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Why I’m Easter Pissed

A snarky and pissed-off contemplation on Easter
“Perhaps because our culture and politics have gone so off course, with values so contrary to those of Jesus, more and more people intuitively recognize that His vision of God’s kingdom-a new world of compassion, justice, integrity and peace- is the Good News they’ve been searching and waiting for.”
― Tony Campolo

Easter is now weeks passed. The annual pep rally for Jesus is now a fading memory. It’s a sad state of the church when Christianity has become a spectator sport where the faithful are now just really consumers. With most churches in America investing countless hours and funds to put on a self-serving benefit concert in the name of Jesus, what are they actually left with? In the wake of Resurrection Sunday, let’s delve into the ancient Christian practice of missing the point. With Easter, we miss the point and here’s why I’m Easter pissed…

Jesus resurrected means that we are called to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth. It’s not a moment to look back on; it’s what pushes us forward. To simply look back and have a pep rally does nothing for what Jesus did and continues to do. We’re supposed to be God’s hands and feet in a hurting world. That means we’re supposed to oppose evil and fight for those who are hurting, oppressed, maligned and forgotten. The resurrection speaks to the fact that unjust and oppressive economic systems and policies are not part of God’s ethics. It also speaks to the fact that misguided and corrupt political systems and churches are also not part of God’s Kingdom. For me to believe in the resurrection means I’m supposed to be pissed at the state of the world and in turn go and try to fix it. Easter’s not all about the afterlife, it’s firmly rooted in the here and now.

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Richard Rohr and Alternative Orthodoxy

A snarky take on alternative orthodoxy

Snarky Faith 9/13/16

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A rundown of the Richard Rohr (a Franciscan spiritual teacher) and his alternative orthodoxy. Christian ‘orthodoxy’ may not be what we think it might be. In this discussion, we move beyond the traditional views and delve into the richer and older perspectives that also have a place in the realm of orthodoxy. Join us to hear what that would look like as we skewer through life, culture and spirituality.

Tune in to find out more…

Living Well and Ash Wednesday

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Because these wings are no longer wings to fly
But merely vans to beat the air
The air which is now thoroughly small and dry
Smaller and dryer than the will
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.

-T. S. Elliot from Ash Wednesday

The journey of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Traditionally, Lent is seen as a holy season meant to prepare the faithful for Easter through self-denial and letting go of things while we focus inward on our spiritual pulses. For me, I want to do quite the opposite.

Over the years, I have seen my vision for this season change. Lent draws me to notice the beauty of life in its’ fragility. There is a simplistic beauty to the thought that we come from the earth and, in death, return to it. I see Lent as a time that reminds us to live well.

Think of those things that create mental clutter and drive us to be robots in our every day lives.

Think of those things that eat at our souls and drive us to live on impulse and oppression.

Think of those things that prevent us from noticing the simple rhythms of nature and the world around us as we speed along to survive our busy days.

Think of those things that fill our to-do lists and subtly eat away at our souls.

Think of those things that distract you from being truly you.

Those crosses marked in ash on our foreheads call us to remember that Jesus lived passionately on the road to his death. Frankly, those passions paved the road before him. He recognized that death was never meant to be the focus. He simply knew in life what truly mattered. So instead of giving up things like chocolate or alcohol, let us give up those things that prevent us from truly living. If life is fragile and brief, then we should embrace the words from Andy Dufresne in the movie The Shawshank Redemption when he said, “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.”

So what are those things in your life that are distractions? What is preventing you from living and loving well? 

I can’t answer those questions for you, but I’d assume that it wouldn’t take you long to contemplate and realize what they are. For me, when I pack my days so full of ambition and goals, I find myself ignoring the people around me. I don’t listen well, and I’m rarely present. My drive to complete tasks comes at a cost. I become less like myself, becoming blind to other’s humanity and I lose touch with my soul.

Today we focus not on death; that would be too easy. Death is stagnant. Life is organic. We turn to the sober reality that even though our lives may be brief in the whole of time and history, we are also called to live fully while there is still breath in our lungs. This season of Lent calls us to live better while we shed those things that steal life away from us. So go into the world today with sober eyes and full hearts. Live well, love well and remember that what the world needs most is for us to be fully alive.

 

Surviving Christmas Thru Advent


Snarky Faith 12/8/15

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A rundown of how to survive the Christmas season with our souls intact. Join us as we talk about how the practice of Advent can actually help us through the Christmas season. What are the postures and practices of Advent? Can they help us make it through the materialism of Christmas? Tune in to find out.