‘we do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.’ – richard rohr
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pastors – you are not responsible for what people in your pews believe; but you are responsible for what messages they hear from your pulpit.
‘The entire biblical text would emphasize ‘right relationship’ much more than intellectually being ‘right.’ Jesus consistently declares people to be saved or healed who are in right relationship with him, and he never grills them on their belief or belonging systems.’
— richard rohr
if anyone has the answers to all the questions – that is the proof that God is not with him. it means that he is a false prophet, using religion for himself.
oh, what a wicked web we weave.
these days, it’s nearly common knowledge that our so-called secular society most often describes american evangelical christians as being ‘anti-gay,’ ‘judgmental’ and ‘hypocritical.’ 91% of non-christians FIRST identify the word ‘christian’ with ‘anti-homosexual.’ 80% of young christians feel the same way.
that’s not good news.
christ was defined by ::
rejecting the status quo,
upsetting religious norms,
rejecting dogmatic hypocrisy
and loving all.
how are we defined?
‘the mercy of God has no limits.’
bono by michka assayas is a truly fascinating read.
“Bono’s career is unlike any other in rock history. As the lead singer of U2, Bono has sold 130 million albums, won fourteen Grammys, and played numerous sold-out world tours, but he has also lobbied and worked with world leaders from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt relief, AIDS, and other critical global issues. He has collaborated with the same musicians for nearly three decades and has been married to his childhood sweetheart since 1982. His life, at all turns, resists the rock star clichés.
In a series of intimate conversations with his friend Michka Assayas, a music journalist who has been with the band since the very beginning, Bono reflects on his transformation from the extrovert singer of a small Irish post-punk band into one of the most famous individuals in the world; and from an international celebrity to an influential spokesperson for the Third World. He speaks candidly about his faith, family, commitment, influences, service, and passion. Bono: A Self-Portrait in Conversation is the closest we will come, for now, to a memoir from the iconic frontman of U2.”
what follows is an excerpt from the book in which bono talks about jesus in an interview with the author ::
for thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory – forever
thine, not mine.
perhaps it seems like a minor distinction on the surface – one that could go without saying.
in a world and a culture when everything is marketed and branded by an individualism run rampant, this is a distinction that may need to be made.
‘if you want to know what i think, then watch how i live.’
— john m. perkins