Wow! Last night I went to a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar jointly staged by two local schools (Christ's College and Rangi Ruru). It was excellent and sustained a uniformly high standard of singing, acting and dancing all the way through to a standing ovation at the end. The lighting and sound were excellent too. The storyline of Superstar is mostly familiar (of course!) but also different in various ways to the gospels. Personally I found the performance emotionally moving, not least in presenting the raw humanity of Jesus. It is just about impossible for orthodox Christians to engage fully with the ordinary humanity of Jesus, but Superstar offers a doorway through which the audience can go to meet the human Jesus.
In other news, I note, sadly, the death of Walter Wink, a renowned theologian and biblical exegete, who offered another way to engage with the human Jesus - the Jesus of non-violent resistance to the powers of darkness.
A correspondent has alerted me to two staff redundancies at Ridley College Melbourne, but reading the announcement about this, I notice another item of news, the name of the new principal of Ridley who will succeed the recently retired and long-serving principal, Peter Adams. Brian Rosner will take over in July. He is a widely published NT scholar, currently teaching at Moore College. ADDITIONALLY: John Woodhouse is retiring as Principal of Moore College in early 2013 after ten years in the role.
I may (or may not) post later on the interesting motion on sexuality which the General Synod of the Church of Ireland agreed to at the weekend. Interesting because it represents a church acting both catholically and creatively on a testing matter which concerns the pastoral life as well as the unity of the church. Thinking Anglicans has a full report on what happened here. Catholicity and Covenant has good commentary on the significance of the motion here.
How do we love Jesus as best we know how with all our human limitations? We can keep pressing into know him ... dig deep into the gospels and live them ... support great training and education for ministry in Jesus' name ... and work hard to be the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church under Christ's lordship.