i recently came across this tweet from stephanie drury.
— Stephanie Drury—SCCL (@StuffCCLikes) March 10, 2014
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 a deeply 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 - evidence of a lasting influence created in such a short time together.
but i’ve not yet revealed what i learned.
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…
and then this week, it hit home.
kansas attempted to pass a law which would allow the blanket discrimination of LGBT people, but failed. in arizona, legislation did pass, though it is likely to be vetoed by their governor (and even if not, will almost certainly be struck down as unconstitutional in the courts).
similar legislation was introduced in ohio, mississippi, idaho, south dakota, tennessee and oklahoma.
this is real, people.
tonight, the opening ceremony for the 2014 Olympics in sochi, russia will air here in america – but the action has already started. due to an increase in Olympic events this winter, the competition and television coverage got off to an early start yesterday – which meant my television was set to NBC for the majority of the evening.
my wife loves the Olympics – perhaps even more than scott hamilton himself. so, like many americans and others from countries around the world, our television will be glued to the action and we’ll be cheering for our favorite Olympic competitors in a way that is eerily reminiscent of The Hunger Games.
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?
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?