Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Fri, 08 May 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

While doing a little research online this morning I stumbled across the blog of Paul Ritchie – a Methodist Pastor in Richill, Co. Armagh – thanks to Jools for the pointer.

Two of Paul’s posts in recent days really struck a chord with me – both essentially about our real commitment to the things we say we believe in. Do we really act on the words of Jesus? What are we prepared to give when it comes to global mission?

If you have five minutes then the two posts are worth a visit. Click here for the Radical Jesus, Non-Radical Followers piece or here for the Cost of Commitment post.

The bit that challenged me most was a quote from an author called Michael Hart, “Most Christians consider the injunction to love your enemy at most an ideal which might be realised in some perfect world, but one which is not a reasonable guide to conduct in the actual world we live in. We do not normally practice love for our enemies, we do not expect others to practice it, we do not teach our children to practice it. Jesus’ most distinctive teaching therefore remains an intriguing but basically untried suggestion.”

Thought provoking stuff…