Tuesday, May 12, 2009

church and politics

Last weekend I was reading about how the majority of the Christian church capitulated in Germany as the Nazis took control. Ironic, perhaps, that we then sat in church on Sunday to hear the preacher praise the 'Christian' president.

Obama is clearly not Hitler. But still.


Friday, May 08, 2009

the heart

Last weekend we ventured into a local Baptist church. I was quite different to anything that we've recently experienced - for a start, nobody spoke to us. At all. Which is OK because we didn't really want to have to explain ourselves for the nth time. Just unusual.

Anyway, in a long and rambling sermon, the preacher was talking about where in the body the bible speaks of things happening. For example, whilst we tend to imagine passions and emotions happening in the heart, the bible talks of them happening in the guts and the bowels. Which makes a bit of sense when you think about it, the guts being rather tense in stressful situations and so on.

In contrast, he was saying that the heart is the place where you will things. So you might believe things academically in your brain, you might feel things in your guts, but you are moved by the will of your heart. This is the deepest place of my being which moves me to the extent of affecting the rest of my life.

Which is an interesting reflection in an otherwise rather tedious service.