Things I Think
1. The first Reformation came about because of great frustrations with the financial, ethical, moral, and theological abuses of the church. The discontent over these issues had fomented for years…it was only when the printing press made the airing of theses grievances (and solutions to them) available to the general public that the revolution actually gained traction. Today the internet is performing the same function by informing the masses at a level unheard of in the 16th century. The only thing missing is real leadership presenting viable alternatives. We’ve become very good at naming problems without positing solutions…and until we do both, the next Reformation won’t happen.
2. Grace means loving beyond the limits of your patience.
3. We distort the biblical view of law and Gospel when we believe that God’s only expectation of us is sin.
4. There is an amusing sequence in Monty Python and The Holy Grail where the Black Knight is sequentially chopped to pieces while demanding the battle continue and boasting about his prospects for victory. This to me is also a picture of the conservative churches battle for “traditional marriage”. Culturally and politically, it’s over. We lost. In my opinion, it’s time to retreat, regroup, and pray about why…because my guess is that we used the wrong weapons.
5. June is Gay Pride Month…and by far the best month to take an internet sabbatical.
6. Grace means believing that failure today contains the seed of divine opportunity tomorrow.
7. Barabbas and Jesus were both political revolutionaries in a sense. One believed victory would come through political power and violence if necessary, the other achieved victory through suffering and a cross. The crowd preferred the way of Barabbas…and they still do.
8. In the first century, crucifixion was such a shameful thing it wasn’t even spoken of in decent company. To be ashamed of the Gospel is to ashamed of the method by which the Gospel was purchased…through suffering and a cross. The divine methodology hasn’t changed…and some of us are ashamed of that. We’re all Barabbas.
9. Grace means loving when our expectations of another are not only not met, they aren’t even considered.
10. If your faith tradition is that you do not belong to any other faith tradition, that is your tradition.
This just in…the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby.