Our pattern is to offer a reflection on the Lectionary text for the coming Sunday. Today I offer some brief thougths about our weekend event, The Church As Missioanry. If you are in the area you are invited to come. You will find a schedule on the Snow Hill website – www.snowhill.org.
Archives for January 2009
There is litle doubt the interest in “global warming” stirred many to reconsider issues of “creation care.” More and more what we seem to be finding out is that we are not as smart as we think. In one more turn in the tale of human hubris it may be we have been thinking the climate is going the opposite way we thought. Makes you reconsider our “progress” to nail down cause-effect. Read here – World is getting colder.
In Michael Kimmel’s book Guyland he tells of the naming ceremony for his son. He quoted the poet Adrienne Rich,
“If I could have one wish for my sons, it is that they should have the courage of women.”
Leonard Pitts Jr. reflects on Shamsia’s return to school. He writes,
But if there is a distance between what happened there and what happens here, it is just variations on a theme: the need to delimit the lives of women and girls, to say you may become this, but not that, go here, but not there, come this far, but no farther.
And closes with,
So this story for women and girls — and for men and boys who want the fullness of life for them — is offered as simple inspiration, a reminder to be defiant and courageous when others want them to be stupid things. The moral of the story could have been very different, after all. Shamsia could have hidden her scarred face at her home, could have folded down her personality and aspirations until she became the small, scared thing those vicious men tried to make her.
But the world those men knew is falling down around them. So instead, Shamsia went back to class. And each day, the school bustles with the activity of more girls than it was designed to hold.
You should read the article in its entirety here.
Thanks to Mark for this video. When I heard some of the funding targets for the upcoming “stimulus” package proffered by our government, I wondered myself how some of these things were really going to get the economy moving. We gave banks money to give away. Instead, they shored up their own bottom lines and are merging with the savings. So, how is it giving to Planned Parenthood will stimulate the economy? You have to watch. (HT: Mark)
One of the words for wilderness in the Scriptures is the “place of no word.” Michael Spencer, a.k.a. Internet Monk, peers into the future and offers a challening persepctive on where Evangelicalism is headed. It could be called a place of no word – a wilderness. Many Southern Baptists do not consider themselves “evangelical.” But when reading Michael’s piece, it is hard to escape the parallel path these same folks have traveled that Spencer hightlights as errors in evangelicalism. What are your thoughts? Is iMonk spot on? Or, has he slipped into despairing and cynicism?