I'm Natasha, one of the people helping to establish The Local. Carl asked if I wanted to contribute to the blog so I thought I would share something I read recently by British theologian Tom Wright which I think neatly captures what we are trying to achieve.
In commenting on Hebrews 5 v11-14 (which talks about the fact the Church is focusing on basic teachings (milk) rather than the more in-depth teaching and practice they should be focusing on (solid food)), he makes the following comments:
"[the passage] makes the point that the purposes of God in the gospel are focused on God's longing to put the world to rights,
and to put people to rights as part of that work. What
the writer here longs for is that people should become
proficient in understanding and using the entire message
of God's healing, restoring, saving justice. He wants
them to know their way around the whole message of
scripture and of the gospel, to be able to handle this
message in relation to their own lives, their communities
and the wider world, and to see how all the different
parts of God's revelation fit together, apply to different
situations and have the power to transform lives and
This is what The Local is all about. It's exciting, but its also a little scary because it demands active participation and commitment. However, I believe the journey will be worth it.
I hope you can join us.