Pride leads to disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
Just a passage I’ve been reading lately. Watched the Rob Bell interview last night and began questioning how much I know for sure about what I say I believe with certainty. I’d rather be unsure and admit it than act like I know something that’s impossible to know.
Not going to comment on this video one way or the other. But I love that it made me question myself. Makes me wish there was a TED talks site for theology. No, not a GodTube, segregated version to keep people from watching atheist TED talks. Just a site with worthwhile, intelligent discussions, debates and interviews about theology. Anyone know of something like that out there?
Skip the first 8 or 9 minutes. It’s just the people sitting in the room before the live stream started.
I was at Status last night for the MUSE Theology night. Aaron Moore spoke about how to honestly read and pray the Psalms without skipping over the sad and angry ones. His focus was on authenticity and genuine reaction to circumstances and to God without giving a candy-coated answer that you don’t really feel.
This was his main division of the Psalms:
Orientation: When everything lines up. Life is good. Happy. Somewhat easy. This is when sometimes we forget we need God.
Disorientation: This is where I was for about a year and a half until this past semester. Lost. Confused. Numb to God’s voice and his comfort.
New Orientation: When we see God move and hear His voice again. Not necessarily reorientation to where everything is fine, but enlightened to see God’s plan in a new way. This has been me the past 6 months or so. This isn’t to say we are removed from struggle, but we are made more aware of God’s presence.
The OSU chapter of the International Justice Mission is hosting a fundraiser on library lawn Tuesday, April 21. A member of the IJM crew will be chained up on the lawn until they reach $1000 in donations. This is to symbolize the international slave trafficking problem.
600,000 to 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year.
12.3 million people are in some form of forced labor, including sexual slavery, at any given time.
It takes approximately $1,000 to free a slave from bondage. That is how much we are trying to raise.
“Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” -Isaiah 1:17
I am so excited about this group because the more I read about sex and slave trafficking, even just from seeing the movie, Taken, the more disgusted I am with how evil our world is and how little I do personally to change it. Hopefully, this demonstration will raise awareness on our campus and inspire people to do what they can, even if it’s just designing a poster or buying a bracelet to help the cause on April 21.
Inspired by my atheist business law professor’s critical thinking segment, I’ve made some wallpapers to remind myself what my faith really stands for – as well as what it doesn’t stand for.
Christianity is not necessarily: nationalism, charity, republicans, war, hate, and hypocrisy.
Christianity can be admirable: community, generosity, otherworldly, peaceful, loving, and truthful.
I’m inspired by my professor’s unbelief to make certain what I believe and why I believe it. Asking questions. Wondering why? Pushing boundaries – not just to be rebellious, but to really be certain – to test my faith.
I watched the Satan Debate on Nightline tonight from Mars Hill church in Seattle. Really short, cut down version, of an obviously lengthy debate. I’m wanting to watch the debate in its entirety online. Seemed like Mark Driscoll didn’t get much time to elaborate on anything, and was left with a simple evangelistic message when they cut down the footage. Also, some people seemed misrepresented when ABC cut it down to a 30-minute program. Watch clips here:
So here are the wallpapers. Same message – different methods. The swoopy one is thanks to the design by Bartelme Design. I’m working on making my own version with my tablet and some photoshop effects, but for now, I borrowed the lines. Also on this one, if you look closely in the bottom right corner, you can see a 12% opacity, classic Sunday school image of Christ. Cuz that’s what it’s all about anyway.
The second design with the gray gradient, I made using scans of some badges I ripped from an old thrift store U.S. issue Air Force jacket. I was reading Don Miller’s Searching For God Knows What and got very frustrated with the nationalist ideals and war imagery that the modern church has gotten so caught up in. Essentially, I ripped the logo off a pretty cool jacket. I’m going to try to make a series of this poster with a different symbolic pic on the left lined to an attribute (or disattribute) of the Church.
[EDIT] Added the 2nd one in the series – the gun.
It’s a daily reminder to me when I see it on my computer, if my screen is ever uncluttered enough, and I hope it affects my daily life as much as the Gospel should.
The book is basically a journal of the famous preacher’s thoughts on the idea of Christian perfection through renewal in Christ. So far, it seems that he proposes as reborn children of God, we should be able to attain moral perfection. I’m not sure yet if he fully believes this to be feasible, or if he’s speaking conceptually concerning the freedom from of our sin nature as Christians.
I know that I am not free from sin or its temptation in my life as a Christian. I was taken aback by the way Wesley described willful sin in a Christian’s life, as basically spitting in the face of your Savior.
Donald Miller dwelt on this same concept in his book, SFGKW. When you think of morality as an expression of your faith and your gratitude to your Savior in obedience, it takes on a whole new perspective than any moral code could convey. A moral code full of rules for living is much easier to break when grace abounds, than a personal obedience to someone you are in constant conversation with. That is why Donald Miller stresses a constant awareness and communication with God, rather than a heartless set of rules.
“I began to wonder if becoming a Christian did not work more like falling in love than agreeing with a list of true principles.“
I highly recommend Donald Miller’s book – Searching For God Knows What. One of those books like Blue Like Jazz, Irresistible Revolution, and Jesus For President, that really makes you reconsider your relationship with God and how to apply Christlike love daily, not just to follow rules, but to live more like Christ, and sadly, less like a conservative.
I’ll post more about Wesley’s book when I finish it. It should be a quick read – only 150 pages in a small format book. Relevant Books is one of my favorite publishers, because their cover art is so compelling! I’ve got probably 10 of their books now and can’t wait to get through more. This cover is no exception. Brilliant design, especially for such a classic work – to be able to make it, for lack of a less branded word, relevant. Very cool design. I’ll post the other covers as I read them.
Excerpt from Donald Miller’s book, Searching For God Knows What:
When you read the book [John] you start realizing that people who were very close to John read this essay and got to the end and started crying because John was telling them he was going to leave, and then I’ll bet at his funeral everybody was standing around thinking about how John knew he was going to die and told them in his book. And I’ll bet they sat around that night at somebody’s house, and somebody who had a very good reading voice lit a candle, and they all lay on the floor and sat on pillows. The children sat quietly and the man with the voice read through the book, from beginning to end, and they thought together about Jesus as the man read John’s book, and when it came to the end where John says he is going to die, the person who was reading got choked up and started to cry. Somebody else, maybe John’s wife or one of his daughters, had to go over and read the end of it, and when she was finished they sat around for a long time and some people probably stayed the night so the house wouldn’t feel empty. It makes you want to live in a community like that when you think about the way things were when Jesus touched people.
A community like that might seem far-fetched, but when you read through John’s other books, the short ones, all he talks about is if you know Jesus, you will love your brother and sister, and anybody who talked that much about loving your brother and sister was probably the most beloved person in their community, and when he died, people would have felt a certain pain about it for a long, long time.
Wow. I love his writing style. Donald Miller has a way in this book, and in Blue Like Jazz, of making the writers of the Bible seem so much more personal and real. It makes me want to go re-read the whole New Testament with a whole new perspective. New Year’s Resolution? I think so.
This Sunday, we will be holding our first Stillwater Ride Food Drive.
We will ride as a big no-drop group going from grocery store to grocery store to purchase canned goods. Anyone with a bike is welcome. We’ve got a few extra if you don’t have a bike, so let us know if you still want to ride!
It will be less than a 4-mile ride and you can ride as slowly as you want so don’t worry if you’re not the most astute rider.
We’re also gathering coats to donate to Salvation Army. You know North Face jackets aren’t cool anymore – so last year. So bring a coat and a bag to carry the cans.
I’ve been dealing a lot with this concept personally lately, so I’ve channeled it into a couple designs. Still working out some kinks, but it’s just something that actually means something to me right now.
“Love your enemies. For if you love those who love you, what good is that?” Jesus.