SUNDAY, July 17 – SATURDAY, July 23, 2016
with John Bell
For many people outside the Christian faith, Jesus was born in Bethlehem on 25th December and died on Good Friday. The two great festivals of Christmas and Easter tend to eclipse the rest of his life, but many assume that he was kind and gentle.
However, it is the life and teaching of Jesus which comprises most of the Gospel. And much of that life is unrecognized – how he associated with foreigners, his relationship to women, his attitude to money, the numerous attacks on his life, the source of his anger as well as his spirituality.
In this week, through reflection, conversation, imaginative exercises and songs, we explore aspects of Jesus, all of which can be verified, but few of which are given the attention they deserve.
JOHN L BELL is a native of Kilmarnock, who lives in Glasgow where he studied Arts and Theology. After spells of voluntary work in London and Amsterdam, and engagements in student politics, he was ordained by the Church of Scotland. For ten years he worked in youth ministry before transferring to concentrate on music and worship. He lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and in Southern Africa. He is a hymn writer, author and occasional broadcaster on national radio and television, but retains a primary passion for congregational song. He and the work he shares with his colleagues has been honoured by the Royal School of Church Music, the Hymn Society in the US & Canada, and the University of Glasgow, the first and second of which bestowed on him the status of Fellowship, the third a Doctorate.
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