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Embracing liminality to meet God in an unfamiliar normal

 

An old way of doing things is slipping out of sight, but the new way has not yet come into focus. To help to guide our thinking, Simon Jones of Spurgeon's College offered this reflection for the Autumn 2020 edition of Baptists Together magazine. 

 

Simon shares more in this video:

 

Click here to download this video to share.


For further reflection
  • Go and out and listen to what our neighbours are saying. Have intentional conversations, and try and hear the concerns of our neighbours. Let’s not try to have all the answers, but become better listeners.
  • Tap into the depth of our tradition of being able to address God in lament and grief. As we come out of lockdown there are going to be an awful lot of people who have unresolved grief because of what they have lost - they could have lost relatives, work, jobs, connection with people.
    This Christian tradition has a deep well of language that we could usefully deploy missionally as we emerge from lockdown.
  • Team up with others who want to make the neighbourhoods we live in better places. Can we join them? Can we work alongside them? Can we exchange stories and ways of being. Can we exchange the kind of values we live by in order to make these projects even better? Not by starting our things, but working alongside people who are already doing things, and then seeing where God pops up.

Click here to download a pdf version of Simon Jones's article with these questions to share with your church or small group.

 
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