How can we ''press on''
and know Jesus more?
#1 Life in the Spirit
Readings: Mark 1:4-11 & Acts 19:1-7
Bryn Rickards (10 January 2021)
#2 Listening to God
Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-20 & John 1:43-51
Bryn Rickards (17 January 2021)
#5 Compassionate Justice
Readings: Mark 1:29-39 & MLK (below)
Nigel Crisp (7 February 2021)
Means and Ends - by Revd Dr Martin Luther King (1967)
If we are to have peace in the world, men and nations must embrace the nonviolent affirmation that ends and means must cohere. One of the great philosophical debates of history has been over the whole question of means and ends. And there have always been those who argued that the end justifies the means, that the means really aren't important. The important thing is to get to the end, you see.
So, if you're seeking to develop a just society, they say, the important thing is to get there, and the means are really unimportant; any means will do so long as they get you there. They may be violent, they may be untruthful means; they may even be unjust means to a just end. There have been those who have argued this throughout history. But we will never have peace in the world until men everywhere recognize that ends are not cut off from means, because the means represent the ideal in the making, and the end in process, and ultimately you can't reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree.
in the final analysis, means and ends must cohere because the end is pre-existent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends.
#6 The High Point
Readings: Mark 9:2-9 & Philippians 3:10-14
Bryn Rickards (14 February 2021)