Saturday, March 26, 2011
colour my feelings: how the feelings of Jesus shape the mission of God
Updated: This post continues to grow. The relationship between feelings, colour and the mission of God are being developed further at a talk I am giving, May 13, Friday evening, at Grow and Go 2011.
What colour is
- radical love?
According to Matthew Elliott
“The theologies of the New Testament, as we have seen, do not do a good job in incorporating emotion into their framework. As it is in secular ethics, in New Testament ethics and theology emotion is often belittled, trivialized or ignored.” (Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament 256).
According to adolescent psychologists, Haviland-Jones, Gebelt and Stapley
“We usually think of learning how not to be emotional rather than whether or not emotions are being refined and transformed to mature forms.”
In the last month my home town of Christchurch has been trashed by an earthquake, while Japan has gone radioactive and Libya has become a warzone. In response, I’ve been reading the Gospels, looking for the feelings of Jesus, wondering what I might learn from God who experienced sorrow, crying, radical love, anger, compassion.
And I’ve become more and more intrigued by how the feelings of Jesus shaped his mission, and the implications for how the 21st century church needs to feel, think and act.
Faithful feelings: how the feelings of Jesus shape the mission of God.
Which I will be preaching on tomorrow, Sunday March 27, 6 pm at Adelaide West Uniting. And exploring in more depth a keynote address at Grow and Go weekend, May 13-15, at Uniting College.
Hence my question, what colour is
- radical love?
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