it comes back is it impressed?
Because I'm not!