‘the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.’ — richard rohr
‘never study to be successful, study for self efficiency. don’t run behind success. follow behind excellence, success will come aways behind you.’
— from the film, three idiots
accompanying the tweet, aaron asked,
How did the good news become such a bad story?
and i ask the same of you – isn’t ‘the Good News’ better than this? i think it is.
what do you think?
just one year ago today, white smoke rose from the chimney overlooking vatican square, signaling the end of the two day papal conclave – and the election of a new pope.
in recent years and leading up to the resignation of the papacy by francis’ predecessor pope benedict xvi, the vatican has been plagued with scandal and allegations – of everything from sexual abuse by roman catholic priests and its cover-up by their bishops to discrepancies and accusations of smuggling and money laundering millions of dollars through the vatican bank.
upon his election, many of the faithful were hoping the former cardinal of argentina would bring some level of respectability, austerity and honor back to the holy see. yet there were vocal skeptics who feared the ‘out with the old and in with the new’ transition in vatican city would merely bring more of the same.
sometimes, i write posts that are high risk.
this is one of them. but despite the potential for an offensive statement or two in the comments box, this is something we need to talk about.
recently, the coca-cola company had a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t clip of gay couples in its super bowl ad. it was brief, but it was there.
kinda like Frozen.
chevy did something similar during the winter olympics – but each of these were subtle and fast enough to not be noticed by most folks grabbing another handful of chips or taking a sip from their favorite beverage.
but now, Honey Maid graham crackers has ushered in a new era of gay-friendly advertising – one that is unashamedly inclusive of non-traditional families – and the fallout is almost certain to cause quite a stir from some folks.
regardless of the nature of our diversity, we’re all human. the differences between us are ones of degree, not category.
storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
it’s been quite some time since i flew out to laguna beach to spend a few days with rob bell. i wrote briefly about the fact that i was gong to the 2Days with Rob micro-conferences put on by the evangelical black sheep, and mentioned in a few posts (here, here and here) that it was an incredibly encouraging time where i connected deeply with a number of folks.
if you’ve paid close enough attention to my blog, you might have even realized that i’m actually even keeping up with his tumblr blog (and encourage you to do the same ) – evidence of a lasting influence created in such a short time together.
but i’ve not yet revealed what i learned.
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.