Philip Greenslade Reflections
Having originally trained for the Baptist ministry, Philip Greenslade has over 30 years’ experience in Christian ministry.
During the COVID 19 uncertainty Philip has written some reflections which many readers have found inspirational, they are pure balm to the Soul!
The subjects, to date, have been:
JESUS AND SELF ISOLATION
Jesus’ promise: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid…
Paul’s response: ‘So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day…
I’m sure I am not the only one who feels weighed-down by the psychological heaviness of these surreal days we are living through.
Cut-off from our usual human contacts and bombarded with media bad news, we can readily be plagued by ‘fightings within and fears without’.
It is disconcerting, to say the least; depressing at worst. Read more..
JESUS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING Luke 24:13-15
13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
This business of ‘social distancing’ seems odd and unnatural to us, doesn’t it?
Is ‘social distancing’ inhuman, we wonder? Yes, it is. No handshakes, no hugs,
no kisses, no closeness, no-reaffirming touch on arm or shoulder.
Is it un-Christian? How can it not be when ours is so incarnational a Faith.
The apostle John never got over the stunning reality of it all:
which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and
have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— Read more...…..
JESUS AND VE DAY
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:4)
Did you join in celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe) last Friday evening, May the 8th? We did. We wanted to honour that wartime generation for the fortitude that helped secure our freedom. So we strolled down our avenue to savour the mood of the modest, impromptu street parties, under red-white-and-blue bunting stretched across the road.
How much the many owe to the few - then and now. Read more.....
JESUS AND THE ‘R’ FACTOR
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience (Romans 8:18-25 ESV). Read more......
Jesus, ‘Corona’ and Clapping!
Ever since that first Easter rising, new creation-life has been for us ‘the new normal’.
We do not yet see all things in subjection to the ‘human jurisdiction’ God intends, but we do see Jesus crowned with a “glory bright with Eden’s dawn light”.(Hebrews 2:8-9, The Message).
We can truly say: “Nothing has changed; but everything is different.”
The Risenness of Jesus makes all the difference in the world.