Close To The Edge


Sometimes I go to a Christian support and discussion group called ‘Liminal’, which means at or close to the edge – hence this piece of music  by Yes.

For centuries the Christian church mainly in Europe, was at the centre of political and cultural power.  That situation, ‘Christendom’, has been waning over the last two hundred years and now we can no longer assume people hold to Christian values or even know much about the religion.

So people in Christian mission work once again see themselves at the edge of their own culture, reach out into the different world around them.  I think that is like Jesus who was certainly socialising with people at the edge or outside of ‘polite’ society.  In the gospel of Matthew we read that he helped a man with leprosy (a mutilating, killer disease) , the servant of a Roman soldier (Roman troops were the resented occupying power in the country), people with evil spirits (all kinds of weird) and a tax collector (also working for the Romans).

In another place he is approached for help by a crazily-desperate foreign woman – when devout Jewish men would not have dealt with women or foreigners.  Jesus seems to be winding her up about this, but then relents as once again he crosses the boundary (Matthew 15.21-28)

Hotlips? Really!

Thanks for visiting.  This is my take on popular music – songs and pieces I like or perform live and how they relate to Christian ideas. I think God speaks through music and song and I hope we can all learn to hear His* voice more clearly.

Hotlips?  Come on Andy – you’re going to get the wrong kind of visitor with that name!  Here’s the explanation – it’s an idea taken from the Bible in the book of Isaiah chapter 6.  Isaiah is having a vision where God is appointing him to speak out.  It’s pretty scary and surreal: flaming, flying creatures bring a burning coal and touch his lips with it.  So I think he had hot lips.

*His or Her – or Their?  I’m aware of the debate – let’s save it for another post!