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Month: September 2010

Is God Love?

I spotted this post entitled Love vs. Religion.  It raises an interesting question about how we respond if we believe that “God is love”.

Religion says: Celebrate the same way we do, with decency and order, and be sure you stay in line. Be careful who you hang out with—you don’t want a bad influence rubbing off on you. Appearances are everything, so choose carefully.

Love says: Let’s celebrate! Go wild, tip over the edge! Tell everyone they are welcome to my party! Be expansive, wildly open, stupidly generous, and ridiculously joyous. Invite the oddest people you can find—please! Shower one another with openness and love and being authentic. What great gifts you have for each other! Give them indiscriminately.

New PDA Lectionary

Calling all of you lovers of portable hand-held devices.  Your iPod talks to your iPhone and your other iStuff.

If you use a mobile device that contains your diary like me, you may want to download the common worship almanac, the digital lectionary resource.  Simon Kershaw has once again made our lives that little bit easier.

What If Starbucks Marketed Like a Church?

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I have often been heard to say “if Coke acted like the church everyone would drink Pepsi” in a jocular manner.   I have been to churches that resemble the modern parable above in the past and often wondered what was going on.  This coming from someone who spends a lot of time in church! 

I can also remember that first time I entered into the church building with questions I’d like to ask.  Fortunately I wasn’t given the run around before someone gave me access to the coffee!  I need to constantly remind myself of how difficult it was to enter the church for the first time and the experiences I had there.

Who is Welcome?

Jon at ASBO Jesus has a wonderful cartoon inviting us to examine how we as a church engage with the communities around us.  Some of us don’t like it when people come with questions.  Or people who don’t conform to ‘our standards’ without considering that ‘our’ standards aren’t the important standards to keep. 

I was not really into Nirvana but in my head, all I can think is the lyrics to Come as You Are.

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