I have spent a long time hating Bible story books. They tell a little story in isolation from the rest of the Bible’s narrative, and then they draw out some facile and vacuous moral, like: “Go be like Samson,” which happens to be awful advice. If my kids turn out like Samson, I may have to start taking drugs. But little tellings of little stories is how humans make culture. Am I short-circuiting the process by trying to dissolve the Samson story into the Jesus story? Is it perhaps not my job to hand my kids a finished pile of knowledge, but instead to induct them into a process that’s been going on a long time and is not yet finished — the process of getting to know an undomesticated God who refuses to fit into a single story?
Physics-wise, the Ascension of Christ could be described as Jesus traveling at Warp 10. He a destination in mind — EVERYWHERE. And Warp 10 is the only way to get there. After all, Jesus “ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe” (Ephesians 4.10).
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If someone tries to convince you that you have to convince God to like you, do NOT let their delusion become yours. SCREW THAT.
1. Fracking and Abortion are both religious issues. The abortion debate flows from our lack of cultural consensus about what a person is — an inescapably theological question. Fracking is driven by our culture’s religious belief in Progress — the belief that history is an inexorable march in the direction of ever-greater complexity and ever-increasing energy throughput. This peculiar belief system says that because the universe has not yet fulfilled its obligation to provide us with a fuel that’s better than petroleum, we have the cosmic right (and religious duty) to do anything necessary to continue increasing our energy consumption. Our devotion and sense of entitlement to free energy has much in common with a heroin addict’s devotion to heroin. Our way of life is, after all, non-negotiable. Right?
Every permutation of Christianity has its own distinctive approach to the 3 great “powers that be” in human life — Money, Sex, and Power. As what some have called “Emergence Christianity” slowly settles into the core features of its emerging identity, how is it responding to The Big Three? The answers may surprise you…
Because the Earth doesn’t need saving. Mother Earth is a tough bitch, and she does just fine. Earth Day is a celebration of Poor-Bunny Environmentalism. It’s the idea that humans ought to be “nice” to the Earth like it’s a poor little bunny that needs us big powerful humans to treat it with kindness or it will die. The Earth knows how to protect herself. Species that don’t play by her rules don’t last. Period. I’m nice to the Earth for the same reason I’m nice to wolves with their teeth on my neck. The Earth can survive current patterns of human behavior. Humans cannot.
Of all the voices in the world, there are a handful which have proven particularly trustworthy, so I trust them. Together, those voices form a sort of personal Jedi Council for me, and I do all my thinking and decision-making in conversation with them. My Jedi Council includes people, books, movies, and spiritual traditions — all those voices that I find guiding me and my thinking as I navigate life. So here’s my Jedi Council (painfully narrowed down to 12 members)…