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Jason Clark on The Good News

Illustration by Nidhi Balwada from India

Illustration by Nidhi Balwada from India

This entry is a part of an on-going blog series called The Good News, which is taking place throughout the Easter Season, from Easter to Pentecost. A full list of the contributors can be found here. I thought you should know about this new Doctor of Ministry program Jason is leading at George Fox Seminary. Take a moment to read about it. Jason’s local newspaper in London is The Times. Here is Jason Clark on the Good News.

THE GOOD NEWS

Bad news has flowed almost daily for the last few months. An unremitting parade of graphs, numbers, interviews, headlines, all showing the inexorable slide into recession and economic crises. Radio chat shows, news programs, breakfast TV, reality TV, even non new programs, all having to make reference to the credit crunch. It’s bad and it’s going to get worse, with the numbers attached to the bad news being so large, we have ceased to be able to comprehend them.

So many of the headlines seem to speak of the greed that led to credit crunch and the fear that has ensued after the consumer binge, passing into general conversation. It’s the ’greedy’ who have caused the fears the rest of us face.

And living on the edge of London, which lies at the epicenter of this financial earthquake, it’s hard not to be caught up in the fear and panic, on the lips of everyone, everywhere. How bad will it be, when will it end, will I get through this?

How do we navigate times like this, buoyed along by media saturated resources titled ’How to survive a recession’? In a world where the market is taken for granted as the reality of everyday life, maybe we take to heart, practice and find comfort from Warren Buffet’s axiom ’…be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful’.

But is our world a closed system of limited resources that we have to fight over, in competition with each other, where only the fittest will survive? Are life, time, and relationships all a commodities to trade, or hedge against the ups and downs of the market? Is there more to human life than this cycle of fear and greed?

Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus, was and is news to our city. Christians call this story, The Gospel, which literally means ’Good News’. Does the Good News of Jesus look different to our ’bad news’?

The heart of the Easter Good News story, is that there is a God, who is beyond the limits of the markets, and our finite resources, who interrupts and enters into our world. He enters our world in person, as Jesus, to deal with this very cycle of fear and greed.

His death and resurrection, reveal a different economy, where the response to fear isn’t greed, and greed the response to fear. But Jesus reveals that the giving ourselves to God and one another, opens the doors to a new economy and way of life with limitless resources.

Maybe that’s some Good News we could explore together this Easter season.

Jason just turned 40, celebrated his mid life crises with buying a motorbike. Married with three teenage kids, he is a church planter on the SW edge of London at Vineyard Church Sutton, having previously spent 8 years in the City of London as an investment adviser. He holds a doctor of ministry degree in theology and leadership, and is currently in the middle of a theology PhD at Kings College London, researching the impact of Consumerism and Secularism on Church and Christian identity formation. He travels internationally to speak, lecture, and teach in areas of Church and Culture, and this year sees two chapters of his writing published in a book by Baker Academic. An avid blogger, you can find him at Jason Clark, Deep Church and Reflective Practice.


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