Earlier this week I was seeing and reading the first reports of the earthquake in Haiti and at almost the same time confronted with video of Christian “leaders” (quotes indicate sarcasm) like Pat Robertson painting those same earthquake victims as God-less scum. Suffice to say, I found it hard to contain myself, and didn’t…
I recently read this blog post by author Brian Mclaren and it helped me a lot. I find that when in ministry you become an easy target for people to fire at… and despite repeated mantras of “It’s almost never about you,” or “Don’t take it personally,” it is still an ongoing struggle to absorb that kind of “surprisingly vicious, factually irresponsible, and admirably persistent” criticism (quote per Brian’s post). Hope this helps you as much as it did me!
Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business.
Maybe your passion is with the people of Africa, or possibly somewhere else… China, Guatemala, or the streets of Washington D.C., Detroit, or your own city… but wherever your heart is, remember those people first as we progress through this holiday season. Seek to set aside the cultural drive to spend inordinate amounts of money and time on “great deals” and “black friday doorbusters.” Rather, allow God to expand your worldview… use you to express love to the least… give hope to the hopeless… pray WITH those who are in need.
I just wanted to draw attention to the blog of a good pastor friend of mine… Charlie Farnum regularly gives his thoughts as he explores the lectionary in a way that relates well to contemporary thinkers and believers. His blog is a great tool to those who want to explore marking time through the Christian year… exploring a deeper spirituality both in study and action. Check it out today! I just wanted to draw attention to the blog of a good pastor friend of mine… Charlie Farnum regularly gives his thoughts as he explores the lectionary in a way that relates well to contemporary thinkers and believers. His blog is a great tool to those who want to explore marking time through the Christian year… exploring a deeper spirituality both in study and action. Check it out today! http://lectionary-cdf.blogspot.com/
I recently had a church member ask me if the ear plugs (3/4″ for you piercing aficionados) that I wear were pentagrams… as they are a star inside a circle. I found this an interesting question, as it is loaded with implication… mostly down the road that pentagrams, or five pointed stars, are the representation of evil.
Let’s unpack that very briefly…
Just because someone plays electric guitar with intensity does not mean that they want to be a famous rock star. True Christian relationships mean that you have an intimate community… and only in that kind of close-knit love can you offer genuine criticisms that edify instead of tear-down. Worship leaders are just people on a journey like anyone else.
The CARS program is only for those with a solid middle class or higher income. These are the people who can typically afford to purchase vehicles on an as-needed (but maybe not “as-wanted” basis). Why do we need to subsidize those who already have the means to function comfortably? Oh yeah… because we need to create a false market to boost business for an otherwise failing industry… with tax dollars…
Total lack of respect for human beings… the mainline view of TV and radio “news network” hosts.
Christians in churches often ask me, “why do you have all of those piercings?” Often their question smacks of a bit of shock and disgust along with curiosity.
Almost always my reply is, “This is not for you, but please consider those that it might be for. God loves all different kinds of people.”