We have been suggesting people re-consider Black Friday and the whole consumeristic atmosphere around Christmas. Touting the Advent Conspiracy, Heifer International among other options we want to subvert this kind of tragedy.
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You could say I pound the table for Leonard Pitts, Jr. It is not that I always agree with him. But, it is that he is always thoughtful. Leonard offers these thoughts in a recent column,
”Well, not you per se,” I admitted. ‘It’s about this atheist group, the American Humanist Association. They stirred up folks in Washington, D.C., recently by running a billboard on the buses. It said, `Why believe in a god?’ ”
God was curious, so I passed Him the computer. Just then, the plane lurched violently. The guy next to me spilled his drink and muttered a curse. God paid no attention. When He finished reading, He passed the computer back. ”That’s not about me,” He said. “It’s about defending their right to free speech.”
I recall a participating in a conversation where Len Sweet described the need to take risks. He noted that Jesus was not risk averse. The illustration he used concerned our oft used idiom as someone heads for any destination – “Be careful.”
The phrase conjured images of “don’t take a risk” for Sweet. When we are too careful we do nothing. We tend to be paralyzed by fear. Most often when it comes to following Jesus we are stricken with the thought, “What will they think?” Interesting, some will discourage others from doing something completely radical suggesting it too dangerous. Fearing keeps us from the first step. Reminds me of Peter seeing Jesus on the water. Fear kept others in the boat. Careful would have said, “Stay in the confines of the boat until Jesus walks over to us.” Careful does not offer a measure of faithfulness.Continue Reading …
Some days you just get lost in your thoughts. This may be the video for you. I am really enjoying Jon Hopkins lately.
The question is not “Who is my neighbor or who is the the least of these?” What is the question?