Two sermons and an interview

In a recent nomad podcast Sam Wells shared his belief that to live well is to improvise well. He defined improvisation in the theatre as “a practice through which actors seek to develop trust in themselves and one another in order that they may conduct unscripted dramas without fear.” And that, he believes, is how we should approach life. Building trust, overcoming fear, conducting relationships, and making choices – all without a script. The Bible therefore is not a ‘script’ but a training school that shapes our habits and practices. And living well is “faithfully improvising on the Christian tradition.” 

Listen to the Nomad interview at https://www.nomadpodcast.co.uk/sam-wells-improvising-faith-n223/

Sam spoke about our instrumentalisation of Jesus when he preached recently for the National Cathedral in Washington. His sermon can be viewed and read at https://cathedral.org/sermons/sermon-the-rev-dr-sam-wells/.   

The sermon from St Martin-in-the-Fields on Sunday had a HeartEdge theme and included mention of the yarnbombing at St Mark's Pennington. See https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/digital-labs/labs-learning-blog/how-lockdown-opened-new-possibilities-st?fbclid=IwAR37nDhLs-6_Y_FtcQnpOhkN5RIVcUkt49AoQW_0yYX2hoYGYZWKR1qT5hQ for more on initiatives at St Mark's.

The service can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/stmartininthefields/videos/607544990107419/UzpfSTY1NDI5NDE0OToxMDE1NzMzNDU1MjE5NDE1MA/ and the sermon can be read at https://joninbetween.blogspot.com/2020/05/controversy-conversation-and-community.html