By Andrew Rumsey
A suite of brief items designed to be learn at the bus or within the tub, as one might column. every piece takes a wry examine the area and displays at the questions of religion that come up from the typical -- the advertisements slogan, the church jumble sale...Drawing at the parts of scripture, theology and philosophy, unusually Warmed goals to make critical doctrinal issues with a lightness of contact, providing bite-sized morsels to be enjoyably chewed over, within the desire that this can bring about a deeper mirrored image on, and appreciation of, Christian religion.
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Yet he seems to have understood these things far better than he is often given credit for. Paul found in Christ a freedom, not from desire as such, but from desires that lead to death – from those drinks which just increase our thirst. Our bodies and our minds, he urged, should be offered to God so that his will, his desire, might begin to refresh and transform our own. In a similar vein, the founder of the Jesuits, St Ignatius Loyola, offered in his Spiritual Exercises various ‘rules for the discernment of spirits’.
Just imagine her smirking parents, springing along nimbly in front of their wheezing children who, bent double with Gaz stoves and groundsheets, press on, oblivious to the deceit. Picture them uncorking their glee over the dinner table – You’ll never guess what we told our lot … yep … swallowed every word … that’s right, totally wore them out … One hardly dares wonder whether they could resist extending the principle to other areas of their daughter’s life – Not happy tidying your room, love? Better do the whole house and you’ll feel much better … Part of you wants to strap them to a hundredweight pack and deposit them on Dartmoor: the other part wants to buy them a drink.
Breathing – in … and then out. And tonight I want us to meditate briefly on emptiness and fullness. What are you full of, I wonder? What am I full of ? Whatever it is you’re 31 Strangely Warmed full of, can I just encourage you to now become empty. Empty heads, empty lives … that is what we must seek. The world is so ready to fill our minds with all sorts of things that can’t really help – things to do, things to buy – so many worries and cares. But it’s a bit like a … a bath, in a way … We need to turn off the taps and let the water drain away.
Strangely Warmed: Reflections on God, Life and Bric-A-Brac by Andrew Rumsey