There is a website that will dig through your archive of Facebook Status updates and generate new potential status updates you could post by mashing together parts of old posts. There were some pretty good ones that were actually pretty accurate (though most were really weird). Below are a few of the ones I found funny. You can get your own by going to their site – what-would-i-say.com
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Your Church can’t become Missional
Missional is not another word for outreach, it is not a program you add, and it is not something you choose people to do. It is the ethos of a community.
A driving force of a missional church is the belief that God has gone before them, is present, active, and inviting the church into what He is already doing. God doesn’t follow us. Instead our attentiveness leads us into what He is doing and prepares us to be present in what He is doing the lives of others.
The 3 Biggest Challenges to Evangelicalism
A lot of very interesting things are happening right now in the evangelical movement in the western world. As far as I am able to tell, this movement has enjoyed a level of prominence over the last several decades as the growing voice of the non-Catholic church in the eyes of the media and public. Watching the unfolding drama at my alma mater – Bethel Seminary – has been revealing and insightful. The gap between the present and the future seems larger to me now than ever before. These three issues I believe will prove the hardest points during this period.
Evolution has space in Scripture
Very astute observations about how we can manipulate the Bible by asking questions that are assumed today, that the authors of the text weren’t addressing. This is part of the reason why many fundamentalists assume Evolution to be untrue, and why they mis-understand the beginning and end of time (in my opinion – obviously since this is my blog).
As always, if you are unfamiliar with N.T. Wright I would highly suggest you familiarize yourself. He is a fantastic biblical scholar and is one of the best of our age.
When the Bible Changed for Me
Over the past several years there was a subtle shift that occurred in how I see Scripture and the bible. It was so subtle that I only noticed it through conversations with family and friends. I think that I now have a bit of an understanding of what two key things changed for me. The result has been a more humble approach to handling the bible, a more accepting posture towards differing opinions, and more compassion with people who are also wrestling with God. So what two ideas changed the way I read scripture? Continue reading “When the Bible Changed for Me” »
In Solidarity with Us
It’s almost incomprehensible that the cosmic God of all things could allow evil to be inflicted upon others. As bombs explode, buildings crumble, seas rush in, or bullets tear through streets we ask questions of a God who seems disinterested and distant. We’ve been told that we’re exceptional in Gods eyes and have taken this to mean that evil will pass us over, but we know it does not.
Darkness marches forward violently confronting light everywhere. Continue reading “In Solidarity with Us” »
The Life of my Discontent
Hope is contingent on discontentment. Though every aspect of life attempts to content me. Telling me that if I just do X, achieve Y or buy Z then some/all of that discontent will be taken away. But what if we were called to live into our discontentment so that we might long for an audacious hope beyond reason, means, or reality.
To look back upon the gospels and realize that Jesus had the ability and means to render any outcome possible in any situation yet almost never did so. He preferred to allow people a glimpse of heaven breaking in and gave them a choice. To ruin your life with the hope that heaven will break into our midst but once more, or to seek contentment in the XYZ’s of life. To be ruined is irreversible, and places hope along side discontentment in the core of my spirit.
Have you been ruined for the next glimpse of heaven and the kingdom being made real before your eyes?
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End Times and Djesus Unchained
Whenever SNL does a short it is going to be over the top satire. That is their style, and they have done a really good job with it over the last couple years. Last weekend they unveiled a new short (embedded below) called Djesus Unchained. It showed a vengeful Jesus who has raised from the dead, killing as many romans as possible.
The humor here comes from how opposite this stands from the peaceful and non-violent image the gospels give us, right up to his death. The most powerful image for be took place in the garden when Peter cut the ear off the solider, and Jesus healed the main to, in my understanding, get peter off the hook for his brash action.
Yet in this short, I see so much of what many of my Christian peers believe Jesus will be like when he returns. A man who is vengeful and full of blood lust. In this short it is easy to see how out of character it would be for God to act this way, and how it goes against so much of his own teaching.
Take 2 minutes to watch the short, and let me know what your thinking in the comments.
Hope Abounds for those Bound in Fear
A hope abounds for those bound in fear, born from a love that chooses to dwell in the midst of fear and uncertainty. It is unknown to those who insist in the face of the mountain of life that they are capable and able to climb. It is unknown to those who suppress their knowledge of themselves. It is unknown to those who seek escape from the feeling that something is not right with the world, with their world.
There is a hope that exists for those who choose to rest in the chaos of their own soul. Discovering the peace that exists right beneath the waves, we find ourselves in the company of Jesus who likewise chose to be crushed and broken. To know him, and those like him who have willfully accepted the broken heart of God and find themselves with a heart breaking for more than before.
Our world tells us that a life without brokenness or pain is the goal. My experience with God tells me that the goal is to be true to every broken piece of glass that has pierced my being, allowing some to be tenderly removed while others stay painfully present. Those points of pain that remain become cherished intimate points where our heart knows God’s.
The world may never understand, and the beautiful thing is your soul and heart won’t care. What once felt like living beneath the waves is inexplicably transformed into resting tranquilly upon a mountainside. The secret is to dive in, and give yourself over to what God is doing in you.
Photo Credit: SergioTudela
Of Course they will Judge You
Before we divulge or reveal something which pulses anxiety through our system we often prefixed by saying “Don’t judge me…” It’s interesting how quickly we devalue the other. Almost as if we assume they wouldn’t care to know us, so we do not even give them the opportunity to ask why we are quirky and believe something culturally unacceptable.
Instead we might say “Don’t hold it against me.” It implies that we expect the relationship to continue, to go deeper, and further. It acts almost as an invitation into my life to understand why I believe something you might have objection to. Often I think we really don’t want the discourse, and passively push others away because being well known is too hard – and far too risky.
This is exactly where intimate community and transformation begin.
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