storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
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what would it be like if we actually lived like jesus?
being a bit of an ass online is easy.
loving people online is easy, too.
in real life, you don’t get to unplug. you don’t get to give yourself an opportunity to calm down and respond after taking a few moments to regain your composure or talk your way through an argument in an imaginary conversation with the image staring back at you in your bathroom mirror ‘just in case.’
in real life, you can’t delete what you just posted because you realize it wasn’t at all appropriate to whatever audience you were addressing.
one of the greatest challenges of teaching is showing people where to look
without telling them what to see.
it was almost time.
three years had passed since jesus first extended the invitation to this rag-tag group of curiously single jewish men.
‘follow me,’ he had said.
they were misfits, all of them. yet they found in their brotherhood a sense of solidarity with one another, in spite of their differences. this, of course, laid the ground work for their eventual understanding of christ’s stand in solidarity with all of humanity. Continue Reading…
i’m less interested in hearing what someone is against than i am in hearing what someone is for.
it’s for that reason that i’m compelled to tell a better story – to define myself not as what i want to fight, but rather what i support. i think that’s better news. Continue Reading…
what would it look like if rather than focusing on an us/them mentality, harping on what ‘sins’ exist ‘out there’ we each focused on how we ourselves could better find and follow christ in our every interaction?
what would it look like to celebrate the fingerprint of God – the imago dei – in each person we encounter, regardless of our differences or their perspective?
what would it look like to mirror the solidarity with the Other – the disenfranchised, marginalized and oppressed in our communities that we see evidenced in God’s incarnation?
what if, rather than declaring things seen in others as sinful, i recognized the areas in my own life where i fall short, and was encouraged and inspired by my community to get back up and try again?
i am convinced if this is how we began to approach worship within our faith communities (as well as our liturgy, our structures and systems for membership, service and doctrine, et cetera), we would quite possibly turn things upside down.
and we’d be closer to what christ envisioned for his church than we are right now.
what do you think?
in comments made back in november but released just friday, pope francis again made headlines by encouraging priests to leave their comfort zones and spend time amongst people at the margins of society (similar to this line of thinking).
“This is really very important to me: the need to become acquainted with reality by experience, to spend time walking on the periphery in order really to become acquainted with the reality and life-experiences of people – if this does not happen we then run the risk of being abstract ideologists or fundamentalists, which is not healthy.“
i think francis is onto something.
what do you think?
so, some people actually hate me.
i recently wrote about how i’ve been prepping myself for an onslaught of critique nearly certain to come my way in 2014 – once my thoughts on standing in solidarity are published in book form this fall, the opportunity for others to question my work, thoughts, motivations and even my faith are bound to multiply.
this past year has been a busy and incredible one – i officially joined the team at The Marin Foundation, signed my book deal, got married and much more. to be fair, there were a few posts i wrote that were read/shared more on other blog sites (e.g., patheos and the tony camplo-helmed red letter christians) – but as far as it goes on the WayWard follower, here are the top 5 blog posts for traffic here on the blog ::
on the back-and-forth on social media regarding same sex marriage this year.
9. pizza face.
on the infectious nature of boldness as seen in the bleachers at wrigley field this summer.
8. LOVE is louder.
on my experience at the I’m Sorry Campaign at chicago’s gay pride this year.
7. gag me.
on comments made by a member of The Gospel Coalition regarding homosexuality, and my take on those words.
6. rip, rob bell.
on the evangelical black sheep coming out in as affirming monogamy and marriage, regardless of orientation.
5. book deal.
on my forthcoming book (fall, 2014) with InterVarsity Press.
4. you, too?
on bono from U2 talking about jesus.
3. bad theology.
on ray lewis’ theologically inept comments after wining last year’s super bowl.
2. response to SCOTUS.
on the supreme court’s decision to end DOMA.
1. quack, quack.
on the recent duck dynasty debacle.
‘the best way to spread christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.’ – buddy the elf
over the past several weeks, i’ve had a number of conversations with folks surrounding the idea of creating cultural change within the church – asking questions of how church leaders and change agents can create safe and sacred spaces for all people to explore the richness of the gospel – which is, as the angel proclaimed that firs christmas, good news of great joy for ALL people.
a recurring theme in that conversation is the power of music and song – and the importance of singing words which create a culture of inclusion rather than exclusion; of love and grace rather than judgment and intolerance; of compassion and solidarity rather than elitism and discrimination.
when we choose what songs we sing in church, we’re literally choosing words to put in the mouths of God’s people.