Lunchtime Conversations: Entry Point
Lunchtime Conversations is a book club for theological books. On the first Tuesday of each month a group of between 10 and 20 people from different theological backgrounds meet in LCI’s library to discuss a particular title over a bite to eat. Topics so far have ranged from how language is always contextual, to whether the church can be fully church without embracing those who are disabled by society. Each session is led by a member of the group. Anybody is welcome – you don’t have to have read the book being discussed, in fact after the session we hope that you might want to borrow it from the library!
Entry Point – Towards Child Theology with Matthew 18. This session will be led by Haddon Willmer.
Haddon Willmer and Keith J White
The term “Child Theology” is a 21st century invention. But the substance of Child Theology is as old as the Good News of Jesus. When his disciples were making serious mistakes in their theological argument about greatness in the kingdom of God, Jesus placed a child among them.
In June 2002 a group of Christians met in Penang, Malaysia to explore what was meant by “Child Theology”. One of the outcomes was the request for a book on the subject. Entry Point is that book! Without defining the shape and content of Child Theology, it invites readers to explore what it might mean to receive this child as:
- a challenge to radical conversion.
- a clue to the truth about the kingdom of Go.
- a reminder, following Jesus into the kingdom means denying self, taking up the cross.
- an encouragement to live in the resilience of resurrection.
- a helper in making universal community with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.