We are people of unpresumptuous faith. We are everywhere. And we are not interested in perpetuating your unnecessary suffering. +MSH
“Oh really?” I am willing to bet this was Judas’ thought when Jesus rebuked him here. Judas rebukes a woman pouring perfume on Jesus just days before His death, perfume that cost literally a year’s worth of wages. Judas claims that the money for the perfume could have been given to “the poor.” But Judas also regularly dips into the poverty fund for himself, making it obvious that this is more about greed and self-importance than helping anyone.
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.
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! 🙂
Creation Care is about acting as one in a faithful community, to restore God’s creation from the brokenness that our own wrongs have caused. The greatness about this is that God already enables and empowers us because we identify with Jesus. So we don’t have to worry about how often we fail, when we really identify with Jesus. And we don’t have to be intimidated by the enormity of restoring creation as much as possible, because we identify with Jesus. Jesus is our comfort, our strength, our joy, our empowerment, our freedom, our restoration.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, he was essentially proclaiming peace and justice at the same time by his coming sacrifice. As Christians, we seek to proclaim that same sacrifice; but to many of us, that means we also must seek to proclaim the same standards of peace and justice, as he did.
I don’t usually post randomly to this blog, but something I saw this morning really riles me up: “social” does not mean “socialist.”
Mmmm…. CostCo. Have you ever been at the CostCo warehouse stores? They are rather big here in California, and my, what a treat. Everything is stacked high, large quantities, low prices-per-piece, goods for all kinds of imaginable purposes and plenty of free food samples on a weekend. I was fortunate enough to go there to purchase,… Continue reading FairTradia: The Land Where “Price” Does Not Equal “Profit”
When is a church not a “church”? When it’s by itself…
… I believe Characteristic #1 of the Present-Generation Church is “Ecumenical.” Those in my generation, mostly, see a great need to find common ground, a strong yearning for the fruit of a whole vine. Jesus was always sharing meals with people; even the ones society around Him thought were detestable, and would contaminate a person. Well, might I say that there’s no larger or better banquet than a potluck.
Without peace for the land, the poor go hungry.
“Creation Care” is the future of the Church, if the Church will obey God in their entrusted responsibilities. Once again: being responsible is more important than theological bias, or even comfortable “relationships”.