Saturday, February 11, 2017

Quick round-up: God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise

Somerset House at night
Very busy 2 weeks so apologies for non-blogging. In addition to a very heavy work schedule we had

  • Two Chinese New Year receptions, one at the House of Commons and one at No 10 Downing Street. It was great to see the PM in such excellent form and catch up with a number of other people.
  • A very inspiring meeting with Justin Welby introducing him to a friend at Lambeth Palace. After some discussion we all went to the chapel where there were about 20 newly consecrated bishops from all over the Anglican Communion, and joined them in saying evening prayer. We used the Psalms from the Prayer Book (Day 2) and then afterwards Justin took us to the room where Cranmer wrote the Book of Common Prayer, which overlooks the Chapel! Afterwards my friend and I went out for dinner and were joined by C for a further fascinating discussion.
  • A prayer weekend at our Church, of which we attended the 2 hour Saturday Evening service, because...
  • On Sunday I ran the Watford Half(-marathon) and had lunch with an old school friend who lives just by the finish. Sadly this was 3 mins slower than last year but I was fresh as a daisy at the end whereas C says last year I looked wrecked.
  • On Monday to Warwick to work with my old friend (from Trinity) Prof Robert Mackay, a new Research Fellow who is joining us (Richard Gunton), and to talk to some of the Warwick MSc students who will be collaborating with us, and then
  • To a large dinner where the PM was the main speaker. Perhaps the highlight of that evening was a long chat with Justine Greening who I've always rather liked but haven't had the chance to speak with at length. She's serious, dedicated, interesting and interested and very conscious, in the right way, of the responsibilities she carries.
  • On Weds a smaller dinner where Amber Rudd was the main speaker, and I was fortunate to be sitting one place away from her. I hadn't met her before and I was very pleasantly impressed. Many of the same comments apply as to Justine. In addition she says she really likes and admires a friend of ours who she knew through the church. This friend is well deserving of being liked and admired but is of almost no worldly consequence.
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. (1 Cor 1:26-30)

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