Tuesday, May 5, 2009
And it's a good thing I have a job because a couple weeks back I had some stuff stolen. And by some stuff I mean my bag. Being a bike commuter makes my bag a very important thing. I keep everything I need in my bag. Some people have things spread out between home, office, car. Nope. I am not peddling somewhere to get something I could have just had on me all along. So that makes said stealing of bag a little more than frustrating. Top words I would use to describe bag loss...frustrating, unbelievable, ridiculous, unfortunate-especially in timing (seeing as how my new computer was in it. Two weeks earlier they wouldn't have gotten a nice new computer with my bag). It's interesting though. I was on the phone with a friend right after it happened and I was laughing about it and saying that an injustice had happened to me. But the words didn't really seem to ring true. Because yes, my stuff was stolen, and yes I would say having something stolen from you is a form of injustice, but I can't say that without realizing how blessed I am in the first place to even have had those things. It's ridiculous really. There are so many people in the world that experience true injustice daily be it under oppresive military regimes or enslaved by people looking to profit off them, that the loss of a few luxuries hardly seems to be an injustice at all. Granted there is a lot I could do with the money I will now need to spend on some of those things that I actually needed (like a bag that keeps the rain out), but at least I have a job I can work at and earn that money at. And that is something to be thankful for.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Holy Week. Events nearly every evening at Quest Church. 4.6-4.10, 4.12.09. Attempt to grasp the glory of it all.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
In thinking about my faith journey it is interesting to look back and see how I have come to think more fully in each of these four areas. Being raised in an evangelical protestant Church that was down with Wesley I got a whole lot of the "soul" aspect of the Gospel from ages 0-18. Lots of salvation. A little fire insurance. Not all a bad thing, but incomplete to say the least.
I got to SPU and I started got a good dose of the Gospel in terms of community. I loved it. It was new and fresh and true. It was an expanded, fuller view of something I was already quite sold on. But it was incomplete.
I continued to have this desire to learn more about this Gospel and what it was all about and when I learned that Christ didn't just come to save our souls and have us exist in nice little communities that care for each other, but to also fight injustice to stand up for the oppressed to go out and serve those who have less than us. This Gospel, it is good news for everyone. We are called to be a good gift to all. We are called to take what we have been blessed with and to bless others. To look out and care for others. To work to bring a little equity to the table. To stand up and say the disparity of wealth in our world today is ridiculous. To step out of the collective system that exploits the exploitable and to take a step against it. To do this locally, to do this globally. It's part of the gospel. Christ spends a whole lot of time talking about it. So all that said...
I was reminded today how all of that stuff is the Gospel. It's all part of the Good News that Christ brought when he came as God incarnate. And all four need to be recognized equally so.
But being from an evangelical background and feeling like I have had more of that then the other stuff, I feel like there is a lot more to learn and catch up on. Here is a quote by Douglas Meeks and David Lowes Watson that I read today that deals with all this a bit...
"Only a fraction of our sins are personal. By far the greater part are sins of neglect, sins of default, our social sin, our systemic sin, our economic sin. For these sins Christ died, and continues to die. For these sins Christ atoned, and continues to atone....As long as evangelism presents a gospel centered on the need for personal salvation, individuals will acquire a faith that focuses on maximum benefits with minimal obligations, and we will change the costly work of Christ's atonement into the pragmatic transaction of a salvific contract....The sanctifying grace of God in Jesus Christ is meant not for the sinner but also for a society best by structural sin."
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I am a big Dietrich Bonhoeffer fan. I love his book Life Together. Letters and Papers is one I have discussed a lot with friends and have every intent of reading myself sometime soon. Here is a quote from Letters and Papers that was featured over on the God's Politics Blog today.
There remains an experience of incomparable value … to see the great events of world history from below; from the perspective of the outcast, the suspects, the maltreated, the powerless, the oppressed, the reviled — in short, from the perspective of those who suffer … to look with new eyes on matters great and small.- Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
Letters and Papers from Prison