Interview with @revpamsmith, coming up Saturday 1st June #bigbible #satsess

Come and join us online this Saturday 1st June for a bible study with  Rev Pam Smith (iChurch). Pam has chosen three passages that have made her think, where we see Jesus challenging his original hearers and us by what he says about the right way to behave. Two are parables – The Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-15) and The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) and the third is the account of Jesus’ visit to the house of Martha and Mary at Bethany (Luke 10:38-42). Looking at the readings and having them available if possible for the session is all the preparation you need to do.

The event will also be livestreamed online. Join us!

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Pam, can you give us a brief insight into who you are, what you do, and what your specialism(s) is/are?

I’ve been involved in online Christian ministry since 2004, which was also the year I was ordained. I’m currently the Web Pastor and priest in charge of i-church, the online Christian community founded by the Diocese of Oxford in 2004. I’m currently writing a book about online mission and ministry to be published in 2014.

Can you give us a bit of insight into what you will be offering in the session in June? Why the passages from Luke? What might we learn from it? What can we do to prepare for the session – what can we be thinking about?

As a preacher, the comment I like to hear the most is ‘You really made me think’. So for this session I’ve chosen three passages that have made me think, where we see Jesus challenging his original hearers and us by what he says about the right way to behave. Two are parables – The Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-15) and The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) and the third is the account of Jesus’ visit to the house of Martha and Mary at Bethany (Luke 10:38-42). Looking at the readings and having them available if possible for the session is all the preparation you need to do.

What is the best ‘good news story’ to come out of your journey as a disciple? What (Bible verse, or other) keeps you going when times are hard?

Oddly, one of the most significant times I’ve been through in terms of faith was my father’s death. He was not a churchgoer but as he approached death (from motor neurone disease) he seemed to lose all his fear and doubt and be very sure of God’s love and able to express his love for us. As his body wasted away, he became unrecognisable and in a strange way beautiful as the things that had worried him in the world stopped mattering to him and he focused on the people he loved – including Jesus. My sister and I found these lines from Psalm 34 very significant at the time, especially because my mother kept referring to Dad as ‘that poor man’.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34.4-8

We’re working on the @bigbible project. How do you think the (stories in the) Bible can inform our discipleship, including online?

Article 6 of the 39 Articles (the foundational statement of faith of the Church of England) states that ‘Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation’. I believe we can’t do better than tell the stories the Bible has given us to communicate our faith, wherever people are there to hear them. This now includes the digital world and I believe that some of us are being particularly called to find new ways to tell the stories using ‘new media’.

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