Ashamed

Rachel Held Evans has definitely made her mark in the Christian blogosphere.  Edgy and brutally honest, her writing is definitely not for those who are comfortable with their religion.  While I may not always agree with her conclusions, I always appreciate her willingness to tackle the tough issues and ask the hard questions.

Recently Rachel shared a post on her blog titled Ashamed.  In it she writes about some of the things she is utterly ashamed of as she looks at what our modern version of Christianity has become.  Let me provide you with a little snippet of what she shares.

I am ashamed of the bumper stickers, the t-shirts, the logos, the fog machines, the light shows, the celebrities, and that paralyzing fear of Silence we’re so bound and determined to avoid that we keep shouting and shouting and shouting at one another till our words are just clanging cymbals echoing off church walls.

I am ashamed of the walls. They are built high, with circles of barbed wire around the top, to keep pests away from our bread and wine, to keep the Silence from getting in.

While she poignantly writes about what she is ashamed of, she is equally poignant about what she is not ashamed of.  Consider the following.

I am not ashamed that when God strapped on sandals and walked among us, God fed the hungry, wept with the mourning, touched the untouchable, turned water into wine, cracked jokes about religion, obeyed his mom, defended the defenceless, bantered with children, forgave his enemies, and reminded us that the whole point of it all is to love God and love our neighbours well.  That’s it. 

I encourage you to go and read the entire post.  And after you have read it, read it again.  I’m sure it will resonate in the heart of ever Follower who is truly seeking to live in the Reign.

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Are You a Healer?

It may seem like a gross understatement, but our world is sick on multiple levels.  Fractured relationships abound.  It doesn’t matter if you are talking about relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and employees, governments and citizens.  Relationships on every level are in a state of decline and decay.  Disease continues to run rampant.  Crime and poverty seem to be beyond resolve.  Economies are unstable, causing a general sense of unrest.  And the list goes on…and on…  Our world needs healers.  Are you one?  Have you ever thought about it?

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A Stunning Announcement

Picture this:  You are sitting out on a hillside at night watching over your flock of sheep.  Millions of stars illuminate the cloudless night.  It is so still out in the countryside that the slightest sound can be heard for miles.    It’s cold so you and your do-workers are sitting near the fire talking about this and that.  It’s a  perfect ending to a good day.
Suddenly, the night sky is lit up by and unearthly light.  You jump to your feet and look up.  A shining figure in the sky is looking back at you.  In that moment you would have to know that something significant was about to happen.

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Who is this Child?

At the Advent season, there is a question that presents itself and demands an answer.  It is a question that must be answered by every age and generation.  The question is this:  “Who is this Child?”  Who is this Child whose birth gave rise to a holiday that is celebrated all over the world?  Who is this Child that has sparked so much controversy and debate?  Who is this Child that some faithfully adhere to and others despise?  We don’t have to go far to find the answer.

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