Month: September 2008

Yellow – My Favorite Color – Coldplay

Sometimes a love song while thinking of your wife is a good way to begin Monday. And, it does not hurt my favorite color is yellow.

The Loss of Truth Affects Us All

Leonard Pitts Jr. offers a solid reflection on the toll political sniping takes on truth. It seems anyone may now purport to be another person, write a scandalous piece and mis-represent the truth. When that hit Pitss he wrote,

The brazenness of it struck me. That, and a self-preservationist streak that said, if they can do it to her, they can do it to me.

My friend Ed Stetzer calls attention to how often we break the ninth commandment – Christians that is. We “bear false witness” thinking it is not as bad as, say, murder. But, when we lose the truth in the slough of innuendo it just as well have been murder. The violent act steals not just identity, as in Pitts conveying the instance of Maureen Dowd. No, it steals the process of educating an electorate. Sound bites and spin doctoring obscures the view to an educated decision.

Pitts’ pulled quote above reminds us all – we are not immune.

What do you think? What story could you share of (mis)representation?

Compared to What? – Thoughts from The Edge

In this week’s edition of Thoughts from the Edge, I offer some thoughts on a recent rant by Michael Spencer, a.k.a. internetmonk. You can read the post here. I find a place to tie in a reflection on the Gospel text for this coming Sunday found in Matthew 20.

Stetzer on the Recent “Church Basement Roadshow”

How to have a conversation? One of my personal complaints is the tone and tenor when it comes to those in the Church having a conversation where opinions differ. While the context is certainly different, I am reminded of Romans 14 where opinions are to be held with the other person in mind. Despising and judging leads to fragmentation. I do not think Paul suggests an “agreeing to disagree.” Instead, he eventually comes down noting opinions will be addressed with a bowed knee and not to another person, but to Jesus. It is a scary thought that both could be right. In fact, in my tribe that approaches heresy. But, in the case of strongly held positions neither weak nor strong were celebrated by Paul. Rather they were both given instruction to regard as brothers/sisters those with whom our opinion varies.

Many will contend the theology of the emerging church – whatever that is and determined by whom – is in error. Better to have a conversation about it rather than make summary judgments about brothers and sisters without a conversation. Too many have already committed that error. In fact, the practice does not stop with determining what is and how we agree with those in the emerging church, but recent Lifeway research (and a few conferences) point up this is the case with the current Reformed trend among Southern Baptists.

In this piece I think Ed comes close to describing the kind of conversation that should be shared among brothers/sisters noted by Scot McKnight. And, since I am reading Rollins and cannot get his theological proposal out of my mind, I would add we must all be careful of ideological idolatry when speaking about God – while revealed in Jesus, the Triune God is also concealed in Jesus.

Tony’s Rollinseque Turn on Relgion Beyond Religion

Call me obsessed. But, reading Tony’s post this morning gave a great illustration of a very good Peter Rollins phrase. Too many times there are more illustrations of religion beyond religion than religion connecting people with God. What do you think?