Initially, I wanted to save some money and some time. And I didn’t care how it looked. But while I trimmed my own hair with Conair clippers, I wondered why I couldn’t just give the money I saved to the homeless. Now, I know that the clippers themselves cost money. But if you factor in the… Continue reading Haircutting for Friends without Homes.
You don’t have to stretch or squeeze into one of only two positions within Christian orthodoxy, based on whether it’s easier for you to stretch or squeeze. You fit where you fit, and God is very much in favor of a healthy, all-encompassing life, as well as making sure you can continue on the journey towards fulfillment in Christ. Not to mention the fact that he doesn’t really play our games of “limiting” him or “defining” him beyond what he himself reveals.
OK. As you may know, I am very much a “middle of the road” man; theology, justice, translation, church polity, whatever-have-you. So don’t take this the wrong way: Arizona is about to pass something that is very much NOT “middle of the road” when it comes to immigration policy.
I am super-excited about a book that’s already been named the top resource for church social justice for the year. It’s subtitled Small Steps for a Better World, and it’s written (woot-woot) by an Evangelical Covenant pastor.
If anyone wants to read this with me and discuss it, I want to read and post about it. So the more community input, the better! Write me and let me know: email@example.com.
Blessings and justice for all! 🙂
What’s really the value of liturgy? Is it some kind of hindrance to God, or is it a grace-door to experience him?
This isn’t going to be answered in a post, so hopefully I will stay away from rambling. That said, I think the question of how a Christian approaches liturgy matters for a good portion of their walk in the Faith.
Here is a novel idea: when someone makes errors, they always make errors.
Not a common thought, is it? But you’ll hear that from news that tends to capitalize and sensationalize the UN’s group to evaluate climate change.
Churches usually have a few different ways of approaching ministry. Some see it as a temporary empowerment; others see it as lifelong community guidance. Most of the former tend to be your independent, non-denom, and sometimes Baptist churches. The latter tend to be the more liturgical, historical branches of the Faith, like Lutherans, Anglicans and… Continue reading “That ‘Parish’ Mindset”
“These are the parts of the church that frighten me.” – Pastor Ryan Bailey Just hours ago, I learned that Dr. Bruce K. Waltke (evangelical scholar, commentator, impetus for many Reformed theological developments) was coerced into resigning from his seminary. The reaction I see is mixed–of the same side of emotion: anger, fear, resentment, disbelief, shock,… Continue reading The Waltke Waltz
God’s intended relationship between all believers is like a tapestry, or a prayer shawl: every thread keeps its color and length, but still it must be flexible to interweave with the others.
And that’s when I realized the idea I mentioned above about the poor. They are often quite literally “stuck.” They have little way to survive without saving as much money as possible; and yet in order to save that money, many of them have to buy from people that would directly or indirectly take advantage of them. So what can they actually do to help their own circumstances?
“I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world” – Thomas Edison Just before Palm Sunday, I was hit with a rush of devastating news. It seems quite a few of my friends were not kept from their own pockets of it, either. Broken… Continue reading “The Lord Needs It”