Christ’s Pieces (XP) is held at Nikki and Dave Benson’s bush retreat, 25km west of Brisbane city:
(It’s a circular driveway, so take a left at entry and park on the flat area up top.)
n: 0491 125 783 | contactnikkibenson(at)gmail.com
d: 0491 138 487 | david.benson(at)malyon.edu.au
Check the “vision” side-bar for upcoming events.
Nik is an Occupational Therapist, a lover of design and all things beautiful, and a closet monastic seeking spiritual rhythm in the everyday.
Dave is a former teacher and pastor, now lecturing at Malyon Theological College and directing the Traverse Centre for Bridging Church and Culture. (He’s also a not-so-closet adrenaline junkie, recovering from a motorcycle speeding addiction.)
XP is a simple response to a conviction that has grown in us since studying at Regent College (Vancouver). When the church becomes culturally captive, and the surrounding society is post-Christian in attitude but pre-Christian in understanding, who would Christ have us be for him today?
As Charles Ringma explains, this is the challenge of re-evangelising the first-world.
There is no place for nostalgia, future escapism, or easy answers. Instead, we must recover the grand narrative of God’s mission and our place therein. We must overcome dualisms of church and world, clergy and laity, sacred and secular, faith and work. We must learn to lament and rejoice with new and rich practices that orient us to the inbreaking reign of God. And we must drink from deep wells that re-form us as Christ-bearers in confused times.
In our language,
XP is a peace-full (shalom) place to deepen, share, and imagine how God would have us follow Him at today’s cultural cross-road.
Each element of Christ’s Pieces has some preparation:
Open Book | Read the relevant chapters of the feature book, and focus in on the set question to discuss that night.
Open Table | Think of a meaningful personal story/experience that is sparked in you by the night’s theme.
Praxis | How would you answer the big question for that day, and what implications does this have for how you follow Christ today? Perhaps bring some stimulus material to help us each discern faithful action in response.
Check each page for more information, and to see what’s the plan with food/supper. Generally we have a ‘soft start’ (coffee, conversations) for the night events at 6:30pm, but focus in by 7pm sharp.
Contact us if you have any questions. All are welcome, whether for one night, one XP element, or all.
(Art by Deb Mostert … “stumbling onward rejoicing”.)