Sunday, April 20, 2014

We Were Risen!

Technically, we, too, were risen, along with Jesus, and seated at the right hand of the Father (Eph 2:4-6; 1:20). 

Oh, and by the way, we = all (Rom 5:18).

Also, note that the Father did not wait for anyone to "pray the prayer", to make us alive together with Christ (Eph 2:5). ;)

Happy Resurrection Sunday, to those who are celebrating.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Ten Thousand Kids in Two Days

"...a large number of so-called born again Christians treated their relationships with their kids like they were little more than a subscriptions to HBO. Sure, some people probably stopped sponsoring their kid and began sponsoring another kid through a different organization. But that’s not any better. A child sponsorship is not a product that can be returned and exchanged for a different brand. There’s nothing “moral” about using a kid as a bargaining chip to punish a Christian organization for making a decision that you don’t agree with. There’s nothing honoring about using children to force an organization’s hand. There’s nothing “pro life” about that. There’s nothing remotely “Christlike” about that. It’s downright disgusting, manipulative, and sad. If I was a Pentecostal, I might even call it demonic."  

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"May we wake up from our intolerant slumber…" - Matthew Paul Turner


Read the rest, here - Ten Thousand Kids in 2 Days

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Grocery Store


Bargaining Tools

"Christians can disagree about what the Bible says (or doesn’t say) about same-sex marriage. This is not an issue of orthodoxy. But when we begin using child sponsorships as bargaining tools in our debates, we’ve lost the way of Jesus.” - Rachel Held Evans,  



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I, too, watched this ugly episode in shock (but not too surprised), as it unfolded. This has to be the lowest point for evangelicalism, in recent history; if not, ever.

Valuable

"In the world, if the value of something is always determined by the price that was paid for it, and heaven went bankrupt to get you back, how dare you look in the mirror and say you're worthless?!"

- Todd White

Nobody likes to be manipulated or controlled...

"Nobody likes to be manipulated or controlled except for unhealthy people who exchange their submission for supposed protection." - Donald Miller

Read more, here.

The Mirror

"There’s only one interesting thing about Phelps: He was the mirror that respectable evangelicals hated to look into." - Frank Schaeffer

Read more, here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fear

"So much of religion seems to be about fear:  

fear of going to hell; 
fear of having bad theology; 
fear of not satisfying your end of the bargain so God will favor you and bless you; 
fear of others finding out how much you're not really like the person you project and pretend to be; 
fear of trusting your own inner guidance and fear of thinking for yourself; 
fear of not upholding the expectations of your religious sub-culture; 
fear of sexuality; 
fear of people who are different; fear of the world; 
fear of messing up; 
fear of not being good enough... spiritual enough... godly enough.  

I don't know which is worse - the way religion makes us afraid to die, or the way it makes us afraid to live."  

- Jim Palmer, Notes from (Over) The Edge

The secret of a good sermon...

“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, and to have the two as close together as possible.”   

- George Burns

Spirituality and Religion

“Spirituality is man’s relationship with the Divine. Religion is crowd control.”   

- Unknown