Tag: Lent

Easter Doom!

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A snarky alternative take on Easter

A rundown of why Easter should be a paradigm for the American Church. Something needs to die so it can be reborn. We are stuck within such an institution of crazy and power grabbing that we’ve fallen miles away from our original mission. We need demolition and death before we can be thrust the church into resurrection. So let’s exit the crazy, hypocritical, greedy, hateful, narcissistic Christianity that has become the norm of the American Church. If Easter tells us anything, we need death to move towards life. So let’s leave behind the crazy of the American church and look towards something new.

Join us as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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What’s Good // What’s Bad 2.28.17

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This weekly feature gives you the best of what’s good and what’s bad out there in the snarkiverse. This content is explored more in-depth on our weekly radio show, Snarky Faith, so you should check that out too. Without further adieu… here’s your rundown this week of the good, bad and ugly of the interwebs. Enjoy!

• Did you catch the Oscar flub heard ’round the world? I loved the look on Warren Beatty’s face when he looked at the incorrect card… it sooo reminded me of what it looks like when my mom tries to take a picture with her iPhone. It’s almost as laughable as the fact that Mike Pence uses an AOL email account. That should be grounds for something…

• Oh, Iowa state Senator, Mark Chelgren… you made quite the faux pas when you decided to post in your government website bio that you had a business degree, when in fact, all you had was a certificate from a Sizzler restaurant’s training program. When asked about this ‘mistake’ Chelgren replied that he was confused with the terms  “…because apparently a degree and a certificate are different.” I worked at Chuck E. Cheeses when I was a teenager, does that mean that I’m a licensed animal control officer? Perhaps.  [WaPo]

• Peeps are now an annual Lenten/Easter tradition. This year, they have debuted a new, limited edition Oreo Peeps. While that is news in itself, folks are noticing that eating these processed delicacies have had quite the reaction. Not only does it dye your tongue pink… it also has a similar effect on your poo. Does it count if we give up regularly colored poo for Lent?  [Huff Po]

• Looks like Jesus needs to give up escalators for Lent…

• Jesus isn’t the only zombie you’ll encounter this Easter season, Randolph county residents in Indiana had a bit of a scare when emergency radio alerts of a zombie attack were broadcast last week. They were later deemed to be the product of a joke/hack, but it’s gotta make you wonder. Stranger Things do happen in Indiana…

Either way, stay vigilant, my snarky friends and remember the quote from Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead, “Humans who believe they have outrun their undead pursuers might do well to remember the story of the tortoise and the hare, adding, of course, that in this instance the hare stands a good chance of being eaten alive.”  😉

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If you see any snark-worthy news that’s either good or bad, feel free to send it us: questions@snarkyfaith.com. Have a great week!

 

Unchained at Last

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A not-so-snarky talk about about forced marriage in America today

Snarky Faith 2/28/17

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Join us for our conversation with activist and founder of Unchained at Last, Fraidy Reiss. Unchained At Last is the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives. Unchained also is the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to creating social, policy and legal change to end forced marriage in America. Fraidy has a powerful message about this unseen epidemic in America. We’ve also got What’s Good // What’s Bad chronicling the interweb’s best and worst of the week and a rant about Christians and boycotting.

Buckle up for a wild ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.



 

Journey Into Lent

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A rundown of the postures we should take as we journey into Lent. Lent is the period before Easter where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. Join us as we talk about how to walk through the Lenten season. Are we right on or way off? Tune in to find out.

Check out the #30SecondBible

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I was recently contacted about Jim Kast-Keat’s latest project: The #30SecondBible. When I first read the title, I laughed. How can someone summarize a book of the Bible in 30 seconds? Well, I was wrong.

Their website describes the project like this:

“The #30SecondBible series features dozens of voices reflecting on the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, you will hear summaries of each book and reflections on the good news they contain. This is the Bible for busy people, thirty seconds at a time.”

These bite sized snippets are rich with insight and perspective. It’s been a joy to watch through them during this Lenten season. The different videos feature contributors from the likes of Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, Rev. John C. Dorhauer, Rev. Emily Scott, Doug Pagitt, Rev. Will Gafney, Ph.D., Kent Dobson, Mike McHargue, Rev. Jes Kast-Keat, Rev. John Russell Stanger, and more.

Here’s a taste of Leviticus in 30 seconds:

Do yourself a favor and check out this creative, rich and insightful project.

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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.