this is a photo i took years ago in the wonderful city of melbourne. it's always amused me that when i have shown it half the people assume jesus christ is a stencil artist and the other half that he is cleaning the place up! looks like a stencil artist to me i have to say...
john taylor calls him the great disturber which i think is hard to argue with. i was speaking at st mary's church last weekend on a couple of stories of social distancing in luke's gospel of healing a leper and a paralysed man. one of the things i was reflecting on was how jesus messed with the dirt boundaries of what is clean and unclean, sacred and profane, who is in and who is out to reconfigure the world as an order of embrace. the religious powers certainly found this pretty disturbing. as we head into advent i thought an image of jesus as the great disturber would be fitting.
these quotes are from john taylor in the book cathy ross and i have written imagining mission. if i am allowed to admit in in very unenglish fashion i am delighted with how it turned out.
i have mentioned before that i am going to get some cards made up of these images and quotes. well i have finally worked out how to do that and they will be a set of 30 cards in a box - like large playing cards. it will work out at around 6 pounds a box. i have about 80 people who have said they want a set - it will be a limited run for those signed up. so if you are interested and have not let me know it's not too late as i have not yet placed the order. just leave me a message. if you have let me know i haven't forgotten.