Thursday Threads, 2/21

BanksyBalloonGirl

This week I had plenty of down time at my Para desk to dive into the greatest reads of the week. If you have a smart phone, I HIGHLY recommend getting the Pulse app, it has made my blog browsing so much easier. Anyhow, don’t have much more to say than that except, read each and every one of these pieces!

 


 

Something Relatable

Donald Miller, How I Learned to Not be Overwhelmed

Henry was working (or not working) on his doctoral dissertation and, like me, found himself frozen by the magnitude of the project. And so rather than diving in, he went and played golf. And he played a lot of golf. But as the deadline drew closer, and his stress levels increased, Henry got worried. And so he began to pray.


Easy Favorite this Week

Shawn at A Deeper Story, Why the Church Should Quiet Down

We marvel at what we see inside the split wood: there, buried in long, porous holes now cut lengthwise, are hundreds, thousands, of large black ants. They are hibernating for the winter – when I breath on a section of wood, the warmth coaxes them to life. Their bodies writhe like smoke, twisting, rising.

Those ants know the value of a season of silence. They understand the importance of waiting. There is a time for scurrying and working and gnawing, a time for digging and eating and moving.

But there is also a time for stillness. A time for silence. A time for waiting.


Anonymous goes Public, bravo!

Kevin Aimes Comes Out, by Nathan Kennedy

Handling those issues on this blog will continue. But one of the major changes to expect on this blog is that it will become more diversified in content, including some tidbits about personal stuff, poetry, random topics, and especially music. I’m more than my sexual orientation, and you will start seeing more of me. Also, even with the more theological stuff, you’ll start seeing more theology of the home-grown variety.


Nice Save (after fundamentalist Christians commentees tarred and feathered Rachel Held Evans good name. Really hard to watch.)

Kristen at Juicy Ecumenism, A Response to “Rachel Held Evans: An Evolved “Evangelical””

First, thank you, Rachel for taking the time to respond. I was traveling this weekend and just now had a chance to review the comments, and I agree with you, many of them are hurtful and unproductive. Certainly not reflective of what a Christ honoring community should be. The intent of the original post was not at all to attack you or elicit attacks from others. Our job at IRD is to observe and report on trends within the Church, so that was my intent in writing about your talks in Williamsburg. I welcome discussion about the substance of your message, but do not condone the assumptions about and attacks on your character.


So committed to this series. It is intelligent and life-giving. I need this kind of study in my day to day.

Kevin Shoop at ShoopScope, Gospel Blog: Matthew 5:27-48

It dawned on me as I read through the remaining verses of Matthew 5 that Jesus, by starting each command with a teaching from the Law, is showing how the religious leaders of the day don’t even come close to the holiness and perfection of God. So while these impossible commands are meant to crush and to haunt, how much more crushing and haunting are they to the religious leaders of the day who felt they had all the answers? For any Pharisees who might have been listening, this must have been like a slap in the face. Easy to see why these guys did NOT like Jesus.

Consistently impressed with Amy’s passion; this post got me fired up.

Amy Mitchell of Unchained Faith, “I’m not [Fill in the Blank] but…”

I hear all the freakin’ time that the only way to change anyone’s mind on an issue is to be polite, nice, grace-filled, understanding, and kind. I’ve heard the phrase “you’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar” more times than I care to count. You know what I say to that?

Who the hell wants to catch flies?

What I mean by that is that I don’t want to merely make people stop saying hateful things. Extending grace and being polite might momentarily make a person reconsider their words or their joke or the picture they put on Facebook (though not usually, in my experience). It does nothing to change the underlying attitude that caused the person’s initial action. If a person is unwilling to step aside and acknowledge their own privilege, fear, ignorance, or distrust, then it doesn’t matter at all how I phrase things.


(There were actually a lot of incredible comments this week. I can’t tell you how much they meant to me. So affirming, so loving, so gracious. Thank you all.)

But this week, I gotta say, Kevin Shoop takes the cake.

That is an AWESOME description of truly righteous anger! **standing ovation/clapping wildly**
My own opinion is that the anger we should be “slow to” is the more petty variety–people and situations that invade on our own comfort or selfishness. Even then, we should feel our anger fully and try to understand it, not just push it down. But the anger you experienced here? Man, that is Jesus-knocking-tables-over anger. Thanks for this!!!


Prayer Request

Purpose

Love you guys more every day,

RR