Archbishop Jonathan Blake
The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com email@example.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married with 5 children.
- Name: Bishop Jonathan Blake
- Location: London, Kent, United Kingdom
Tear gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, worked with Mother Teresa, escaped a murderer, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, 12 yrs an Anglican, slept on the streets, travelled to Auschwitz, Kenya and Pakistan to promote peace, opened the first inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote a biblical text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his office within the CofE to pioneer independent ministry, baptised 1000's in homes, even on Mount Snowdon + in a circus ring, conducted a wedding underwater, published ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did the first gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers for defamation, co-consecrated the first women bishops for England. Wales and Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass to sex workers, posted it too, was elected Archbishop, arrested for taking his kids onto a roof, not charged - they were harnessed, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, conducted the wedding of the star Jade Goody, was invited to Downing Street, published 'That Old Devil Called God Again'.
Friday, March 21, 2014
FG CUTTERS AND CIRCUMCISERS SHOULD FACE JAIL
AYESHA VARDAQ'S IMMORALITY
TALEBAN STRIKE ON 5 STAR KABUL HOTEL
BARONESS HALE POINTS US TO IMBECILIC RELIGION
Thursday, March 20, 2014
RELIGION IS A DISEASE
I met a person who had suffered through their early life and who had lived, as a result, a disturbed and disordered life that had endangered them. Then they 'found Christ'.
The experience of conversion transitioned them from fragmentation into a focused and purposeful existence.
Excellent one might suppose.
I realised on meeting them that they had merely swapped disordered existences. Now they were clutching their bible, speaking about God in every sentence and earnestly praying that they would know and do God's 'perfect will'. It was only God that could have rescued them from their former lives they said and they owed him complete obedience.
An untutored observer and many innocent members of the public may have been enthralled by the confidence with which the person spoke of God's will and presence and may have assumed that they were special and holy, a deeply spiritual person about God's business.
However, under closer scrutiny all the religious devotion was merely a front, a sedative, a dependency akin to heroin or alcohol, that enabled the person to mediate their inner pain and operate a protective mechanism with which they could negotiate life.
You may suggest that this is a fine way to escape from a self harming lifestyle.
They were still self harming, just using God to destroy themselves. They remained pursued and possessed. They knew no peace. They lived a frantic existence always on the look out to evangelise others and draw them in to Christian commitment.
However they had no experience of God.
Their God was a fabricated saviour figure, firmly under their control, subject to their beliefs and their understanding. They had God trussed up in a book, imprisoned in their beliefs, bound and gagged in their preaching and at their every command in their prayers. This God was a distorted effigy of their own egotistical need to escape the hell of their inner chaotic world.
Their God was cruel, divisive, rejecting and angry yet all behind a smiling benevolent face. It was only in repose that the torment and torture of this person's psychological state was apparent.
It was a deeply disturbing encounter because under the guise of loving words and serving God they were busy leading others into hell and knifing those who remained unconvinced with rejection and disdain.
It made me appreciate again that religion is a disease that people often contract when their immune systems are down, when they are at a low ebb, when their lives are a mess and they have few resources left. Others are infected at an early age by their parents, their schools, their culture or their churches. Our society and the world is blighted by this illness, our productivity is reduced, our potential is thwarted and our hopes are dashed.
We must, as a matter of the greatest urgency, find a cure and learn what life can really be like free of religion and ensure our children are inoculated until religion is eradicated forever from our planet.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
THE MARKET PLACE WITHOUT MORALS
PITY TROTTER AND OTTAWAY
L'WREN'S LONG LEGS CARRIED HER FAR FROM HOME
LUCY WINKETT CAN'T TALK UP THE BIBLE
There are many fine literary works that provide us with spiritual illumination and inspiration.
We need though to be honest that the Bible does not come high on the list.
£10,000 FOR A LIFE?
MARTIN AMIS'S SEXUAL REVELATIONS
Monday, March 17, 2014
CHEERS TO GUINNESS
PLACE CREATIONISM IN THE BIN
Did her long term boyfriend not know of the demons with which she battled?
THE SCOURGE OF THE EARTH
Sunday, March 16, 2014
OUR GUANTANAMO SHAME
DON'T JOIN THE ARMED FORCES
OT MASS READING - WISHFUL THINKING SAID TO VLADIMIR PUTIN
Wishful thinking said to Vladimir Putin, ‘Leave your country, your family and your father’s house, for the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name so famous that it will be used as a blessing.
‘I will bless those who bless you:
I will curse those who slight you.
All the tribes of the earth
shall bless themselves by you.’
So Vladimir went as his ego had directed him.'
Friday, March 14, 2014
TRIBUTES TO LORD BALLYEDMOND'S CULTURE OF EXCESS
SAM WELLS SERVES UP A DOLLOP OF AFFECTATION
Thursday, March 13, 2014
HAVING TOO MUCH MONEY IS A DISASTER
THE RICH ENSURE FROST JOINS THEM AT HEAVEN'S DOOR
SAY NO TO RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A GOOD HEARTED POPE CLASHES WITH FOUL CHURCH
KEITH RICHARDS ET AL MAKE A MOCKERY OF US ALL
GLENN FORD - 30 YEARS A SLAVE
Monday, March 10, 2014
RUB OUR NOSES IN LIBYA'S DETRITUS
Friday, March 07, 2014
JESUS, AFTER SALAT, FEARED THE CHRISTIANS WERE COMING TO KILL HIS MUSLIM FAMILY
THE TIMES BACKS MY CALL TO END ENFORCED CLERICAL CELIBACY
THE THIEVING LEGAL PROFESSION
It is the most vulnerable who suffer whenever anyone enters a legal practice, because their bank accounts are emptied. Achieving 'justice' is mostly the preserve of the rich, which renders the system unjust and not fit for purpose. The adversarial nature of litigation where the skill and experience of counsel are bought as weapons by the rich and applied with no regard to veracity or sincerity makes it an area of public life in considerable need of reform.
YOU CAN'T TRUST THE POLICE
It's a dangerous illusion that is mutually threatening. It exposes the police to the great temptation to use their power inappropriately, for their own ends and advantage and to take the law literally into their own hands. It exposes the public to false imprisonment, police violence, botched and corrupt investigation and surveillance tactics, Taser charges and SAP glove attacks, gratuitous handcuffing, intimidation, abuse, strip searches and even death in detention.
The suppurating investigation into Stephen Lawrence's murder has demonstrated amply what Doreen Lawrence now declares, 'YOU CAN'T TRUST THE POLICE'.
CRIMEA - ENGLAND'S NORTHERN IRELAND
Thursday, March 06, 2014
APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION - A POWER GAME BY SCHEMING MEN
THANKS TO THE BROCKMAN FAMILY
BETH WARREN'S VICTORY - JUST ONE WORD
THE POLICE, GOVERNMENT AND JUDICIARY ARE FOUND GUILTY FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
CLEGG'S ANCIENT BELIEFS THAT WILL DROWN US ALL IN BLOOD
JOSEPH OR ANOTHER MAN - JESUS'S DAD
JESUS - NO DIVINE INTERLOPER
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
BASIC LESSON FOR THIEVES - JOIN THE POLICE FIRST
GIVE UP THE CHRISTIAN GOD FOR LENT
SOME OF THE SINS OF JESUS
ANGELA TILBY'S OBJECTIONABLE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
She spoke about Ash Wednesday and death set within the elitist culture that exists around cathedrals, UK Anglicans and Western Christianity.
She suggested that we should counter the fixation on life with salutary dollops of death talk, covering the 'faithful' with ash to connect them with their mortality and provide them with the 'comfort' of knowing all will share the same end game.
Yuk, I felt as I listened.
Rich comfortable Christianity pontificating 'spiritual truths' to the world from the comfort of their advantage, prosperity, health and power.
Wake up Angela et al.
Most of the world need no remedial dollops of death talk - death surrounds them daily, torments and haunts them. They require no ash - they breathe ash daily, it coats their homes and their lives from incinerated buildings and charred bodies.
Further the comfort most find in contemplating death is that they will be rescued from the hell of their present existence. Though when you've been fed a diet of poverty, disease, war and want in life, while gazing at those rich Christians feasting on the other side, death remains the greatest injustice.
Please Radio 4, stop these offensive religious sermonettes from those who have nothing better to do than to spout condescending pap to the majority of the suffering world.
CHARLIE CHAPLAIN SPEAKS TO US TODAY
I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don't hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
"Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed, and brutality. Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow — into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up!" As she rises, Mr. Jaeckel asks Hannah, "Hannah, did you hear that?" The girl silences him with a gesture, saying, "Listen," and turns her face, radiant with joy and hope, toward the sunlight
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
GIVE UP RELIGION AND BUMP INTO GOD
One might ask why? Didn't this happen last year and the one before that. In fact hasn't every religious festival been flogged to death over the years. Has this got anything to do with God. Of course not.
It occupies restless clerics, absorbs the spare time of bored human beings with nothing better to do, gives the unimaginative a sense of purpose and meaning and deceives believers into thinking that they are being that tiny bit more holy and so God will be that tiny bit more pleased with them.
Many will be giving up things during the season. Their modest acts of self sacrifice boost their pride and swell their souls.
True holiness has nothing to do with the above.
Give up religion for Lent. That way, there is a chance you might finally bump into God!
THE VILE POACHING THAT CONDEMNS US ALL
NIGELLA BOOBS A BURSTING
PARENTS MUST GET REAL ABOUT SEX
Monday, March 03, 2014
THE NEW RISE OF FASCISM
SOCIAL SERVICES ACTING TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM CHRISTIANITY
Saturday, March 01, 2014
THE LEGO MOVIE IS A NEW GOSPEL
It begins with the stereotypical old myth trail of a super hero special messiah type figure to come who will save everyone.
It portrays a world where the evil one has manipulated everyone into servile obedience to rules that have removed personal initiative and individual identity.
There is even talk of the mystery great man beyond that holds the ultimate power.
Then the little incognito man stumbles across the holy relic and is hailed as the long awaited saviour. However, he has no such powers and even the likes of Batman and Superman can't come to his and all the other people's aid to overcome the power of the evil.
Even greater catastrophic revelations are to come for the 'ancient one' reveals that he made the story of the myth trail up and there is no super hero to come. They are on their own.
However, the abiding truth to be conveyed is that everyone is special, everyone is unique. It is a great mistake to look for another and to another for the ultimate solution and it merely divests people of their own birthright to contribute their initiative to help save the world.
Further still we go to find that the mystery great man that holds the ultimate power is none other than a misguided Dad who needs his son to challenge him and put him right on a few things.
The morale of the film is strong. Let's debunk religion, messiah figures, saviour figures, even God figures and come of age. The idea of a mighty one that sets us rules to be obeyed is outdated and corrosive of humanity's potential.
We need to realise that each of us is unique, all part of a world team, all with our part to play, all with ideas to hatch, initiatives to pursue and hopes to realise.
Together we can build a better world.
It's a new Gospel.
It's a book for the new modern day Bible.
It's the path of liberation from oppressive religious dictates and Satan masquerading as a God with a long beard on a white cloud making puppets of us all and rendering the glorious creation we are, into a robotic and programmed entity devoid of the spark of mischievous, unpredictable life that drives us ever on to cross new frontiers and discover unimagined possibilities.
The ultimate evil that the bad guy has up his sleeve is glue.
With a spray here and there, he can render the myriad evolutions of creation into a static unchanging lifeless morgue.
Like those who want their God to be the same, yesterday, today and forever. Who want their truth in a book that they can hold, control and possess. That want their world view dictated by another, their destiny set out, their prayers answered, a saviour at the ready and fleets of angels in attendance. That want a mortuary.
No, the film declares.
No to that Satanic God and No to that Satanic Holy Book and No to that Satanic mindset.
As Jesus said, " I have come to bring you life, life in all its abundance."
The Lego Movie picks up where Jesus and so many since have left off. Before it's too late. Jettison the old myth trail. It was all made up long ago to entrap. Leave behind your puppet deities and comic superhero saviours. Discard your sky daddys, superstitious rituals and pointless prayers.
We have a precious, extraordinary world and the amazing chance to imprint it with our being. Life awaits. the door is open. We are all invited guests. It's up to each of us....