Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Today’s the first day of school here, and I wish I was taking the day off in celebration. Instead, I have two kids to get dressed, lunches packed, on the bus a little earlier than normal, and off a little later than normal (cause that’s how the busses roll on the first day). I have to drop the baby to see his mommy and then head to therapy with the youngest son. Not to mention after-school snacks, filling out 800 back-to-school forms, and making supper while managing all of that because Wendell’s at work. Ugh. I’m tired just writing about my day. Now that that’s done, here are a couple of favorite links I’ve been enjoying lately – click through to read the whole article!

Favorite theological link: Gender, race, and Pentecost: the world has moved on. - Jonathan Martin
In the global body of Christ, we have seen a remarkable shift in the balance of power.  Those of us in the west in general and North America in particular are used to being in the seat of power and influence; we are used to being those who shape global conversation in the Church….We did not notice that the world has already moved on.  We didn’t notice that the wind of the Spirit left us, and that there is a new world coming in Latin America and Africa and Asia that rendered us inconsequential.  We enjoyed our time in the mainstream well enough to forget that the move of God always comes from the margins.


Favorite sermon: Sermon about Mary Magdalen, the massacre in our town, and defiant alleluias - Nadia Bolz-Weber
Because to be disciples like Mary Magdalen is to show up.  It is to be a people who stand – who stand at the cross and stand in the midst of evil and violence and even if we are uncertain we are still unafraid to be present to all of it….Because to sing to God amidst all of this is to defiantly proclaim like Mary Magdalen did to the apostles, that death is simply not the final word. To defiantly say that a light shines in the darkness and the darkness can not will not shall not overcome it.  And so, evil be damned, because even as we go to the grave, still we make our song Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Amen.

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