pastors – you are not responsible for what people in your pews believe; but you are responsible for what messages they hear from your pulpit.
in what feels like a former life, i used to be a high school youth pastor – and while i can’t say it was a great fit, i must admit i sure did learn a lot while studying at my alma mater to become one.
since those days at moody bible institute, i’ve also learned that a lot of what they taught me in bible college about theology and students and ministry principles based on research and a culture born out of the ’60s and ’70s didn’t work all that well when i was engaging with students born in the 21st century.
‘what makes the gospel offensive is not who it leaves OUT;
what makes the gospel offensive is who it lets IN.’
i’m not really a fan of tumblr.
i have one, which i rarely check and even more rarely use. i suppose for some it’s a great blogging platform; but for me, i’ll stick with wordpress.
i just cant get on the tumblr train. it feels too much like an app, and seems to be designed more for images than text (if i see another .GIF image about harry potter or marvel comics my head might just explode). besides, i think i’d prefer to let folks comment without having to sign-up. feels a bit too much like church membership to me (a subject i’m bound to get myself in trouble with in my book).
that said, there’s one person’s tumblr that i just can’t get enough of :: Continue Reading…
fun fact ::
in the four gospels, jesus crosses both cultural and religious boundaries repeatedly – over 45 separate examples – in an effort to stand in solidarity with the Other.
that’s a lot of examples. perhaps even too many to ignore.
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 10 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 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.