I’m Johnny Bell and I am the Youth Worker at SRPC. Basically this means that I organise a lot of our youth organisations, meet up with & mentor young people and generally drink lots of coffee.
I’m married to the lovely Andrea, with a two year old energetic lad called Jacob, a beautiful new girl called Amy and a mental Springer Spaniel called Alfie.
If you find my vague musings interesting, challenging or controversial, feel free to leave a comment!
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
I'm just about old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin Wall & the media frenzy which it sparked.
How exciting to see the celebrations in Germany yesterday as this historic event of two decades ago was remembered. Not only did it lead Germany to reunify, but it marked the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Cold War's end. The symbolic act was to reflect how the then Communist governments of Eastern Europe fell one after another.
Mr Obama gave a great speech, but I'll pull him up on this one phrase... "There could be no clearer rebuke of tyranny. There could be no stronger affirmation of freedom," he said of the wall's tearing down.
My minister reminded me last week that there is in fact another demolished wall which greater symbolises the rebuke of tyranny & is a much stronger affirmation of freedom. You can read about it below...
Ephesians 2:13-22 (The Message)
Now because of Christ—dying that death, shedding that blood—you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything.
The Messiah has made things up between us so that we're now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.
Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.