Saturday 25 November 2023

I don't think I'm the strange one

I can usually tell if someone other than me has been hoovering in church. 

They will often put George back in the cupboard in the correct place, but facing into the corner - as if he's in disgrace 😟

I always put him facing outward, so he can see.
 
Doesn't he look happy?

Monday 20 November 2023

A loooooooooong time ago

I was explaining to the children how God has always existed. 
He was there 100 years ago... A thousand years ago... A million... A billion... A trillion...
5 year old: an octillion
7 year old: a googolplex,*
Wasn't expecting that 😆


*Fortunately I did know this was a real number! Didn't know how big, so I've just looked it up. It's 1010100, which means that the mass of the books needed to write the number down would be many times the mass of the visible universe. Fairly large, then.

Wednesday 15 November 2023

Analogies are not (necessarily) heresy

Wrote this aaaages ago - finally got round to finishing and posting.

From time to time, people claim that this analogy or that analogy of the Trinity gives the wrong idea of God, or is even heretical. I'm sure that's sometimes true. But sometimes I think it's just that the people criticising it are trying to make an analogy do more than it's meant to.

For example, take the triangle. People say it's a bad way to explain the Trinity because each member of the Trinity is fully God, whereas each side of a triangle is not a triangle. But, I don't think it's bad, just - like all analogies - incomplete. It would only be a bad analogy if you were saying that a triangle says everything that's to be said about how the Trinity relates - and that's not how analogies work.

A triangle made of coloured lolly sticks. They have Father', 'Son - Jesus', and 'Holy Spirit' written on them.
Craft we made, based on these instructions.
 
I have used the triangle analogy in Sunday school. I'm teaching people who may not yet even know that Jesus is God. So all the analogy is meant to say is that:
  • The trinity is a thing.
  • There is one God, made of three people, (who are all God).
  • They are the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit.
It's true in what it intends to teach - it's not the last word on the subject.

Actually, it's the same with the analogies of Jesus which are used in the Bible. He is variously described as our father, future husband, brother, master, shepherd, a lamb, a vine, a gate, bread, water, light... If you took any of those to extremes you could easily make a heresy. And some of them are mutually contradictory.
 
But the point is that Jesus - who is far more than we could ever understand - is a little bit like all those things (and the context usually makes it clear in what way).

Here's a quote:
We have to think about Christ using ideas and images, but if we put our trust in these symbols, rather than in the One they symbolize, we will be making a big mistake. [...] By using more than one image for God, we remind ourselves that any image we use is only temporary; it must be corrected and relieved by other images. These images serve our minds; they do not save our souls. A fork is not food.
~Michael Ward, The Narnia Code

Wednesday 11 October 2023

A good reminder

"Nothing is wasted
Nothing is wasted
In the hands of our redeemer
Nothing is wasted"
~Jason Gray

Tuesday 10 October 2023

Monday 9 October 2023

Tasty leftovers


Leftover cabbage, fried up with bacon. A few splashes of soy sauce. On granary bread. 

Wasn't sure what it would be like, but definitely worth repeating.

[Edit: also works with broccoli]