Mark Roques hits the wild and wonderful again with his story in response to the casual phrase from his mate "touch wood".
Mark has clearly been learning from an expert. An expert you'll remember who just seemed to tune in to the way of speaking and the concerns of those around him.....think of the banter Jesus had with the Syrophenician woman at the borders of Tyre and Sidon. Mark Roques is schooled in this same playful cut and thrust of conversation.
Intriguing and focused like a laser beam - he listens and responds with compassion and the crystal clear truth of the gospel.
Let's encourage this kind of encounter that touches heart and mind.
Fascinating way of opening up a conversation. G K Chesterton is quoted as saying "when people stop believing in God they don't believe in nothing, the problem is they believe in anything." This is so true of those around us who have rejected or ignored the Christian narrative. What I love about this story/ parable is the way it opens up Tim to what his words and actions suggest he believes, something he actually is not convinced about at all and therefore opens the opportunity to share good news. Great love it.
Mark Roques' pithy article about the Druids deeply challenges our white washed views of British history as well as the unconscious ways that pagan beliefs slip into our conversations. His approach helps us to make sense of the world we live in but, also invites us to joyfully and confidently engage with our neighbours in ways which offer a glimpse of the transforming power of the gospel.
Another cracking article by Mark Roques, with his slightly irreverent approach to talking to our mates about God. Engaging, witty and down to earth, Mark challenges us to think about how we walk in this world as well as encouraging us with practical ways to talk to our friends about what it really means to be a Christian these days.
Mark Roques' piece reminds us that love should be a more potent basis of belief than fear - and fear of inanimate objects of all things . Even as a sceptic , this makes me think more deeply about how superstitions can get in the way.
Brilliant article, so helpful! Thank you....
Great to read Mark Roques' tale of his insightful conversation re saying 'Touch Wood' and the rabbit's foot. He has a real knack of starting where folks are and gently strolling with them down a path towards the good news of Jesus. Thanks very much for posting this up.
Really enjoyed this piece. Well-written, engaging and helpful. More of the same please!
Helpful foundations... political engagement in the way of Jesus
Gareth Davies (via Twitter)
We do sing it all year, but sang it this morning as an Advent Carol.
Sarah Bingham (via Facebook)
I always thought it was about the second, rather than the first coming.
Andrew Jackson (via Facebook)
It's one of my favourites so I'm more than happy to sing it all year!
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