"Let us press on to know the Lord, He will come to us like the winter rains. -Hosea 6:3
I had this image of rain falling during worship today. We’ve been blessed with some wonderful rising and deepening levels of experience in God’s presence the last few Sundays. There’s a phenomena of Divine expectation invading our gathered times. So excited to see what’s unfolding!
Spears, Whores and the Fall & Take Down of Mark Driscoll
"One of Israel’s greatest leaders was prone to dangerous fits of explosive anger, degrading and dehumanizing cursing of people close to him and a presumptuous posture of pride that eventually resulted in the kingdom being torn away from him (1 Samuel 18:10-12/15:24-31)."
Read my full article here: http://spokanefavs.com/spears-whores-and-the-fall-take-down-of-mark-driscoll/
As Jesus’s parable in Matthew 22:1-4 opens we are welcomed into the familiar fairytale like atmosphere of a grand party, a bountiful feast and an exciting, red carpet invitation to the ‘A’ list of ‘who’s who’ in the kingdom. It’s the type of event that defines who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out’. We all know that the welcome always comes first to those who are most important when it comes to a beautiful kingdom wedding.
But we are quickly introduced to the absurd. Rejections, excuses and a list of somewhat reasonable refusals that slowly start to nudge us into an uncomfortable self-consciousness.
Then something shocking happens…violence breaks out.
“Any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without creative concern and effective cooperation in helping the poor to live with dignity and reaching out to everyone, will also risk breaking down, however much it may talk about social issues or criticize governments. It will easily drift into a spiritual worldliness camouflaged by religious practices, unproductive meetings and empty talk.”—Pope Francis, p:207 in Apostolic Exhortation” http://bit.ly/Q9ypf7
"This (spiritual) worldliness can be fueled in two deeply interrelated ways. One is the attraction of gnosticism, a purely subjective faith whose only interest is a certain experience or a set of ideas and bits of information which are meant to console and enlighten, but which ultimately keep one imprisoned in his or her own thoughts and feelings.
The other is the self-absorbed promethean neopelagianism of those who ultimately trust only in their own powers and feel superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past. A supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline leads instead to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others, and instead of opening the door to grace, one exhausts his or her energies in inspecting and verifying. In neither case is one really concerned about Jesus Christ or others. These are manifestations of an anthropocentric immanentism. It is impossible to think that a genuine evangelizing thrust could emerge from these adulterated forms of Christianity.”
Read the whole “No to Spiritual Worldliness” in section 93-97 in his: “Apostolic Exhortation” http://bit.ly/Q9ypf7
“Places like waterfalls and beaches where negative ions are naturally produced can have a negative ion concentration of up to 10,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter whereas busy cities can have negative ion levels as low as 100 ions per cubic centimeter.”—(I thought that was an interesting piece of data)
“…simply be present and attentive to what is there conversationally, as respectful of the ordinary as we are of the critical. Some insights are only accessible while laughing. Others arrive only by indirection. Art is involved here. Art means that we give ourselves to the encounter, to the occasion, not condescendingly and not grudgingly but creatively. We’re not trying to make something happen but to be part of what is happening—without being in control of it…”—Eugene Peterson, The ministry of Small Talk
“What would Jesus do to ISIS?” That’s a question many Christian’s are asking in debates about how to respond to the international crisis of ISIS and their barbaric rampage through Syria and Iraq.
“Like “duty,”“law,”“religion,” the word “vocation” has a dull ring to it, but in terms of what it means, it is really not dull at all. Vocare, to call, of course, and a man’s vocation is a man’s calling. It is the work that he is called to in this world , the thing that he is summoned to spend his life doing. We can speak of a man’s choosing his vocation, but perhaps it is at least as accurate to speak of a vocation’s choosing the man, of a call’s being given and a man’s hearing it, or not hearing it. And maybe that is the place to start: the business of listening and hearing. A man’s life is full of all sorts of voices calling him in all sorts of directions. Some of them are voices from inside and some of them are voices from outside. The more alive and alert we are, the more clamorous our lives are. Which do we listen to? What kind of voice do we listen for?”—Frederick Buechner (via contrariansoul)
“The prologue of the Gospel of John is a sort of inversion of Genesis that shows that it’s not God who expels mankind, as the scene in earthly paradise tells us, but mankind who expelled God.”—Rene Girard (via contrariansoul)
“Be like Hafiz: Get up and make an effort. Don’t lie around like a bum.
He who throws himself at the Beloved’s feet is like a workhorse and will be rewarded with boundless pastures and eternal rest.”—Hāfez (1325 –1389) Persian Mystical Poet. From: “Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved.
An Iraqi lawyer known for her work promoting women’s rights has been executed by Islamic State fighters, the head of the United Nations human rights office said on Thursday, continuing a pattern of attacks on professional women.
The lawyer, Sameera Salih Ali al-Nuaimy, was seized from her home by Islamic State fighters last week and tortured for several days before a masked firing squad executed her in public on Monday, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations human rightscommissioner, said in a statement.
Ms. Nuaimy had posted comments on her Facebook page condemning the “barbaric” bombing and destroying of mosques and shrines in Mosul, a northern Iraqi city, by the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL. She was convicted of apostasy by a “so-called court,” Mr. Zeid said, adding that her family had been barred from giving her a funeral.
“May we forget about ourselves. When we are intoxicated by his presence, we will feel that we can do miracles, that we can pass through fire and water, and that we can remain unafraid when thousands of swords are drawn against us. By his grace, we won’t fear anymore - neither life nor death, joy nor sorrow. We will be drunk with faith.”—Saint John of the Cross