God in the Brokenness

Andrew // Queer // Ἰησοῦς κύριος // INFJ // Methodist // Midwest //

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  • i don't actually see anything wrong with that explanation of the lord's prayer? i definitely expected more to object to in something from amos 'n' andy

    Asked by Anonymous

    locusimperium:

    My main objection to it is that it is a profoundly sentimental approach to something with real, material ramifications. I don’t think that the Gospel is about filling our hearts with good things so that earth resembles heaven — that’s not really “good news.” The Gospel is the kingdom of heaven is at hand. It is coming, and we can have a role in its coming but we do not create it. And the kingdom is not really about our innermost feelings or our development of kindness. Nor is the kingdom of heaven about just having the right feelings or thinking the right thoughts — Paul’s Epistles, to say nothing of the Revelation to John, clearly envision the eschatological as a radical upending of structures and material circumstances.

    On a less apocalyptic note, “give us today our daily bread” says to me that literally everything that sustains me comes from God, that I am asking God to keep me fed. When I have seen people who are not fed, when I have myself experienced food insecurity (although for a limited amount of time, which I am grateful for and which speaks to various privileges I have had in life), “give us today our daily bread” is a powerful statement that addresses material insecurity and the profoundly embodied act of eating — much more powerful than “feed[ing] our hearts with kindness.”

    I actually think the plain, obvious meaning of the language of the prayer is much more powerful and radical than the Amos-‘n’-Andy interpretation. That interpretation removes the dual concern of the Gospel with the shaping of our character and with the material conditions of our lives.

    (It also elides the pretty major distinction between asking God for forgiveness and forgiving other people because we want those other people to forgive us.)

    What are 3 things you would like to see happen in the Church(as a whole) in your lifetime?

    Asked by Anonymous

    diannaeanderson:

    1. Women’s ordination/women pastors, across the board. The recognition of women as prophets.

    2. Full acceptance and participation of Christian members of the queer community - no more “debates” about whether or not people are sinning by merely being who they are.

    3. A renewed fight for justice and liberation in all forms that challenges the previous theocratic agenda of the church (which would require undoing nearly 2000 years of the church being tied to the state, so I realize that’s a pie in the sky idealistic hope).

    locusimperium:

    dick-of-saint-vick:

    I’m frustrated by TEC’s marketing fail, but to be honest neither surprised nor disappointed because both would involve expecting better.

    remember their ads last summer? “summer sermons will be shorter. Priests play golf too.” - yeah, way to further reinforce the WASP stereotype AND suggest that your sermons are irrelevant.

    a huge reason I had such a low opinion of TEC/Episcopalians before I knew any personally, was because of their marketing/ads. It was honestly embarrassing and the opposite of what I was looking for in a Christo-centric church.

    "Embrace debate"

    "Simply holding a debate over homophobia’s acceptability is in effect already answering the question, endorsing the notion that there are two legitimate sides, roughly equidistant from the truth.

    This is the product of the archaic notion that media need be objective, and that objectivity entails equal acceptance of every viewpoint, no matter how medieval or groundless or outright vile. For traditional shops, that entails rushing out to find some institutionalized hatemonger to give his opinion, all in the name of balance. But if the First Takeification of sports media has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need actual hate. Manufactured debate can do the job just as well.”

    (Source)

    This is so damn good. It’s why I always feel it’s so offensive that there are so many of these “debates/dialogues” in the Church.

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    Hi friends,

    I’m hoping to get some extra money this semester to buy some textbooks for my classes. Last semester I was not able to buy 90% of the required textbooks. I borrowed from friends or I just went without and winged it. This was incredibly stressful, and I’m hoping this semester will be a bit different. If you could donate just a few dollars, it would help me a ton! Thank you so much friends!

    Just a couple dollars would help more than you know! Thank you! <3 <3 <3 

    (Source: godinthebrokenness)

    I was kinda wondering about God and Godself as pronouns and I wanted to ask. When people refer to the trinity they usually use "Father, Son, Holy Spirit/Ghost" right? Would it be more correct to use "Parent" instead of "Father" or "Father/Mother" or just stick with the original because that's how it's written?

    Asked by Anonymous

    That’s a good question. I mean, I think a lot of it depends on the context. I grudgingly accept that a lot of older traditional liturgies and prayer stuff use that language when talking about “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”. But, I try as much as possible in my own speech about God to refer to God with gender neutral pronouns. But if I do refer to God as a “He”, I try to throw in some “She” in there as well to counterbalance it. I also like to think of God being gender neutral/fluid, Jesus being male, and then the Holy Spirit being female. But that’s just me.

    I was talking to a co-worker tonight and I said the phrase, “God Himself…” and as those words were leaving my mouth it felt foreign and strange to me to refer to God with a “Himself” and that just made me really happy for some reason.

    Click here to support "Textbooks for College" by Andrew Wagner.

    Hi friends,

    I’m hoping to get some extra money this semester to buy some textbooks for my classes. Last semester I was not able to buy 90% of the required textbooks. I borrowed from friends or I just went without and winged it. This was incredibly stressful, and I’m hoping this semester will be a bit different. If you could donate just a few dollars, it would help me a ton! Thank you so much friends!

    (Source: godinthebrokenness)

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