The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword
Tony Morling on Paul's Letter to the Colossians
Tony Morling, who is the Minister at St Helier Methodist Centre and a member of the Business Connect team last spoke at CHOW in September when he delivered a breath-taking talk entitled “Grace and Peace in South Africa” – this talk traced Tony’s journeys in South Africa, during his sabbatical, and his quest to find the true meaning of grace.
The other dimension of Tony’s sabbatical involved some deep exploration of Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae – including retracing the steps of Tychicus, a disciple of Paul who was charged with delivery of the letter from Rome - where Paul wrote it whilst in prison – all the way to Colossae itself.
In this talk Tony will give us an overview of the letter with particular focus on how it was read and received by its original hearers, the subversive ethic that it engendered within the Church and how this ethic would lead a small group of believers in a small and unimportant city into confrontation and ultimately destabilisation of The Powers that Be.
Here's Tony's brief intro to the sesion:
'St Paul recognised that living under a global empire posed particular challenges for Christians in the first century. His letter to the small church in Colossae has been described as a subversive tract for subversive living, and it insists that such an alternative imagination and alternative way of life is formed and sustained in community.
Illustrated with photos from a recent trip to the Tripolis of Laodicea, Hierapolis and Colossae this talk explores whether his writing did have the power to subvert the prevailing culture of Rome. We will also consider whether his writings have any leverage to engage with the equivalent issues we face today.'