Archive for September, 2012

I have been told not to be afraid in the sharing of my opinions. I disagree. I should be very afraid. We should all be afraid. We pronounce our opinions as if they’re truth. Arrogance! They are just theories. The truth is God’s. What do we know? And most of the time our opinions just cause disunity and turmoil. We cause other people to stumble. So we must keep our ridiculous opinions to ourselves and focus on Christ, who brings unity to all. If he does not bring unity then we are putting our beliefs above him. This is religion and anti-Jesus.

‘We hunger, though all that we eat brings us little relief. We don’t know quite what else to do. We have all our beliefs, but we don’t want our beliefs. God of peace, we want you.’ -mewithoutYou


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‘Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith’ by Rob Bell

‘The way of Jesus is not about religion; it’s about reality.’

‘Our words aren’t absolutes. Only God is absolute.’

‘The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. We are dealing with somebody we made up.’

‘Christian is a great noun and a poor adjective.’

‘To be a part of the church was to join a countercultural society that was partnering with God to create a new kind of culture, right under the nose of the caesars. These Christians made sure everybody in their midst had enough to eat. They made sure everybody was able to pay their bills. They made sure there was enough to go around. The resurrection for them was not an abstract spiritual concept; it was a concrete social and economic reality. God raised Jesus from the dead to show the world that Jesus is Lord, and it is through his power and his example and his Spirit that the world is restored.’

‘The church doesn’t exist for itself; it exists to serve the world. It is not ultimately about the church; it’s about all the people God wants to bless through the church. When the church loses sight of this, it loses its heart.’

‘Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be.’

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When I’m in a group of people it’s interesting to note that I’m naturally the person to take a backseat to everything. I’m not sure that anyone is to blame. I just don’t have much to say. However, when I do say something, or rather try to say something, and I’m not respectfully listened to then it’s a problem. It does not make me less of a man to not be as proficient in social situations as others. But as you talk and look at the rest of the group except for me then I do feel less. And when you overpower my words with your words, simply because you can, then I do feel less. People often wonder why I sometimes avoid social situations like the plague. Is it not obvious? The bottom line is that the extroverts rule the world and the introverts lie in their shadow. I’m not saying the extroverts are at fault, but there needs to be more discernment. Both types of people need to learn how to better interact with each other. There is a lot that can be discovered when there is a mutual understanding. The extroverts must shut up sometimes and patiently let the introverts talk, realizing that the few things they do say are important. But at the same time the introverts must let the extroverts talk, realizing that’s what they do. There just needs to be a healthy balance and a sense of belonging for everyone. No one should feel less.

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