Interesting quote from “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical”

Hi – I’m reading “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical” by Shane Claiborne and wanted to share this quote with you.

“When it comes to combatting injustice, this has proved to be true: God wants our help. Certainly God can work miracles without us. It’s not that God needs us but that God wants us, and that is pretty spectacular. So next time you ask God to move a mountain, don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel. This is a divine conspiracy. We get to be a part of the action.”

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Interesting quote from “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical”

Hi – I’m reading “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical” by Shane Claiborne and wanted to share this quote with you.

“I remember hearing about an old comic strip back in the days of St. Ed’s. Two guys are talking to each other, and one of them says he has a question for God. He wants to ask why God allows all of this poverty and war and suffering to exist in the world. And his friend says, “Well, why don’t you ask?” The fellow shakes his head and says he is scared. When his friend asks why, he mutters, “I’m scared God will ask me the same question.” Over and over, when I ask God why all of these injustices are allowed to exist in the world, I can feel the Spirit whisper to me, “You tell me why we allow this to happen. You are my body, my hands, my feet.””

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Interesting quote from “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical”

Hi – I’m reading “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical” by Shane Claiborne and wanted to share this quote with you.

“At that moment, we decided to stop complaining about the church we saw, and we set our hearts on becoming the church we dreamed of.”

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Interesting quote from “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical”

Hi – I’m reading “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical” by Shane Claiborne and wanted to share this quote with you.

“first, the supernatural was hard to recognize. I began to realize that the transcendent comes in many forms. Perhaps the devil is just as likely to wear a three-piece suit as to have horns and a pitchfork. And perhaps the angels look more like the bums in the alley than like feathered white babies. I saw one woman in a crowd as she struggled to get a meal from one of the late-night food vans. When we asked her if the meals were really worth the fight, she said, “Oh yes, but I don’t eat them myself. I get them for another homeless lady, an elderly woman around the corner who can’t fight for a meal.” I saw a street kid get twenty bucks panhandling outside of a store and then immediately run inside to share it with all of his friends. We saw a homeless man lay a pack of cigarettes in the offering plate because it was all he had. I met a blind street musician who was viciously abused by some young guys who would mock her, curse her, and one night even sprayed Lysol in her eyes as a practical joke. As we held her that night, one of us said, “There are a lot of bad folks in the world, aren’t there?” And she said, “Oh, but there are a lot of good ones too. And the bad ones make you, the good ones, seem even sweeter.””

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Interesting quote from “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical”

Hi – I’m reading “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical” by Shane Claiborne and wanted to share this quote with you.

“There is a movement bubbling up that goes beyond cynicism and celebrates a new way of living, a generation that stops complaining about the church it sees and becomes the church it dreams of. And this little revolution is irresistible. It is a contagious revolution that dances, laughs, and loves.”

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Interesting quote from “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical”

Hi – I’m reading “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical” by Shane Claiborne and wanted to share this quote with you.

“Today we can hear the whisper where we least expect it: in a baby refugee and in a homeless rabbi, in crack addicts and displaced children, in a groaning creation. In the words that Indian activist and author Arundhati Roy proclaimed at the World Social Forum in Brazil, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” The whisper cries out for God to save the church from us Christians and breathe new life into the aging Body.”

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Interesting quote from “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical”

Hi – I’m reading “The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical” by Shane Claiborne and wanted to share this quote with you.

“I thought to myself, Wouldn’t we all go to a church that believes in ordinary fools and ragamuffins and whose gospel is actually good news? I’ve grown to admire the humor of a God who uses foolish things to shame the wisdom of this world, and weaklings to remind the strong that they may not be as mighty as they think they are (1 Cor. 1: 27). And in an era of smart bombs, maybe the world needs more fools. There have always been “fools” in the imperial courts, but it’s an interesting age when folks trust the court jesters more than the court itself.”

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Have you ever heard the phrase “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”?  This refers to the fact that if something is going smoothly leave it alone.  Who or What determines if something isn’t broken.  What is your measuring tool?  The Bible you say!  What part of the bible? Old Testament or New Testament!  Do you only use the part of the bible that supports your belief?  Will you choose Paul over James or James over Paul?

Let’s look at Saul of Tarsus/Paul the Apostle.  One man, two mind sets. Before Damascus and after.  If asked, Saul of Tarsus may have said that he had the mind of Christ, totally unaware that his behavior was far from being Christ like.  All Saul knew was the surrounding from which he was raised.

Where does that leave us?  What’s broken in us that needs fixing?  What will be our measuring tool?  Will we be open to God’s leading?  Will we strive to gain the Mind of Christ before he allows us to see?

In His Name,

Sofia,

Follower of the Way

Interesting quote from “Paul: A Biography”

Hi – I’m reading “Paul: A Biography” by N. T. Wright and wanted to share this quote with you.

“From what he says it appears that they have been “boasting” of their status, their achievements, their methods, and maybe other things as well. And they are angry because Paul refuses to dance to their tunes. He will not play their games. He had seen that problem coming a long time before, which is why, though he has accepted financial support from the churches of Macedonia in northern Greece, he has always refused such help from Corinth itself. He said this already in 1 Corinthians 9, and now he reemphasizes it in 2 Corinthians 11.16 This was, and is, his “boast”: that he has made the gospel what it really is, “free of charge.” 17 And now he is himself accused of being standoffish, of not really loving them. 18 Nobody will be able to “buy” him, to pay the piper and then call the tunes. Anyone who has had to deal with the complexities of church finances, especially in a community with wide differences of wealth, knows that the mixture of money and ministry can easily cause tension, especially where, underneath it all, there is a question of social status.”

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Interesting quote from “Rooted: the Apostles’ Creed”

Hi – I’m reading “Rooted: the Apostles’ Creed” by Raymond Cannata, Joshua Reitano and wanted to share this quote with you.

“The Apostles’ Creed guards against individualism by reminding us that belonging to the church (and being in community with one another) isn’t just helpful to the Christian life, it’s the goal of the Christian life.”

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Interesting quote from “Rooted: the Apostles’ Creed”

Hi – I’m reading “Rooted: the Apostles’ Creed” by Raymond Cannata, Joshua Reitano and wanted to share this quote with you.

“When Christians affirm their faith by saying the Apostles’ Creed, they are effectively retelling this story. We are summarizing what we believe. But we are also telling one another a story that we already know and often forget. It is a story that bears repeating because there is no better story. And it gives us our bearings in life. By making explicit what we do believe, the Apostles’ Creed also guards the church against what we don’t believe. The Creed allows Christians to identify and avoid inadequate or harmful versions of the story.”

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Interesting quote from “Rooted: the Apostles’ Creed”

Hi – I’m reading “Rooted: the Apostles’ Creed” by Raymond Cannata, Joshua Reitano and wanted to share this quote with you.

“The Creed was not meant to be a philosophical defense of the faith, but a lean summary of what all Christians believe.”

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Interesting quote from “Rooted: the Apostles’ Creed”

Hi – I’m reading “Rooted: the Apostles’ Creed” by Raymond Cannata, Joshua Reitano and wanted to share this quote with you.

“Everyone interprets life through the lens of some set of basic beliefs.”

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Interesting quote from “The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible”

Hi – I’m reading “The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible” by Sean Gladding and wanted to share this quote with you.

“They love to hear some of the stories, at least. But as the old man is all too painfully aware, the Story must not simply be heard; it must be understood—and most importantly, the Story must come to shape the lives of its hearers.”

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Interesting quote from “The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible”

Hi – I’m reading “The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible” by Sean Gladding and wanted to share this quote with you.

““Yet Abraham’s story also reminds us that God is the one who promises and will provide—good news to those who despair and shattering news to those of us who trust in our pride. You and I face the same decision as Abraham: Do we grimly strive after control over lives that are effectively uncontrollable, or do we surrender our lives to the God who promises, trusting God to provide all our needs? “It is important to remember that Abraham does not live to see the completion of God’s promises. When he dies, he and Sarah have only the one son, Isaac, and only one small plot of land in Canaan. Next time we gather we will hear how God goes about beginning to fulfill the covenant, how God continues the work of re-creation through a people.” The old man moves to dismiss the people for the night, but he is interrupted with the first strains of a song: “Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon God’s name; Make known God’s deeds among the people.” It is the young man, who wrestles with God in song. The people join in: “Sing to God, sing praises to God; Speak of all God’s wonders. Glory in God’s holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad. Seek the LORD and God’s strength; Seek God’s face continually. Remember God’s wonders which God has done, God’s marvels and the judgments uttered by God’s mouth, O seed of Abraham, God’s servant, O sons of Jacob, God’s chosen ones! This is the LORD our God; God’s judgments are in all the earth. God has remembered God’s covenant forever, The word which God commanded to a thousand generations, The covenant which God made with Abraham, And God’s oath to Isaac.” The singing echoes into the night, and the old man’s heart is lifted with this poetic reminder that even when we are faithless, God remains faithful.”

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Interesting quote from “The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible”

Hi – I’m reading “The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible” by Sean Gladding and wanted to share this quote with you.

““Yet Abraham’s story also reminds us that God is the one who promises and will provide—good news to those who despair and shattering news to those of us who trust in our pride. You and I face the same decision as Abraham: Do we grimly strive after control over lives that are effectively uncontrollable, or do we surrender our lives to the God who promises, trusting God to provide all our needs? “It is important to remember that Abraham does not live to see the completion of God’s promises. When he dies, he and Sarah have only the one son, Isaac, and only one small plot of land in Canaan. Next time we gather we will hear how God goes about beginning to fulfill the covenant, how God continues the work of re-creation through a people.” The old man moves to dismiss the people for the night, but he is interrupted with the first strains of a song: “Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon God’s name; Make known God’s deeds among the people.” It is the young man, who wrestles with God in song. The people join in: “Sing to God, sing praises to God; Speak of all God’s wonders. Glory in God’s holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad. Seek the LORD and God’s strength; Seek God’s face continually. Remember God’s wonders which God has done, God’s marvels and the judgments uttered by God’s mouth, O seed of Abraham, God’s servant, O sons of Jacob, God’s chosen ones! This is the LORD our God; God’s judgments are in all the earth. God has remembered God’s covenant forever, The word which God commanded to a thousand generations, The covenant which God made with Abraham, And God’s oath to Isaac.” The singing echoes into the night, and the old man’s heart is lifted with this poetic reminder that even when we are faithless, God remains faithful.”

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Interesting quote from “The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible”

Hi – I’m reading “The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible” by Sean Gladding and wanted to share this quote with you.

“Before the young man can protest, his elder says, “Remember the words of Jeremiah, sent in his letter from Jerusalem: ‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare lies your welfare.’”

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