Aimee Byrd writes passionately about lifting up women in the Body of Christ. She is targeted all the time by threatened men who consider themselves “leaders” in the Body of Christ.Read more
There are things to deconstruct. There are things to burn down. Just don’t forget reconstruction as well.
If your version of Christianity means waving a confederate flag, saying that Trump is the new Cyrus, complaining that free healthcare leads to death panels, arguing women can’t be police officers, CRT is nothing more than Marxist race-baiting, and you’re doing that with a Bible in your hand, you will create deconstruction and more than that, you need an intervention to explain that your Christian faith is more cultural and political than religious.
Michael Bird doesn’t hold back. More HERE.
Matthew 5:14–16 (NIV): 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
We are blessed by the Kingdom. (The Beatitudes is a list of losers. It is demonstrate that no one is beyond Kingdom blessing.)
We are empowered to obey. The King calls for our allegiance and empowers us to walk in that obedience.
We are called to transformation and transforming work in this world. It is a work that will not overthrow empires. It is a work that transforms from within.
This is the work of the Kingdom of God. This is the way shown in the Sermon on the Mount.
The communal grief (even though this verdict was a foregone conclusion) is real. I watch it unfold real time as the Kyle Rittenhouse “not guilty” verdict was announced.
All I am left with is…
HOW LONG, O LORD?
Theological frameworks have a tendency to get stuck. My own frameworks certainly have gone through that hardening over time. I need to realize my framework is certainly ONE framework, but not the only framework. In the past few years it has led to an expansion of theological voices in my life. Mainly at this point it has been black and a bit of Native American Christian theology. It has helped.Read more
The fullness of the matter in my study of the Beatitudes is this:
I am to ask, “Where is Jesus blessing?”
Touch what the Kingdom of God is touching.
Bless what the Kingdom of God is blessing.
No one is beyond Kingdom blessing.
I need the Daily Office. I need the daily confession. I need the daily reminder of the creed. In this time, it is even more vital.
The Sermon on the Mountain is calling out to me again. I am writing with more purpose, deciding to write out my thoughts on the Sermon with as much fullness as possible. Honestly, I want a book length product. Not to publish. Just to know I can do it.Read more
Tish Harrison Warren sets the framework of how Christians SHOULD handle history… and then exposes the horrible way in which we try to stay comfortable:
We’re struggling now as a society with how to tell the truth about how white supremacy has shaped our history and institutions. Several states have recently passed laws against teaching “critical race theory.” The imprecise language of these laws provides “cover for those who are not comfortable hearing or telling the truth about the history and state of race relations in the United States,” as Rashawn Ray and Alexandra Gibbons point out in a Brookings Institution paper.Read more