WHY WE GO TO CHURCH? - TO GET REALIGNED
ALWAYS STUDENTS - REFLECTING ON STOCKI'S 30s - REACHING 60

ALWAYS PREACHING - REFLECTING ON STOCKI'S 20s - AS HE REACHES 60

Ordination

(As I arrive at my 60th Birthday... here is part 3 of a series of 6... as I try to express each decade in as few words as possible...)

 

In my 20s I was always preaching

My mission years

Have pocket Bible, signed by Bono, will travel

To anywhere

And everywhere across Ireland

Preaching

Coffee Bars

Youth Weekends

Christian Unions

Portrush CSSM

Summer camps

Church Campaigns

Finally, ordained as Assistant Minister in First Antrim

Rev

IrREVerent more like!

 

Fanning into flame

The spark gifted

Holding the Bible in one hand

Holding the culture in the other

Referencing Dylan and Springsteen and U2

And later Deacon Blue

Signposting the light from all corners

Ripped jeans

Rock band tee

Ponytail and ear ring

Never in fashion 

But always careful to look as careless as I could

You don’t look like a minister

I try hard not to

But did Jesus have short back and sides

Reaching the last one who wanted to listen

Intriguing them to hear

That they might undo their caricature 

And see a revolutionary Jesus

As relevant and up to date now

Don’t store up treasure on earth

As he was then

Preaching to who I used to be

What I used to need to hear

To Martin Baxter who preaches himself now!

 

And living 10:10 **

In the slipstream

In the viaducts of a twenty-something dream

The concerts

The laughter

The rock star impersonations

China

The Philippines

First trip to London

And falling in love with the Badger

Bob Dylan sings:

“Oh every girl that ever I’ve touched

I did not do it harmfully

And every girl that ever I’ve hurt

I did not do it knowingly” ***

 

Perhaps the preacher especially

Needs grace and forgiveness.

In my 20s I was always preaching.

 

 

*John 10 v 10 - I have come that you might have life and life in all its fulness

** The Badger was a nickname given to Janice - long story!

*** From Bob Dylan’s Restless Farewell

Comments

The Slicer

With the Holy Spirit as Queen of the Slipstream.

Happy 60th to one who has followed the Biblical exhortation not to conform.

May we all find ourselves in the middle of that subverting slipstream.

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