Therefore, Christian nonviolence is not a strategy to end war, though of course it certainly wants to make war less likely. Rather Christians are called to nonviolence in a world of war because they can do nothing less as faithful followers of Christ. Christian nonviolence is an eschatological position that reminds Christians that we live in a new age begun by Christ yet not yet consummated. -Stanley Hauerwas
“”Why do Christians sing when they are together? The reason is, quite simply, because in singing together it is possible for them to speak and pray the same Word at the same time; in other words, because they can unite in the Word.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer”—(via heminchang)
Spiritual but Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me.
"Being privately spiritual but not religious just doesn’t interest me. There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by oneself. What is interesting is doing this work in community, where other people might call you on stuff, or heaven forbid, disagree with you. Where life with God gets rich and provocative is when you dig deeply into a tradition that you did not invent all for yourself." (read the article)
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel and excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”—C.S. Lewis
"As much as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption, an independent panel investigating U.S. wartime spending estimates….The commission said calculating the exact amount lost through waste and fraud is difficult because there is no commonly accepted methodology for doing so. But using information it has gathered over the past three years, the commission said at least $31 billion has been lost and the total could be as high as $60 billion. The commission called the estimate "conservative."
“A man has control over many things in his life; he has control over enough things to be the hero of a novel. But if he had control over everything, there would be so much hero that there would be no novel. And the reason why the lives of the rich are at bottom so tame and uneventful is simply that they can choose the events. They are dull because they are omnipotent. They fail to feel adventures because they can make the adventures. The thing which keeps life romantic and full of fiery possibilities is the existence of these great plain limitations which force all of us to meet the things we do not like or do not expect.”—G.K. Chesterton, “On the Institution of the Family,”
"However, faith has its trials, as well as it’s answers. It is not to be imagined that the man of faith, having pushed out from the shore of circumstances, finds it all smooth and easy sailing. By no means. Again and again, he is called to encounter rough sea and stormy skies; but it is all graciously designed to lead him into deeper and more matured experience of what God is to the heart that confides in Him. Were the sky always without a cloud and the ocean without a ripple, the believer would not know so well that God with Whom he has to do; for alas, we know how prone that heart is to mistake the peace of circumstances for the peace of God. When everything is going on smoothly and pleasantly˜out property safe, our business prosperous, our children carrying themselves agreeably, our residence comfortable, our health excellent˜everything in short, just to our mind, how apt we are to mistake the peace which reposes upon such circumstances for that peace which flows from the realized presence of Christ."
-C.H. Mackintosh (1820-1896) was an Irish preacher, Bible expositor, and author. Active in the Irish Revival of 1859-1860.
OK, I read this ad for the upcoming Spokane Aids Network’s Walk in the Inlander today. Now, I don’t think I am that creatively challenged and consider myself fairly intuitive but I looked at this logo for a while and all I could think was why they would spell their logo “SIN”. I tried to think through it and even asked someone else what they saw when they looked at the image. At first all I could see was the positive image of black and then finally later this afternoon my Brain saw the negative image which contains the ‘A” in Spokane ‘AIDS’ Network. I’m a duffus…but I guess it does show that whoever created the logo should of thought that there were a few dunces out there that might read it wrong.
More than half of the US Senate’s membership, 54 lawmakers, reported a minimum net worth of more than 1 million. It’s hard for me to believe they are in touch with Main street USA more than Wall St. USA.
Help Us Touch Children's Lives in Umphang, Thailand
"Heal the sick." -Jesus (Matt. 10:8)
This little child on the left has ringworm, it’s just one of the many ailments facing refugees in refugee camps along the Thai/Burma Border. These children pictured are from a Refugee Camp about an hour from Umphang, where my brother Matt and his family live on mission for the advancement of the gospel and the coming of the Kingdom of God among Thai, Thai/Karen and many are very poor. Most people in this region are Buddhists and Animists but there’s a very small KaRen Christian church. There is no Thai church in Umphang…only the small home group my brother and wife Thanita started. It is exciting to partner with them because there is so much work to do in this region and the opportunity to see the gospel take root and grow in various villages, towns and camps is exciting. Suffering is a real part of life among the poor and health care is a critical need for displaced people in the area. Because they are not Thai citizens but are pushed out or flee Burma due to military violence and conflict; they have no legal access to medical care. Much of my brothers work is related to advocating for these people who desperately need help with a host of medical problems. The ministry of healing is a prayerful work and an act of skill. All of it can be furthered with funding from outside sources. If we give, many times that translates to peoples lives being touched, healed and strengthened.
“Poets are immersed in process, and I mean process not as an amorphous blur but as a discipline. The hard work of writing has taught me that in matters of the heart, such as writing, or faith, there is no right or wrong way to do it, but only the way of your life. Just paying attention will teach you what bears fruit and what doesn’t. But it will be necessary to revise—to doodle, scratch out, erase, even make a mess of things—in order to make it come out right.”—Kathleen Norris, The Cloister Walk
“Our spirit should be quick to reach out toward God, not only when it is engaged in meditation; at other times also, when it is carrying out its duties, caring for the needy, performing works of charity, or giving generously in the service of others. Our spirit should long for God and call him to mind, so that these works may be seasoned with the salt of God’s love, and so make a pleasing offering to the Lord of the universe.”—John Chrysostom, the year 349–407, Archbishop of Constantinople
“Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it true?’
At the second ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
At the third gate ask ‘Is it kind?’”—Sufi saying (via thefreenomad)
“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. there is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.”—Henry Miller (via thefreenomad)
I really enjoyed listening to part 1 & 2 of this podcast with Bob Ekblad on the way home from Oregon. Bob is executive director of Tierra Nueva and The People’s Seminary in Burlington, Washington. Tierra Nueva is an ecumenical ministry located in Burlington, Washington, that seeks to share the Good News of God’s liberation in Jesus Christ with migrant farmworkers, jail inmates, and Skagit Valley gang members. In the podcast he delves into the issue of how the ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential to work with marginalized people. There is some candid conversation that touches on matters of Spirit & Work that I rarely hear in most missional circles. Good stuff. Here is part two of the interview.