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what would it be like if we actually lived like jesus?
i love it when brian mclaren gets like this – he’s in total beast mode – most recently laying down his top 10 reasons he’s had to part company with what he dubs the Conservative Evangelical Project (if that doesn’t your interest, then what if i told you they include donald trump and katy perry – interested now?).
welcome back from sabbatical, brian.
good news, everybody!
the good news is… you’re good.
and it gets even better – despite what you may have heard – rumors; word on the street; popular belief; folklore…whatever ::
God is for us. all of us.
it seems as we approach Scripture withIn our own faith traditions and narratives, we far too often fall into the trap of staying stuck in a primitive and archaic understanding of who God is.
we build our beliefs on the backs of the beliefs of our tribal ancestors, rather than allowing the bigness and goodness of God to grow and mature and expand within (and even beyond) the story of the man jesus – who in the incarnation gave us an example of what God would act like if he were to appear in the flesh… and then told us we could do better. Continue Reading…
after senator bernie sanders appeared with presumptive democratic presidential nominee secretary clinton in new hampshire yesterday morning announcing he was supporting her candidacy for president, i posted the transcript of his endorsement speech on my Facebook page.
as was evidenced in the comments and private conversations i’ve had with friends, it seems some former bernie supporters have struggled with the idea of voting for anyone other than bernie.
many voiced their disappointment in him for ’selling out just like every other politician,’ as a result of his endorsement of hillary. Continue Reading…
there is so much to say, and yet mere words are inefficient. hollow. empty.
speaking of solidarity without concrete action is meaningless.
the past 72 hours have been tremendously disturbing to many people of various shades and stripes – some resorting to polarized rhetoric in an attempt to find a common enemy, with others believing we’re better together.
news of the horrific orlando attack has triggered a response in all of us – anger, sadness, loss, anxiety, even hatred – which, one friend rightly says, is but a pawn of the emotion of fear.
in my neighborhood, each of these emotions – and more – are palpable. as prejudice and violence do to any community caught in their crosshairs, my LGBTQ friends and neighbors are grappling with the implications of such bad news, and pause to consider their own safety at our own bars and nightclubs a few days before our own Pride Parade on our own streets.
in our own neighborhood.
and yet, even here in Boystown, in the midst of the grieving and mourning and vigils to show solidarity and provide support, there is a message that is being repeated over. and over. and over.
it isn’t a message of fear, or hatred, or even sadness.
it’s a message of Love.
a little over a year ago, i announced that i’d resigned from my position as the executive director of The Marin Foundation here in chicago in order to engage in work which expanded beyond the scope allowed by my position in that particular organization. since that time, i’ve been honored to participate in a number of efforts – most notably, partnering with some new and old friends from Convergence and elsewhere in building and giving leadership to a network created to organize and mobilize progressive evangelicals called OPEN, and also founding my own non-profit organization to provide funding and support to those and other endeavors called (un)common good collective.
it’s been a busy year.
for the past twelve months, i’ve purposefully flown ‘under the radar’ on social media and here on my personal blog (many of you have taken notice that the traditionally prolific nature of my public writing, speaking and tweeting has decreased over the past year – which has led a number of folks to wonder if i’m actually being productive anymore).
some folks have literally messaged me asking if i’m still alright, or if i’m working – and what in the world i’m working on.
and of course i am – i’ve just been flying under the radar.
but as i said to my friend only yesterday – just because you’re flying under the radar doesn’t mean that you’re not still moving.
today, my friend david gushee wrote an interesting and insightful article on the drama happening at Wheaton College – the esteemed evangelical academic institution which is making headlines as they continue the process of firing their first-ever tenured black female professor.
first, dr. larycia hawkins wore a hijab – the traditional head covering worn by many muslim women. then, she was accused of violating its doctrinal statement because she wrote a Facebook post quoting pope francis which said that christians and muslims ‘worship the same God.’ hawkins told CNN the school offered her a ‘best case scenario’ to return to the college which ‘included two years of multi-layered, ongoing conversation about the theological implications of [her] Facebook post and [her] actions in wearing the hijab. For those two years, tenure would be revoked and restoration of tenure an open question at the conclusion of that period.’
in my opinion, standing in solidarity with muslims by saying they worship the same God as christians do is more of a historical than a theological statement – and it’s factual. YHVH God is, historically, the God of abraham. different interpretations (or, one could more accurately state evolutions of understanding) of that God are expressed through each of the abrahamic faiths – judaism, christianity… and islam.
for an evangelical academic institution to deny this is to show themselves either intellectually dishonest or intentionally ignorant of the history of our faith.
since the beginning of this blog, i’ve posted an annual ‘best posts of the past year’ which was based on which ones had been shared the most via social media, or had the most comments (here’s the top ten of 2013 and 2014).
seeing as today is the even of a new year, that’s this post; however, instead of linking my most popular posts from 2015, i’ve chosen to link those i believe to be the most important.
so without further ado, here’s my top ten from 2015 (with a bit of a teaser from each of them) ::
if you follow my facebook feed, you’ll know that leading up to this holiday season i spent some time defending my counter-cultural suggestion that since the jesus of the gospel narratives is quite clearly against killing people, folks who claim to follow him ought to be as well.
though it’s not the first time an impassioned disagreement has taken place in my world, i was surprised that the most vitriolic – sometimes even violent – responses came not due to my previous suggestions that the gospel is far better news than what we learned in church; or that the family of God expands beyond the walls of religion; or even that accepting syrian refugees and muslim immigrants is a christ-followers’ ethical and moral responsibility; but the assertion that christians shouldn’t kill people.
i don’t say so lightly. such an assertion flies in the face of the faith and family in which i was raised – and not just because we used to sing, ‘onward christian soldier, marching off to war…’ during children’s church.
for me, it started on the day i was born.