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 bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.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 and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘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 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

GIVE UP RELIGION AND BUMP INTO GOD

Lent has arrived. Christians will be busy preparing to be holy. Special groups will be studying together carefully prepared Lent course material. Prayer, vigils, penance and daubs of ash will be the rage as the long crawl towards Easter begins.
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.

My suggestion.

Give up religion for Lent. That way, there is a chance you might finally bump into God!


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