Monday, July 14, 2008

UK News Round-up

Stuff not to miss:

Katie Sherrod has a great blog up about her experience of being with +Gene at Putney last night and The Gene Pool has just posted a video of his sermon "Be Not Afraid."

Bishop Tutu is appealing for unity ... while Ian McKellan takes on the church on the issue of homphobia.

But maybe the biggest news was this story about John Lennon's famous "Bigger than Jesus" quote ... a follow up interview from (I think) 28 years ago:

Christians around the world had been dismayed by Lennon's boast in an article in London's Evening Standard about the popularity of the Beatles, but the singer says he was misunderstood. "It's just an expression meaning the Beatles seem to me to have more influence over youth than Christ," he says. "Now I wasn't saying that was a good idea, 'cos I'm one of Christ's biggest fans. And if I can turn the focus on the Beatles on to Christ's message, then that's what we're here to do."

He blames "the hypocrites" for being too "uptight" in reacting to his comments. "If the Beatles get on the side of Christ, which they always were, and let people know that, then maybe the churches won't be full, but there'll be a lot of Christians dancing in the dance halls. Whatever they celebrate, God and Christ, I don't think it matters as long as they're aware of Him and His message."

He acknowledges a strong belief in the power of prayer but says he dislikes all the church trappings. "Community praying is probably very powerful … I'm just against the hypocrisy and the hat-wearing and the socialising and the tea parties."

Wonder what he would have thought of Lambeth Conference?

1 comment:

Jim of L-Town said...

Dear Rev. Russell:

I'm with Paul. Scrap all the trappings. Sell off the silver cups and fancy stained-glass windows.
Many of us who have left are now meeting in homes and rented secular facilities and spending our tithes on mission work.
Leaving behind the buildings and all the money they take to operated (new roofs, utilities, repairs, etc.) has been very liberating.
John has it right. Christ and his disciples met in homes and traveled light. The idea of denomination is a 19th century idea one worth discarding.
Too many pointy hats who are impressed with wearing purple shirts and too few focused on the core mission of Jesus. Love God, Love People and do his work.
I'm glad to hear John was a believer.

A sinner saved by God's Grace

Jim of Michigan