God in the Brokenness

Andrew // Queer // Christian // Liberation Theology Influences // Ἰησοῦς κύριος // INFJ // Midwest //

Musings on Theology, Sexuality, Life, and the furious longing of God for all of us.

Striving to follow Jesus to the best of my ability. Grace is central to who I am.

In search of Koinonia (The idealised state of fellowship and community that should exist within the Christian Church.)
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  • “ Good news to some will almost inevitably be bad news to others. In order that the gospel in the New Testament might be made as palatable as possible to as many people as possible, its rough edges have been shorn off and the radical edge of Jesus’ preaching as been replaced by a respectable middle, of which “niceness” is now God. When Jesus came preaching, it was to proclaim the ends of things as they are and the breaking in of things that are to be: the status quo is not to be criticized; it is to be destroyed. ”

    —    Peter Gomes

    (Source: godinthebrokenness)

    Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of my favorites. She got me really interested in Lutheranism for a while. Her attitude is one of badassery and “I don’t give two fucks if I’m offending you” and she is an inspiration.

    “ Good news to some will almost inevitably be bad news to others. In order that the gospel in the New Testament might be made as palatable as possible to as many people as possible, its rough edges have been shorn off and the radical edge of Jesus’ preaching as been replaced by a respectable middle, of which “niceness” is now God. When Jesus came preaching, it was to proclaim the ends of things as they are and the breaking in of things that are to be: the status quo is not to be criticized; it is to be destroyed. ”

    —    Peter Gomes

    One day I’m going to find a church where I feel safe and happy at. And it will feel like home, and I won’t constantly be waging war in my head and grate against every problematic comment uttered in a sermon. Where I won’t be seen as “radical” in a bad sense, but “radical” in a Gospel sense. Where the church will be righteously angered at injustice. Where the church won’t be afraid to speak out and loudly for liberation. Where we learn what it means to be deeply committed followers of Jesus. Where sermons aren’t shallow or the theology trite. Where we don’t help other people just so we can feel good about ourselves. Where we’re not just a white middle class church with savior complexes. Where we talk about immoral behavior and systematic immorality. Where Jesus is talked about/to with the heart and head.

    Maybe this is only going to exist in heaven. Maybe not.

    But it sure as hell isn’t going to keep me from continuing to search for this Koinonia.

    sageruto:

    the fucking worst is when people are like “you hate people for having a different opinion than you!!!!” like im not shitting on this guy because he thinks pistachio ice cream is gross im shitting on him because he actually believes that i and people like me dont deserve basic human rights and respect and safety

    (via theforgettingofherself)

    Do you believe in Christ's divinity? And a literal Resurrection?

    Asked by Anonymous

    Yes, and yes. They are central to my understanding of the Gospel and Christianity.

    People and institutions can make good contributions to Christianity, while still being extremely problematic and advancing systematic oppression. I get extremely angry about injustice and something a good “Fuck them/the system” is the only thing I can utter when seeing oppression on this scale. Maybe when I’m in seminary I’ll write a dissertation about it, but for now, I have every right to curse and shake my fists at systematic oppression and try to change it with my interactions with people in every day life. I don’t care about the tone police, or the pissed off people who get offended when their sexist practices are called out. If you have a problem with that, then you can unfollow me, and I wish you the best. I’m imperfect, but I try my best to speak out against injustice. I know I may not always do it in the best way possible every time, but it’s something I will always try to fight for.

    - Andrew

    saint-bmo:

    maybe the Orthodox (and Catholic and Protestant) tradition(s) should stop assimilating to (trans)misogynistic metanarratives and copouts if they don’t want people to hate them. lol

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