Bumper sticker car parked in Santa Cruz, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What good are bumper stickers? So far in my life I have never seen anyone pull the car over and say to the passenger, “You know what? You CAN’T hug the world with nuclear arms, can you?” or, “I just visualized world peace and it was awesome.”
They are not really arguments, let alone compelling ones. Bumper stickers don’t really change people’s lives. Nevertheless it is nearly impossible to go anywhere for a short drive in just about any town and not see the simple black “W,” a Shepherd Fairey, “Hope” illustration of Obama, a name followed by a “2012,” or a pithy statement about how just such-and-such a position makes the most obvious moral sense or that ridicules the opposition. So I’ve been wondering, if these little traveling slogans don’t really change things, why do they keep showing up everywhere, and more importantly, what are they really trying to tell me? Continue reading
Posted in The Impossible Will Take A little While., Uncategorized
Tagged Christ, christian right, church and state, culture war DMZ, culture wars, God, Gospel of Matthew, Great Commandment, hope, jesus, liberal left, Obama, United States
The Creation of Adam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We live in a moment in history in which truth is only found in this fairly new thing we reinvented called a ‘fact.’ ”This is a table,” we say. It is a fact that the thing I just set my cup on is a “table.” Ta-da! End of story… It is an idea that seems pretty hard to argue with until all of a sudden I take that same table apart and plan to build a flower bed out of it. Fairly quickly it becomes lumber. So it is now not a table after all. Er… right? That is the case until I decide without making any changes to the pile, to burn it in a fire. Without moving an inch, by mere planning in my head, it becomes fuel. This pile of wood is fuel for my fire, end of story. …Or perhpas this is where the importance of ‘story’ just begins. Continue reading
Posted in Faith for Reasons.
Tagged apologetics, Arts, beauty, Christ, Christianity, creation, creationism, creationist, Evangelism, Fiction, God, hope, Human, kingdom of God, Narrative, narrative theology, Plato, Religion and Spirituality, Story, trust, Truth, violence
J. Douglas Harrison. The Patient
In the next few weeks I will occasionally be posting some reflections on what it can mean to have faith in a time when the Christian faith may seem, at least to many people, quite unreasonable.
I won’t try to provide irrefutable evidence in favor of the Christian faith. I will not be presenting argumentative ‘facts’ or try to show that Christianity is obviously intellectually superior to everything else as others may have tried to do. I have nothing here to prove. I have nothing here to buy or sell. Instead, I believe there are different genres by which we come to see what moves people to live as they do. Continue reading
Clearly I write from a position of someone who sits near the exit. I love church, but sometimes I find it exhausting. I love my weirdo burner friends, and sometimes they can be a little harsh on my faith. I long to be in Christian community, yet, depending on the community, I find myself itching to get out. I am finding that there are hidden moments of grace ready for the taking in all kinds of communities. And when I am willing to exercise a little humility and receive it, I find that that grace goes further than the edges of my life, and often finds its way into the open wild. Continue reading
Posted in The Impossible Will Take A little While.
Tagged Bible Study, burning flipside, burning man, Christ, Christian, Christian Church, Christianity, Community, Easter, Evangelism, fear, God, grace, hope, kingdom of God, misfit, Religion and Spirituality, thank you, trust, welcome
ora et labora
It is springtime and it seems the hectic demands I usually have around Christmas are beginning to over take Holy Week as well. Besides my normal work obligations I have time sensitive art projects, volunteer work, some important events with my friends and of course, church services. I feel like I am waging my own personal war on Easter trying to figure out what the most Christian choices I can make are. I suspect that I am not at all alone in this. I find myself asking familiar questions about what Christianity is all, “about,” Continue reading
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Tagged Benedict, Benedictines, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Community, Easter, God, grace, heart, Holy Week, jesus, Martha, Mary, Mary and Martha, Maunday, Ora et labora, Prayer and work., Work and prayer