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Lessons from the Gospels on Telling the Gospel Story

Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth,
Hark! the herald angels sing:
“Glory to a new born King.”
 

Peacemaking/Protestifying with Shane Claiborne | Season 3 Bonus

This advent join us for a conversation with Shane Claiborne on peacemaking.  Shane reflects in dialogue with hosts on what Jesus did with contextual connection to us and Shane shares some of his own stories on discomfort, direct action and being people of presence.  The talk was originally given Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference's Day of Encouragement.  

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The Struggle to Imagine

"The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them." - Acts 21:26

You Shall Call His Name Jesus

Different names for Christ are abundant in scripture. “Christ” comes from the Greek and “Messiah” comes from the Hebrew, and both mean “the Anointed One.” Jesus is called the Bread of Life (1 John 2:1), the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14), the Word of God (Revelations 19:13).

This year, as we meditate on the hope, love, joy, and peace of the Advent season, we also want to take time to meditate on how Scripture names Jesus and the implications those names have for our Christian witness in the world. In Matthew 1:21-23, the apostle writes:

What’s Forming You, Really?

When did I know I was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fans? My father, John Smith, worked in the steel mill measuring and making the rings for sinks as a master welder. I saw him leaving for work around 6 am and returned around 3:30 pm or 4 pm depending on traffic. His way of relaxing was a six pack of Schlitz beer, puffing a Salem cigarette and watching a team that hadn’t been to the World Series since 1945 and hadn’t won a championship since 1908. Yet, my father watched them despite his heart being broken over and over again.

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Survival for the Fittest

The story is told of a jungle law that survival is for the fittest. Recently while driving through Queen Elizabeth National Park enroute to the West Nile region in Northern Uganda, I watched how the antelopes and other smaller animals kept their distance away from the thickets, with ears and eyes open all through. If a lion was sensed within its vicinity, they would run for their lives. Unfortunately, the animals who were vulnerable due to sickness, hunger and disability and couldn’t outrun the Lion succumbed to be food for the mighty king of the jungle.

You Can Go On

I settled on my first fitness goal of the year being to run a 5k. But not just run it- to train for it.  I figured it’d force me to get that Vitamin D and to consistently work out. I followed the training plan and got’er done. After completing the 5k, I thought, hmmm, that wasn’t so bad, maybe I should do a 10k. I’ve never ran a 10k before and was intimidated by running for that length. Yet I somehow finished that goal too!  Now I’m training for my first ever half-marathon. 
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Beatitude #4: You Who Hunger and Thirst for Justice

Blessed are you* who hunger and thirst for justice

*You who weep at the tears that flood the nightly newscast

you whose tears prompt you to action

You who are willing to practice joy in the fierce furnaces of this world 

you whose joy cultivates the courage 

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Reading for Restoration: Bible Remixed

Why is it that so many people
find the Bible to be, well, a little bit boring?
 
Or, if not boring, then downright dangerous,
fuelling violence and domination?
 
Could this have something to do with
how the Bible is being read?
 
Could it have to do 
with the lenses we use to read the Bible?
Or the way we enter this story?
 

American Rage

I saw Religious Broadcasters Association’ spokesperson Daniel Darling was fired for his support for vaccinations on a cable news channel. After Darling wrote in USA Today, “we are experiencing a deficit of trust in our institutions.

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