|Cherry Tree, 2013, photo by J. Stahl|
In no particular order:
"Public meetings with altar calls and invitations have nothing to do with Jesus. They are a phenomenon arising out revival meetings among Protestants in the late 1800′s. Believe it or not, God has had a remnant through the ages of people who are among his faithful and altar calls have not had anything to do with it. But what is the Gospel? What did Yeshua say about such matters?"
The Gospel from the Gospels #1
" This coming kingdom foretold in Daniel was the great Jewish hope. It was looming in the air. People have differing theories about how it would happen. Jewish groups and common Jews had differing ideas about who would make it happen and how. Many felt the time was right. Many were open to a military option for bringing the kingdom. Some groups (Essenes, Pharisees) believed they had the keys to a Torah-renewal movement that would bring about the kingdom.
And Yeshua came saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the good news” (Mark 1:15)."
The Gospel from the Gospels #2
"...at the same time, i can’t bury my head in the sand and hope for the day i wake up and we’re all getting along.
we are stuck with each other in this mess.
and there’s only one way out–Love.
love hurts. love is hard. but it’s what we are called to.
the world is watching. those hanging on to their faith by a thread are watching. the future generations are watching.
and so far what we’re offering them are deep divides, angry answers on the internet, homogenous churches and ministries, fear, and disdain. we’re either fighting or fleeing.
i believe there’s a third way-a more mature way, a harder way, a better way."
8 ways those from more liberal-progressive and conservative-evangelical persuasions can better love each other
"a really big thing that gets in the way of healthier-ways-of-living-in-the-tension-of-our-differences is unsafety.
it’s impossible to have unity and love when there’s all kinds of unsafe, unhealthy behavior going on.
to me, another word for “safety” is “healthy”.
safer, healthier people make safer, healthier conversations.
they bridge divides."
safer people make safer conversations
" ...spiritual abuse does damage in all directions. The perpetrator gets away with practicing soul-destroying conduct that is antithetical to what it means to be a Christian and that inevitably undermines their own ministry. Likewise, the wounds inflicted by spiritual abuse are deep and hard to heal. The toll this takes on the abused person can be spiritually and emotionally devastating and, in some cases, lasts a lifetime. "
This Can of Worms Must be Opened!
" As followers of Jesus, Christians belong on the forefront in this devastating crisis. But the roots of the problem run deeper and saturate our own culture where doors are already open to girls. Yet they're being bombarded—both outside and inside the church—with messages that lower their aspirations and shrink their horizons."
Young Ezers Rising
" Tragically, one form of abuse can escalate to another and, if allowed to persist, can inadvertently give permission for others to abuse.
None of these abuses have any place among the people of God, although to our shame all of them are present among us in shocking numbers. They must be rooted out, and we cannot rely on others to step up to do the uprooting."
The Perfect Storm
Would Father's Day be different...
If Christianity wasn’t preaching that, not only are they allowed to hit their children, but they must hit their children in order to be good fathers?
Sarah Over The Moon
"There is a term for a family without boundaries, a family in which the self is suffocated and a single identity is meant to fit more than one individual -- enmeshed."
"The progress toward my self and the healing from my boundary-less childhood has been a slow and difficult march, but my heart is being transformed."
knowing your boundaries :: freedom is waiting
"I left Christianity entirely at fourteen, shortly after I did what every Fundamentalist is subtly discouraged from doing: reading the entire Bible, cover to cover, without a study guide or Sunday School teachers or pastors to “interpret” things for me."
learning the words: liberation
"Turning to Kassian’s post from yesterday, which she titled “When A Woman Makes A Lot of Money and Her Husband Doesn’t,” I’d like to systematically break down and address each major component of her post (her words are indented and italicized). I could have written a full post in response, but chose to address Kassian point-by-point to ensure that I touch on every assumption, value, and half-truth embedded in the post. This response is divided into four posts since I really don’t want to dump the whole 4,200 words on you in one sitting.
"It may surprise both anti-feminists and anti-Christians equally to know that feminism’s roots are tangled up with the strong Christian women’s commitments to the temperance movement, women’s rights to personhood under the law, suffragist movements, and–in America and England in particular–the abolitionist movements of the nineteenth century. Christian feminism predates the works of second- and third-wave secular feminist writers..."
"To label women who work as tainted or unnatural within Christian circles is not just detestable and cowardly, it is contrary to the Scriptures themselves. Instead, we should celebrate all work that holds a family together, whether accomplished by a man or a woman or both."Women are Breadwinners, Literally
"...just don’t love him enough. A man you’ve never met. And he’s going to continuously feel threatened by your previous sexual partners, because he has always owned your body. It’s his possession, and someone else dared to touch it. No, you dared to let someone else touch it..."
future husbands: your future wife does not belong to you
"It's distressing to read about women in Israel being forced to sit in the back of the bus," she said, "or when we hear about `Women of the Wall' having metal chairs thrown at them when they attempt to peacefully and legally pray."
Barbra Streisand slams treatment of women in Israel
And last but not least, the most thought provoking things I've seen in the last week:
Here's wishing you all a wonderful week.