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Our oldest son bought an Xbox this fall. Every so often, it stutters when we’re playing and starts over, much to my son’s chagrin. I’m mostly able to flow with it and not get too worked up about it. I wish life was the same way.

I’m in a bit of a reset period myself. I’m feeling a refocusing coming on so more in alignment with what I feel called to do in life. Our church is going through a major reset, or refresh, as we think through some different ways of ministry. And just this morning, I met with a couple who had recently broken up and they were trying to figure out how to move forward together (but mostly apart).

All these things can be confusing and painful because most of the answers are on the other side of the reset. The reason why it’s necessary, how you’re going to live differently, what it costs, etc. make more sense looking backwards. But we can’t let the fear of loss hold us back from who we’re becoming.

When was the last time you reset something significant in your life? How did you make it through?

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

-St. Francis of Assisi

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I don’t know what it is about music, but it gets me in the creative mood. And because I need regular doses of creativity to write messages and stay productive, I’m always on the lookout for good tunes. One that I often return to is the soundtrack to The Social Network. Check it out on iTunes.

Yesterday during my message at The Well, I quoted from Pastor Brian Zahnd to explain the context of Mary’s Song in Luke 1. He says,

I have a problem with the Bible. Here’s my problem…

I’m an ancient Egyptian. I’m a comfortable Babylonian. I’m a Roman in his villa.

That’s my problem. See, I’m trying to read the Bible for all it’s worth, but I’m not a Hebrew slave suffering in Egypt. I’m not a conquered Judean deported to Babylon. I’m not a first century Jew living under Roman occupation.

I’m a citizen of a superpower. I was born among the conquerors. I live in the empire. But I want to read the Bible and think it’s talking to me. This is a problem.

One of the most remarkable things about the Bible is that in it we find the narrative told from the perspective of the poor, the oppressed, the enslaved, the conquered, the occupied, the defeated. This is what makes it prophetic. We know that history is written by the winners. This is true—except in the case of the Bible it’s the opposite! This is the subversive genius of the Hebrew prophets. They wrote from a bottom-up perspective. …

I am a (relatively) wealthy white American male. Which is fine, but it means I have to work hard at reading the Bible right. I have to see myself basically as aligned with Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, and Caesar. In that case, what does the Bible ask of me? Voluntary poverty? Not necessarily. But certainly the Bible calls me to deep humility—a humility demonstrated in hospitality and generosity. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with being a relatively well-off white American male, but I better be humble, hospitable, and generous! …

I have a problem with the Bible, but all is not lost. I just need to read it standing on my head. I need to change my perspective. If I can accept that the Bible is trying to lift up those who are unlike me, then perhaps I can read the Bible right.

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