‘i don’t go around fire expecting not to sweat.’
— Lil Wayne
it’s going to be a busy week…time to get. shit. done.
of course, just before the weekend, OPEN announced our OPEN Faith conference website went LIVE – openfaith2016.org – reflecting countless hours of work and years of building and investing in relationships built around the country amongst our rapidly expanding network of friends – each of us interested in exploring just and generous ways of being christian and living a life defined by Love.
this is going to be one hell of a conference.
the number of people involved in ‘pulling off’ that event with a shoestring budget is nothing short of inspiring – i’m humbled to be counted among them (seriously, check out the site. poke around. kick its tires. if you’re interested at all in progressive christianity and where it’s headed – this is an event you won’t want to miss – especially if you grew up evangelical).
part of that, of course, means that there are a few last-minute, loose ends to tie up – one of those being an amazing opportunity to visit with father richard rohr at the center for action and contemplation, and capture an interview for his own contribution of exclusive content at OPEN Faith.
‘all that is beautiful leads is to God. because God is good, God is beautiful. God is true.’
— pope francis
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.
‘when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.’
— nelson mandela
are you constantly watching and reading the news? i can’t stop.
i must admit i’ve always been a bit of a news junkie… just one of many vices i’ve learned to live with over the years.
i keep most of them in check, most of the time. really. you’d be surprised.
yet despite my most valiant efforts, i’ve not been able to ignore the recent saturation of political coverage following the GOP and DNC conventions, nor the steady decline in the emotional and intellectual integrity of much of our political discourse this election cycle.
what we’re witnessing has never before been seen in the history of american presidential politics.
this to be seems true not just on mainstream media, but in our online conversations as well. a markedly divided america is gearing up for the november election, and the contrast between the two candidates of the country’s major political parties and their vastly different visions for the future have created an environment of unprecedented agitation and aggression amongst their supporters.
there is an unusual frenzy around the upcoming presidential debates – it’s expected they’ll bring the largest international television viewing audience in history.
i know i’ll be watching.
‘the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.’
— rev. dr. martin luther king, jr.
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…
believe the better.