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.
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.
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.
i’m less interested in hearing what someone is against than i am in hearing what someone is for.
it’s for that reason that i’m compelled to tell a better story – to define myself not as what i want to fight, but rather what i support. i think that’s better news. Continue Reading…
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?
you may have heard about this.
during the always entertaining Grammy Award ceremony, the loudest performance was not Katy Perry being accused of doing actual witchcraft on stage, nor Pink doing her typical yet impressive ribbon dancing performance or even the power couple Beyoncé and Jay Z opening the show with a ridiculously risqúe duet with lyrics that act as a modern day song of solomon; rather, it was quadruple Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing their breakout hit ‘Same Love’ – an anthem for same sex marriage advocates – as Queen Latifah joined them and Mary Lambart (and eventually Madonna) on stage to legally perform 33 weddings – gay, straight and interracial – simultaneously as part of the performance.
enter the outrage.
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…