Archive for August 2013

Whether the church is a building and the traditions built there?

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Elie Wiesel once said: "I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." I believe I've received similar direction in answered prayer. Too often, though, Christians are silent in the face of bullying and marginalization of those on the other side of privilege. More often than we'd like to admit, Christians join the oppressors. All of this is sinful, the log in our eyes that stops us from clearly seeing others, must less serving them as Jesus taught and demonstrated.

Different Drummer: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Gameplan for upcoming Inappropriate Conversations

  1. The danger of remaining silent when it is time to speak up
  2. Can "Pride" for heterosexual friends simply be declaring, "I'm proud to know you"?
  3. Biblical illiteracy is a danger to all of us ... not just Christians, who widely suffer from this problem

Walk The Earth will address a couple of new questions, too

  • Whether the church is a building and the traditions built there?
  • Whether a sermon is fundamentally the sharing of Word and Witness?

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03Aug13

Whether membership at a local church is as eternal as being part of the body of Christ?

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Treating some in our midst as expendable is, sadly, a very human condition. Taking it as a challenge, though, I've realized that it's nearly impossible to find "pro-life" advocates who are capable of reducing our society's reliance upon abortion. Most seem more devoted to creating unwanted pregnancy than curtailing it. Worse, the focus is less about making a difference in the lives of women and their children and more about self-righteously proclaiming disapproval. It is heartbreaking for those of us who care about unborn children and also women who feel they cannot bear them. "Both" is a choice we are rarely asked to consider.

Different Drummer: Nanci Griffith

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