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Kitchen Table 26 – Being the Bad Guys

This weeks Kitchen Table looks at how the church is perceived in an increasingly hostile culture.  Its based on Steve’s book ” Ebing the Bad Guys – How to live for Jesus in a Culture that says you shouldn’t….


Kitchen Table 25 – Who is the General Public?


  1. Well – good for Steve for the title of the book. “Of course you are the bad guys” you say. What does Jesus say for being hated because of him – great is your reward in the kingdom for this is how the prophets were treated. Of course it is also possible to be claiming to be prophetic and speaking truth without being loving or lying and being disrespectful – both are damaging of course.

    You say David, you have “never known what it is like the been the good guy” – that’s what made me laugh. You are persona non grata in Scotland (your words) and a “whinging Scotsman” according to Steve. Is there anywhere on earth that is safe form your vitriol? (I’m joking).

    So Steve talks about “not following Jesus well enough” being “found wanting” and finding it to be “unnerving” to not be a “good guy”. I do like the awareness he shows about this and what he is saying. But he did something that I hate in saying that this is what “we” do? Well who are the “we” in this and isn’t that insulting to those of us who have left family, work etc and have not been afraid to be shunned for standing for what is good while being treated as bad?

    Yes is there a subtle are to churchmanship of “Looking good while being Bad” as Adrian Plas humourously has pointed out in his book of the same name. But what if writing books and reading books results in wisdom being meaningless as the writer of Ecclesiastes says, ““look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” (Ecc 1:16-18).

    The only thing that’s going to make a difference in the world is action yes we are justified by faith not works but faith without works is dead faith. And on that note, I’m going to have some breakfast, feed the dog, and get out there into the dog walking community. Tier 4 with Covid in Scotland offers many opportunities for “works”.

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