Monday, October 31, 2005

Sermon for President Bush

Just a great link, to a post few days ago on our debate about President Bush, this is a good sermon encourage those of you that are intersted to read it.... Thanks Andrew for the link. http://www.faithmaps.org/bushsermon.htm

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

salvation


"So maybe salvation isn't something we ' get' and then consider the option of joining God in his grand mission. Salvation is what we experience and spread in the process of joining God in his grand mission. Of course this is not a works/earning/self-justification thing-it's all about God's grace from start to finish. But the focus moves from me to God, from my plan for myself to God's plan for the whole world (not just 'wonderful' plan for my life'?!)"
- Brian McLaren

What do you guys think?

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Church and State

Perhaps much of this comes from watching many documentaries and general observation of a way of life of our brothers to the south. It has been very frustrating to read articles like this in the news: “'George, go and end tyranny,' Bush says God instructed him”
Raina Delisle
CanWest News ServiceFriday, October 07, 2005
U.S. President George W. Bush allegedly told Palestinian leaders that God has guided his war against terrorism, a new documentary series reveals.
Bush said God advised him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and deputy prime minister Nabil Shaath say in the BBC-funded Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs.
In the film, the leaders recall their first meeting with Bush in 2003, and the president's promise to bring them a Palestinian state with God's blessing.
Shaath recalls: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I am driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, 'George, go and fi ght those terrorists in Afghanistan.' And I did, and then God would tell me, 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq.' And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, 'Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.' And by God I'm gonna do it.' "
Abbas remembers Bush's pledge at their June 2003 meeting at the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh: "I have a moral and religious obligation. So I will get you a Palestinian state."
White House spokesperson Scott McClellan dismissed the allegations Thursday night as "absurd" and said the president has "never made such comments."

What I am tired of is not the ignorant, lying, terrifying leading of this nation…what I am sick of is the abuse of the name of our Lord and Savior, the connection of Jesus Christ to the hateful, ignorant actions of this government! It seems that the Christian Right is very happy to ignore lies, stupidity, murder and human sacrifice in the name of 'freedom'... i guess the people are happy in producing this kind of generation: SIGH.....

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I need God...


“I stub out my cigarette, close the tent flaps, and lay back on the ground sheet on top of the soil. I close my eyes and prepare to sleep, but something underneath me nudges my spine. I reach my arms out of the flaps, into the rain, and underneath the ground sheet, where I pluck out a small object. I bring it back inside and feel it-it is a spruce pinecone. I smell it, cold and wet, and then hold it up to my cheek. I then stick my arm back outside the tent and plant the cone into the soil, just below the ground sheet.
Time is how the trees grow. I will fall asleep for a thousand years, and when I wake, a mighty spruce tree will have raised me up high, high into the sky….
Now-here is my secret:
I tell it to you with an openness of heart that I doubt I shall ever achieve again, so I pray that you are in a quiet room as you hear these words. My secret is that I need God-that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem to be capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love.” ---Douglas Coupland, LIFE AFTER GOD

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

A Christian.


So I am continuing to make progress through my reading of The New Kind Of Christian, and I am enjoying it although I am finding that I have to pull my eyes from the text and contemplate what I am reading, and re-read certain portions of the story. I like the idea that McLaren is proposing, a way of identifying and thinking in a post-modern (a word that I am sure is hated by many) world. I like that his approach is not about rethinking the faith but thinking about the faith in a different way. I think we MUST look at faith differently then our evangelical conservative-right position that is being shoved down our throats, through books, media, and resources from our brothers in the south. Being a Christian is not about being conservative or liberal, or wealthy or healthy or North American hmm imagine that! I don’t like the connotations or connections we add to faith or make it about. So I like where McLaren is going thus far, I like being rattled out of my comfort, out of the known or accepted or expected.