Brad sent me a link to this TED video. Once you get past the reality Adora is 12 years old, you will still be enamored with her grasp of what it would mean to learn from each other. What do you think?
Archives for April 2010
There is little doubt Peter’s experience with Cornelius brought the reality of reconciliation in Jesus to bear on his understanding of the way the world works. Old lines had been crossed. Former systems keeping people at bay had been formally challenged and practically outmoded. Surely this would be unsettling. Just how is this possible?
Restorative love. Peter may have recalled how Jesus reconstituted his own little world when on the beach he invited him to participate in the mission of God right where he was – not after he had matured. There was still much growing for Peter. Facing his own fears as he followed the lead of the Spirit to visit Cornelius he had to know that no one, even Gentiles, were outside of the love of God if he himself could be reconciled.Continue Reading …
Pastor Paul Burleson takes the occasion to point out just how conversations may devolve from what gift they could be to mutual understanding into a diatribe against another person. We are always in need of good illustrations of how these kinds of experiences may be handled. Recently it was affirming to witness Richard Hays and N.T. Wright embrace despite something of a rift that occurred in their responses to one another over their academic pursuits.
In this post Paul lifts out an event on Scot McKnight’s blog. The subject was being debated and turned uncharitable. Scot stepped in to do what he has suggested has been missing from Christian discussions – a mild but firm rebuke that aims to bring the tone back to a place of mutual help and conversation.
Too often the aim becomes “winning” so that everyone “loses.” If we followed Scot’s illustration we may find relationships win even when our personal sensibilities seem at irreconcilable odds.
Rick never asks anyone to do what he himself is not willing to do. He taught me this as I served with him in my first vocational staff position. Over the years he has assisted countless people because he positioned himself financially to be prepared to help. Once again Rick is inviting others to do what he himself has done. I re-post his recent appeal as an illustration. Should you take believe it something you would do, know this, Rick would never ask anyone to do what he has not done.Continue Reading …
A few years ago while in Spain we toured Barcelona. One of the fascinating sites was the Sagrada Familia under construction since 1882 and not expected to be complete until 2026. The finished product will reflect a number of architectural influences. For instance, the image to the left illustrates the influence of Antoni Gaudi – where we get “gaudy.” Once finished the structure will be something of an architectural symphony.
Wheaton College hosted N.T. Wright and a small circle of friends for their annual “Theology Conference” – “Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright.” Friday was given to Jesus and the People of God while Saturday focused on Paul and the People of God.
Some 1100 registrants enjoyed some outstanding papers, often presented rather creatively. Each presenter paid compliments to Bishop Tom and sought to offer a constructive critique to the theological project found in what some of us affectionately refer to as “his big books” – to date they are red, blue and green. These books as well as countless other writings comprise the “symphonic project” of N.T. Wright. He is able to write for the academy as well as for “everyman.” Often a person writes for one audience or the other and never the twain shall meet. But, with Wright, he melds these two gifts admirably.