Sunday, February 18, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Broken Body

i figure if i find it rather strange, then those who do not consider themselves part of the Christian faith probably do to...

It bothers me that there are certain churches where i am not allowed to take communion. Here i am, i licensed minister of the gospel, but not "qualified" to take communion in a either a Roman Catholic Church or certain mainline churches, as well as others.

It is interesting to note that when it comes to the Church, one of the most dominant teachings in the Christian Scriptures has to do with the unity of the faith. When some are being left out of the communion meal, they are sharply rebuked. When the Scriptures talk of judgment coming upon those who take communion in an unworthy manner, the context is that of disunity. Yet when we Westernize the Jewish Scriptures we begin to think in terms of individualism, and so an "unworthy manner" comes to be understood as having some private sin. If this were true, then we would all be taking communion in an unworthy manner every time we dipped the bread into the wine.

Is this another example of what Jesus meant by putting man-made traditions before God's revealed will?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Prozac Nation

i constantly think about the time Christ said, "I've come to give you life, and give it to you more abundantly." i'm glad he knows that life could use a pick-me-up. Still, i wonder about this "abundant life". It seems to me that we are all living fairly mediocre lives. Oh, and it doesn't count if you have to use booze and drugs to experience the good life. It's artificial. i know, i've been there. It was fun, but i want to experience the abundant life without having to block neurological pathways.

This is what Christ came to give. Have we recieved it? For the most part, no. But then, have we actually begun to live the life he's called us to? Again, for the most part, no.

At another time he said, "Those who desire to save their life must lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, will find it."

i'm still learning how this all works. i hope i figure it out soon.

i just accepted a pastorate at a little church out in the country. i think the fresh air will do me good. i do hope there will be some takers as i encourage others to come along with me on this journey.

You can listen to one of my "talks" by right clicking here and selecting "save file as"

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Revolution: Part I

Che Guevara was a medical student, who took to the roads of South America with a friend, on a journey to experience a land they had only read about in books. Their final destination was a leper colony, where they would volunteer, providing medical care.

Along their trip they came in contact with the people of the land...and gross injustice. Workers exploited by employers, hunger, sickness, poverty. Che saw this as a problem with the system, which "feeds the rich and buries the poor." He believed socialism was the answer.

Che's image is one of the most well known in the world. He was a revolutionary leading a failed revolution. Some say he was made a hero precisely because the revolution failed. Whatever the case, Che followed his convictions and took action. He desired to see equality, and to meet the needs of all those in need. In this way, he was amazingly like Christ.

The movie "The Motorcycle Diaries" ends when Che's motorcycle journey is complete. But that was only the beginning of his legacy...the match that lit the raging fire, if you will. It is at this point that Che and Jesus part ways.

In some ways i see Che as a hero. He was privileged, and set aside that privilege for the sake of redeeming humanity in the way he knew how. He was alive and alert to the world and people around him, and gave his life for the life of others. Yet in other aspects, Che became a brutal renegade.

Zack de le Rocha, a childhood hero of mine, also sees Che as inspirational. Che's picture can be found on the cover of Rage Against the Machine's Bombtrack single.

Rage has broken up, but will reunite April 27th at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. After Zack de le Rocha (a.k.a. "madboy") left the group, the remaining members joined with Chris Cornell (lead singer of Soundgarden) to form a band called Audioslave.

Listen to Zack's 2003 song, March of Death, in response to the Iraqi invasion:

Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Other Side of the News

AlJazeera is an Arab news source located in the middle east. i wanted to add a link here so you can check it out. This is the news source that many Arabs are tuned into, and may provide an understanding of their perspective. While the AlJazeera english site claims it is impartial, i just saw an interview with the executive producer who openly declares they are pro-Sunni and anti-American.

Our own news sources are certainly partial, and Tony Campolo would argue the news is censored by the government, since reporters are "embedded" into selected platoons, and only see what the government wants them to see.

What do you think?