“When a believer has fallen into a low, sad state of feeling, he often tries to lift himself out of it by chastening himself with dark and doleful fears. Such is not the way to rise from the dust, but to continue in it. It is not the law, but the gospel which saves the seeking soul at first; and it is not a legal bondage, but gospel liberty which can restore the fainting believer afterwards. Slavish fear brings not back the backslider to God, but the sweet wooings of love allure him to Jesus’ bosom…Whatever good quality there is in divine grace, you shall enjoy it to the full. All the riches of divine grace you shall receive in plenty; you shall be as it were drenched with it: and as sometimes the meadows become flooded by the bursting rivers, and the fields are turned into pools, so shall you be — the thirsty land shall be springs of water.”
“Courageous manliness is personified in the story of Gaius Mucius, a noble Roman youth from the early Republic. An Etruscan king named Porsenna had besieged Rome by garrisoning his soldiers around the city. Gaius Mucius asked the Roman senators for permission to slip into the Etruscan camp and kill Porsenna. He killed Porsenna’s secretary by mistake, and he was captured by the king’s bodyguards. Gaius Mucius said to the king:
“I am Gaius Mucius, a citizen of Rome. I came here as an enemy to kill my enemy, and I am as ready to die as I am to kill. We Romans act bravely and, when adversity strikes, we suffer bravely. Nor am I the only one who feels this way; behind me stands a line of those who seek the same honour.” [*]
Porsenna threatened to throw Gaius Mucius into the fire. Gaius Mucius responded by thrusting his own hand into the fire. As his hand burned, he said:
“Look upon me and realize what a paltry thing the body is for those who seek great glory.” [*]
Porsenna told Gaius Mucius that, were he a member of his own tribe, he would commend him for his bravery. Gaius Mucius was released, but he told Porsenna that there were three hundred other Romans who would be willing to sacrifice themselves as he had to save their city, and that if the siege of Rome persisted, sooner or later one of them would manage to succeed in killing the king. Porsenna sent an envoy to the Romans, offering peace terms. Gaius Mucius earned the nickname “Scaevola,” meaning “left-handed,” after losing his right hand to the fire.”
-Jack Donovan’s book: The Way of Men
I used this story in our ManKamp final gathering to ignite the courage needed to pursue Jude 1:23 “…save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”
An example of men moved by God’s love for men, daring to get into the fire for the purposes of God.
*Livy. The Rise of Rome: Books One to Five (Bks. 1-5) Book 2: 12.
[Bronze statue of Gaius Mucius Scaevola by German sculptor Wilhelm Kumm (1861-?)]
Farmer Amos (Amos 7:14-15)
(wow, I can relate to this…)
Kimberle Crenshaw, in her article Intersectionality and Identity Politics: Learning from Violence Against Women of Color. (via supreme-shieldmaiden)
when kimberle crenshaw speaks, you fucking listen. this is the incredible black woman who is responsible for creating the term intersectionality.
link to the article http://multipleidentitieslgbtq.wiki.westga.edu/file/view/Crenshaw1991.pdf
I’m stunned by this statistic…it breaks my heart.
I have watched three of the series put out by Wanderlust Films(http://www.wpfilm.com) on the activity, ministry and presence of the Holy Ghost and wanted to give a few thoughts in reflection of their recent film: ‘HOLY GHOST’ (http://holyghost.wpfilm.com).
I think the recent film: ‘HOLY GHOST’ is probably the most accessible of the three films to a more general audience that isn’t charismatic or pentecostal in experience or upbringing. I am a Charismatic, which in classic definition simply means, I believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today and their activity and use didn’t cease after the Apostles died, and that the evidence of the presence and power of the Spirit in the believer’s life is a multitude of gifts, not just speaking tongues. This last point about ‘tongues as the evidence’ is the classical Pentecostal distinctive that designates probably the main difference between Charismatics and Pentecostals.
I share that information, simply to say, I am speaking from within the camp of those who believe, pray and move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I deeply believe that the church must keep the Word & the Spirit together in practice, doctrine and mission.
I’ll start by reminding us of Paul’s word’s to the believers in Thessalonica:
“Never damp the fire of the Spirit, and never despise what is spoken in the name of the Lord. By all means use your judgement, and hold on to whatever is really good, Steer clear of evil in any form.” -1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
Here’s my bullet points for those who want a quick review:
A quote from Henri Nouwen in The Return of the Prodigal:
“Can the elder son in me come home? Can I be found as the younger son was found? How can I return when I am lost in resentment, when I am caught in jealousy, when I am imprisoned in obedience and duty lived out as slavery? It is clear that alone, by myself, I cannot find myself. More daunting than healing myself as the younger son, is healing myself as the elder son. Confronted here with the impossibility of self-redemption, I now understand Jesus’ words to Nicodemus: ‘Do not be surprised when I say; ‘You must be born from above.’’ Indeed, something has to happen that I myself cannot cause to happen. I cannot be reborn from below; that is, with my own strength, with my own mind with my own psychological insights…I can only be healed from above, from where God reaches down. What is impossible for me is possible for God. ‘With God, everything is possible’.”