If someone reads a lecture and you’re in the audience, you ask yourself why you’re there – you might as well have just read it yourself. But someone delivering a talk with an interest and an enthusiasm, that’s the difference, isn’t it? The audience can tell you’re enthusiastic from the tone of your voice. (Hockney)
From ‘Spring cannot be cancelled’ p220 (Kindle) p240 (HB)
I wonder if preaching is like that…a conversation with the listener. Doesn’t delivery matter as much as content? How you say it says a lot about how much it matters to you. And by implication, how much it should matter to the listener. (AP)
Jesus sent out his disciples in pairs to places where he would go. Where they were greeted with hospitality, there they were to rest. Hospitality of welcome was the key hope. I wonder who would welcome us today – if we arrived with ‘no purse, no bag, no sandals’ – destitute? And who, like this, would we welcome?
1 We cannot make an easy, safe distinction,
all people are our neighbours, none denied;
the voices of all nations heard beside us:
all sisters, brothers, none we should deride.
2 The wall between the peoples has been broken,
in love of God divisions disappear;
as seen in Christ we recognise our neighbours
We greet unusual faces without fear.
3 We celebrate each difference God has given;
each nation, black and white, both straight and gay;
the able and the challenged God has offered
that we might share together, learn and pray.
4 We meet with those who paint a different picture,
who value God in words not yet our own,
in dialogue we offer one another
a vision we could never find alone.
5 This God we seek is greater than each difference,
the source and ground of all variety,
the centre and the soul of all creation
erasing hate with love to set us free.
Andrew Pratt, Words © 2008 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.stainer.co.uk.
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