I am finding it hard to believe that I am well on the way to completing the SBS course and another one is planned for 2018. I am almost tempted to do it all over again but that would be based on sentimentality so we must move on.
As always, the six lectures stimulate mind and spirit and I love the way that Doctor Hugh presents the various arguments and viewpoints for example on Biblical ethics and sanctity of life and quality of life. We are left to draw or form our own conclusions which is great as it is a lazy mind that just adopts a viewpoint without thinking it through. There is something about our nature that loves someone else to tell us what to believe and give us the “definitive answer”. It’s nothing new -the early Christians quickly formed camps saying “I am of Paul, or “I am of Apollos” or “I follow Cephas”. The apostle Paul said it was the mark of an immature mind set.
So many challenging issues face the church and Christian believer today and just quoting well-worn clichés will not help us to effectively share our faith in contemporary society.
So, I head back to the train and pass the church of St Pancras. In the gardens are two six-metre-tall bronze resin sculptures (please see the pics). One shows a figure partially buried, head first, depicting an alien crashing into earth. The artist David Breuer-Well said it symbolizes the intensity of emotions of Alienation that many feel, based on the feelings of his father and grandfather.
The second is titled Brothers who are joined at the head forming an arch. It’s a symbol of connection, resolution and one mind.
Both sculptures reminded me that in the light of the teaching I had received that day, the church functions in an atmosphere of alienation where traditional beliefs are mocked and seen as dangerous. Only a church that is of “One Mind” that is prepared to meet and form an arch of heart and head unity for others to cross will survive and I believe succeed in these difficult times.