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Feb 9

I distrust the word Christian as an adjective; it has become less an adjective than a label, separating those who call themselves Christian from the rest of the world. How can those who would follow Christ assume that they are more beloved of the Creator than any other part of his creation, when God created everything, and saw that it was good? And if God created man in his own image, male and females then all, all of humankind is part of that image, known or unknown, served or betrayed, accepted or denied. God loves every man, songs the psalmist. Perhaps it is more blessed to be aware of our part in the Image than not, but Jesus made it very clear that sometimes it is those who are least aware of it who serve the image best.

- Madeleine L’Engle (via hislivingpoetry)

(Source: matthewclan)

Dec 3
Day Three: Peace.

Day Three: Peace.

Dec 3
Day Two: Bound.

Day Two: Bound.

Dec 3
Advent Photo a Day, day 1: Go.

Advent Photo a Day, day 1: Go.

Trinity Episcopal Church, The 26th Sunday After Pentecost, Preacher: The Rev. Gary B. Manning

"You are the people of God, not just in here, but out there.  You are a part of God’s creation, called to do the work of God in the world… Now go, and be the people that God has called you to be."

A message for everyone, especially Christians. Worth the fifteen minute commitment to listen.

Church of England moves closer to female bishops

breakingnews:

The Church of England is on course to give final approval to female bishops next year, after its General Synod voted in favor of new plans, The Guardian reports.

I know my Redeemer Lives

In my own life, I’ve found that I know my Redeemer lives, most palpably, at the extremes of life.  At the moments of great joy and great sorrow.  I feel God’s presence, the presence of the Living God, it seems at the great moments of life: at weddings, at ordinations, at graduations, and celebrations of the holidays with my family.  God also shows up when I have great anxiety, or struggle with depression, or lose a friend, or a job, or celebrate the holidays with my family.  God is in the good and the bad for me.  The challenge, the ongoing challenge, is to live my relationship with God beyond the extremes.

The Shocking Power Of A Word Of Love

It is no small thing.

It is no small thing to love those who come to you so broken by violence and hedonism. To truly love them. It is no small thing to say, love your neighbor. and then actually love your neighbor as Jesus loves. No small thing.

This response is literally breathtaking.

Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ.

- Pope Francis • Restating, in a way he declined to do recently, his view (and thus in a practical sense his church’s view) on abortion. His remarks follow a much-discussed recent interview, in which Francis spoke frankly of his church being “obsessed” with “small-minded rules” that have hurt Catholicism’s appeal in the public. Perhaps today’s remarks are best understood as the backswing of a pendulum, a pacifier to conservative Catholics for whom Francis’ early tenure has been well outside the papal status-quo. source (via shortformblog)

The thing is, he never claimed not to be pro-life.  He’s not in any way, shape or form advocating for a change in church doctrine re: the sanctity of life and anyone who was interpreting his interview as suggesting THAT needs to share whatever they’re smoking with me.

What he has said, consistently, is that the focus of the Church needs to be less on politics and more on doing Christ’s work.  Helping the poor, the sick, the downtrodden and suffering, spreading the light of Christ’s love. 

The Church is not quick to change, and even if it were those are not the changes you can expect to see in this lifetime, or even ten. But Pope Francis more than anyone the modern era, including John Paul, is doing his level best to return the Church to the core values, beliefs, and commitments that underscore what it means to be Christian.  Good for him.  The less hate from the pulpit, from the Vatican, the better.

What If We’re The Ones That Need Saving? | The American Jesus

Communion, a still small voice seemed to be whispering, isn’t about saying the right words or praying the right prayers or even having the right elements.

It’s about communion. It’s about the restoration of the broken, the healing of wounds, the bringing together of enemies, and the leveling of power.

And so amongst the ruins of my old theology, rich and poor, old and young, Americans and Guatemalans, we broke bread together and shared the cup together and together we caught a glimpse of the kingdom of God.