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, wrote text on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, 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, 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, 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 campaigning against child abuse, harassment conviction/restraining order quashed on appeal, convicted 4 continued blogging 2 stop paedophile, providing bore hole + solar powered water pump 4 Gambian village.

Monday, July 02, 2018

LOVE ISLAND ENCOURAGES THE PURSUIT OF INNER BEAUTY

It becomes clear, when watching Love Island, that all the make up and cosmetic surgery in the world, cannot create the beauty that emanates from personality, nor can create the security in relationship, that is the fruit of being truly loved. Megan reveals this with a certain pathos. She is highly rated by the men for her 'appearance' and uses it to sample numbers of men and tempt them away from their existing partners. She could see this as a success, having spent £25,000 plus on cosmetic surgery and plastering herself with makeup, but in fact she is tormented by insecurity, commenting - "I want someone to love me for who I am and not for what I look like" and saying poignantly to Samira, "I would give anything to have a personality like you have." The tragic element hovers, as those drawn to the flower, having tasted the pollen, begin to lose interest. The men in turn, may offer rippling muscles, as easy bait, and the hint that such provide a doorway to 'perfection'. However it becomes clear, that the most impressive muscular male body on show, is inhabited by a man, Adam, who claims to have slept with 200 plus women, and who has exposed his manipulative, abusive and dishonest methods, working his way through four women already in the house. He exerts his magnetic influence, mesmerising women and drawing them under his spell, only later to discard them, as easily as a McDonald's wrapper. The message, loud and clear, from Love Island, is that behind images of 'perfection' can lie, very flawed, vulnerable and even dangerous people, that one would be foolhardy to emulate and reckless to pursue. The abiding truth, is that the only beauty that can be trusted and that sustains a lasting relationship, is that which is within.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/love-island-ads-fuelling-anxiety-over-body-image-kcgb5tsxj
I AM PROUD OF MY WRITING, FOR JESUS’S SAKE, THAT HAS HAD ME FOUND INNOCENT IN HEAVEN, BUT TWICE A CRIMINAL ON THE EARTH. THE FIRST IN 1990 WHEN I WROTE A BIBLICAL TEXT ON THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT THE BOMBING OF YOUNG IRAQI RECRUITS DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. THE SECOND, IN 2016 WHEN I WROTE ON MY BLOG, TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PAEDOPHILE, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING THE AUTHORITIES TO STOP HIM HAVING ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALMOST A THIRD! IN 1997, WHEN I WAS ARRESTED FOR NAILING MY PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON THE DOOR OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. WORDS ARE POWERFUL MESSAGES THAT CHALLENGE  CORRUPTION, CONFRONT THE WICKED AND CREATE A BETTER WORLD. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CALLED  TO COMMUNICATE HIS WORDS,  IRRESPECTIVE OF THE COST.
"You brave, courageous and wonderful man. To stand up for the truth in the face of suppression and oppression is truly an act of a pure heart."

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