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by Steven Ogden

eBook I Met God in Bermuda: Faith in the 21st Century epub
  • ISBN: 1846942047
  • Author: Steven Ogden
  • Genre: Christians
  • Subcategory: Christian Living
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Christian Alternative (June 16, 2009)
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • ePUB size: 1952 kb
  • FB2 size 1392 kb
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In I Met God in Bermuda Steven Ogden attempts to explain the unexplainable. He analyses the 21st century mind-set and redescribes God for a post-modern atheistic world where people have voted and Christianity has been voted out - at least in the Western world.

In I Met God in Bermuda Steven Ogden attempts to explain the unexplainable. Where is God in suffering? Where is God when bad things happen to good people? In I Met God in Bermuda Steven Ogden attempts to explain the unexplainable.

In I Met God in Bermuda, Steven Ogden shows how twenty-first century faith is an open, dynamic and . Apparently, Christianity has passed its use by date.

In I Met God in Bermuda, Steven Ogden shows how twenty-first century faith is an open, dynamic and courageous attitude toward life. This work shows how twenty-first century faith is an open, dynamic and courageous attitude toward life - it presumes that God is found not in the sky, but in the midst of life.

In I Met God in Bermuda, Steven Ogden shows how twenty-first century faith is an open, dynamic and courageous attitude . John Hunt Publishing, Christian Alternative. It presumes that God is found not in the sky, but in the midst of life.

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I met God in Bermuda. Faith in the 21st Century. Steven Ogden explores the idea of faith in the light of human suffering

I met God in Bermuda. Published 2009 by O-Books in Winchester, . spirituality, faith, human suffering, hope. Earthquakes, floods and war? There is no simple answer. So, can we talk about God in this context? Steven Ogden explores the idea of faith in the light of human suffering. Consequently, it is time to abandon the old man in the sky who fails to fix things and find a faith fit for the 21st century. In this light, Ogden offers a word of hope.

Baines grew up in the beachside suburb of Grange in South Australia. His father was a semi-professional soccer player and electrician. Ogden, Steven (2009). I Met God in Bermuda: Faith in the 21st Century. John Hunt Publishing. p. 125. ISBN 978-1-84694-204-4. His mother was a housewife, who loved painting, reading and music  .

I Met God in Bermuda is about an authentic faith fit for the 21st century, which rejects both the Sunday School God and .

I Met God in Bermuda is about an authentic faith fit for the 21st century, which rejects both the Sunday School God and the God of king and country. In the face of human suffering and natural disasters, that God failed us. Instead, this is a 21st century faith, which is discovered in the context of relationships, bringing hope and courage to people in a complex world. Steven Ogden writes lucidly and with an engaging self-deprecating wit, something not found too often in religious books! He takes the reader on a rip-roaring journey of how his faith has been changed due to the circumstances of his own life; and in particular as an Anglican priest.

Steven Ogden's starting point is a late Iron Age activist named Jesus, a subversive who "caused great scandal in the name of love". I explore this view of God in I Met God in Bermuda: Faith in the 21st century (2009). Engaging, reflective and challenging. -David Boulton, author "Who on Earth was Jesus?" In this daring book, Ogden shows how the quirky kingdom preached by Jesus can change our world with the power of love and challenges the church to live as if it really is the foretaste of that new reality. Sarah Bachelard, theologian and author.

I Met God in Bermuda is about an authentic faith fit for the 21st century . A blend of humor and pathos, with gritty stories and practical wisdom, it delivers where others have failed by drawing us into a new way of thinking about spirituality and the world.

In I Met God in Bermuda, Steven Ogden shows how twenty-first century faith is an open, dynamic and courageous attitude toward life. It presumes that God is found not in the sky, but in the midst of life.
Comments: (6)
Qucid
Dr Steven Ogden addresses the modern view of Christianity as being irrelevant, obsolete and to some offensive. He springboards his discussion off the works of two German theologians, Paul Tillich and Karl Rahner. Ogden speaks of both the absence and presence of God. He values faith as an orientation to life, useful in times of both presence and absence of God. "Good religion" where in community a gathering of believers values and uses their collective experience of God is contrasted against "bad religion" where individuals know they are in sole possession of truth (fundamentalism), and demand others take this perspective.
Ogden contributes significantly to the debate on faith in the 21st century. He accepts that Jesus can speak to our time and asks us to remove the trappings of the 1st century from our understanding along with the image of God as the old man in the sky who moves at will. He also asks us to accept that in situations of suffering many people find that God is absent and remains absent. Although this book is written through a Christian lens, Dr Ogden recognises that God may be understood from other perspectives.

I found this book interesting, useful and real.
Delaath
Having read quite a bit about the need for a contemporary approach to Christian faith, I'm impressed to see that Steven Ogden has been able to create a readable and challenging book. Using the metaphor of a journey, Ogden reminds the reader of the common contemporary perspectives on Christian faith and leads him/her to embrace a more relevant God than the conceptions of God held by those inside and outside of the church. His description of both the absence and presence of God resonate with the experience of many. This God doesn't need defending and is God of all not just those who need a car park in a hurry.

Congratulations to Steven Ogden who has set out how God can be found and how Jesus is relevant, in the midst of life.
blac wolf
Having read 'I Met God in Bermuda' I find myself, as a Christian, both settled and uncomfortable. Settled because Ogden recognizes that our lives are messy, ambiguous and precarious. Uncomfortable, because there is really nowhere else to live except on the edge of an abyss into which one is liable to topple at any moment.

But it was also a book where I could not help myself saying things like, 'of course', 'exactly', 'now why didn't I think of that?' and a few other such interjections as I travelled through the pages.

It was a marvellous journey and I thank Steven Ogden for the privilege of sharing.

I found the authors words exciting as well as challenging. On one hand I can understand Ogden's analogy of the 'congestion zone', but on the other I'm am not sure of his use of post-modernity, which for me is something more than what comes after modernity.

I am unfamiliar with his two German shepherds, Paul Tillich and Karl Rahner, another great analogy, and it therefore seem prudent to follow up this aspect given their contribution to his work.

Above all I can appreciate Ogden's concern that Christians meet the world as it is rather than what we assume it to be - that we become honest with ourselves, and others, and admit that Christianity cannot adequately explain the apparent absence of God to the satisfaction of those who continually ask - but where is God? Yet admitting as much seems such a negative way of looking at the Christian tradition - a denial of much of what has gone before. Notwithstanding my concerns I recall the words, Spong I think, that the problem with Christianity is that it has never been seriously tried. And perhaps that start point is a recognition that we have been left alone to our own devices - that God is not a meddlesome father who cannot allow his offspring to grow up and mature - but bearing the pain as that growth unfold.

Ogden, for me, draws this aspect out into the open which is both daunting and refreshing. Daunting because it means one must rethink any concept of God that happens to be lodged in one's mind. Refreshing because all the old assumptions and doubts and cliches of the past about God are relieved of their burden - that those who accept God are relieved of clinging to the old ways and Sunday School dogma of the past but face the truth of God's presence, and absence, in the 21st century with a greater sense of clarity and integrity.

Above all I found Ogden's book gave me permission to think along such lines and thereby gained some confidence that thinking creatively is not an act of denial or arrogance but a desire to walk along the abyss because it is within our collective experience that we demonstrate that God is indeed with us - in the congestion zone of our lives.

Ogden may have met god in Bermuda - I suspect I met something of God though reading this little gem.
Direbringer
When sad events happen in our lives we invariably ask `Why is this happening to me?' or `Why has God let me down, where is He when I need Him?'
The answer to these and many more questions of faith are addressed in Steven Ogden's thought provoking book `I Met God in Bermuda'.
I have been lucky enough to read a pre-publication copy of this book and as someone struggling with my beliefs it proved to be an easy and user friendly read. I steer away from so called religious books but this one proved to be not only imminently readable but also inspiring and that has now led me to re-examine and explore my faith further.
The idea of God's presence and seeming absence in our lives is fascinatingly explored as is our perception of God.
After 20 years struggling with life in the wilderness Steven Ogden has cleared the debris of my life to reveal a renewed faith and a positive view of God.
If you are struggling with your beliefs this book will go a long way in helping you re-evaluate your life and hopefully pointing you in a positive life changing direction.
watching to future
Steven Ogden's book "I Met God in Bermuda" is a fascinating, probing account of how religious faith can still continue to reach us even after all of the challenges and distractions of the modern world. The book pulls no punches about the problems Christianity faces (some of its own creating), but ultimately is a powerful reminder of why religion endures even through times of doubt, and continues to heal and better the lives of so many.
Felolv
Ogden is a powerful communicator. He understands the travails of everyday life and uses that insight to connect with the reader. He doesn't shirk the difficult question - he challenges theological conceptions and gets us to grapple with notions of God's absence and presence. He is clearly a major academic scholar but this book is very accessible. It represents a breath of fresh air for those who look for the Christian faith to be positioned at the beginning of the 21st century - a "must read"!
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