Seniors receiving assistance from the U.S. Government compare to animals in the wild. Stop feeding the animals, as the analogy goes, and you won’t have dependent human beings. Thank you, Oklahoma State GOP. Read More
The Duck Commander dustup inspired impassioned pleas to stand against Christian persecution. Rights became, and still are, the grounding of many arguments. But, what if the Church, and so Christians, were really persecuted. I mean to say what if our actions brought on the sort of scandal and persecution described by Oscar Romero,
We seem more intent to protect our Christians celebrity assets than anything else. We would be better off being scandalized for our investment and friendships in the very places Jesus’ actions brought on scorn and rejection.
It has been a quiet week here. Call it internal debriefing. One week in Guatemala will do that to you. That is, if you happen to notice the inescapable. While I continue cogitating on the systems in place, the resiliency of people, the heart of local pastors, and the insufferably short-sighted philosophy of a mission agency, you may be challenged by Bono’s latest TED Talk. He is now a factivist.
Maybe your schedule kept you from taking a look at these posts.
Choose Your Attack Ads Wisely – “Bono would like to see an attack ad on poverty.”
What You Aren’t, Maybe You Are – “I listened to a recent episode ofBusted Stuff with Trip Hudgins. He wonders if our penchant to say, “I’m not . . .,” doesn’t disclose more about us than we think. Put another way, we tend to create an empty space by pronouncing what we are not only to find in that created space what we are. And, maybe we learn what that is as we realize God is filling that very space.”
Thumping Me With Your Bible – “Today it seems more important to take Jesus’ conversation with Pilate as timely for a postmodern culture. Explications of “What is truth?” seem to miss Jesus who twice notes that his Kingdom is not of this world – does not come in the same way and does not look the same when it does. We tend to go all epistemological when Jesus goes eschatological.”
Buy Nothing Day – “At the end of the video there are some options for doing something different, even more constructive for Jesus-y people.”
Two for Whom I Am Thankful – “There are any number of people for whom I am thankful today. It is hard to narrow it down. But I am sure you will understand why I have chosen as I have.”