Drinks & Dialogue with the Dranes!
8.00 pm, Wednesday 10 April, Molesey (Venue tba)
For those who have grown up in the Evangelical church, this is an intensely interesting time. Niggling questions that, for many of us, refused to be quelled by the church culture of certainty, are now not only being engaged with seriously but look set to bring about a paradigm shift.
Many Christians are relieved at the conversations taking place about issues such as Christian Universalism, hell, gay sexuality and so on. But for those whose faith has been built on certainties about the pre-requisites of salvation and focused on saving souls from hell, the current debates can also be confusing and destabilizing. Why worry if God has everything in hand? And if we believed the wrong stuff for so long, how can we know if perspectives popularized by the likes of Steve Chalke and Rob Bell are any closer to the truth? What does our faith actually rest on? And if so much of what we once believed has unraveled thus far, how can we know if there will be anything left at the end of all this…?
John Drane is a great person to have around at such times! An academic, theologian, author of best-selling books on the Bible, Introducing the Old Testament and Introducing the New Testament as well as numerous challenging books on culture and spirituality, he is truly radical in every sense of the word… able to go to the very roots of the Christian faith, and also to envisage freeing, creative ways of living it that connect us with, rather than distance us from others. John’s wife, Olive Drane lectures with John in Fuller Seminary, has authored books on creativity and spirituality, and is also very engaged with finding imaginative ways to connect with those on a spiritual journey.
If this evening sounds up your street, please reserve your place with Liz asap. Then come with your thoughts and questions and join us for an edgy, inspirational evening of Drinks and Dialogue with the Dranes!
Coming in October to a bookshop near you – watch out for ‘Fingerprints of Fire, Footprints of Peace: A Spiritual Manifesto from a Jesus Perspective’, by ‘Shalom Activist’ and teacher Noel Moules. Some years back, at a time when many Christians would guardedly preface their changing perspectives on heaven and hell with ‘I’m not a Universalist but…’ I asked Noel if he now saw himself as a Universalist… characteristically, he responded without a moment’s hesitation, ‘Of course!’ Noel’s book bursts with faith and freshness, and comes over every bit as authentic, colourful and passionate as its author.
The topical question of Universalism is included in the book, and so much more besides; from fresh perspectives on the potential of our relationship to ‘wild nature’, to ‘shalom activism’, Noel draws from a wide range of references in his discussions on the radical implications of truly living from a Jesus perspective. Both liberating and deeply challenging, ‘Fingerprints of Fire’ is likely to connect not only with questioning Christians, but also with those who, like Gandhi, may have been impressed with Jesus but turned off by his church. The Amazon ‘look inside’ facility, reveals Pagan and Humanist recommendations for the book, as well as a number from influential Christians. Envisaging Christianity as nothing less than a vibrant, revolutionary way of being in the world, Noel’s book promises to contribute to the spiritual journeys of people of all faiths and none, and ignite a whole new raft of intriguing and energetic conversations.