Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy

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Month: January 2015 (page 1 of 7)

A confession

I have a confession to make.

No, it’s not something illegal.

Though some make think it is.

I like to listen to talk radio when I’m in the car.    *Gasp*

Yes, I will even listen to that “Rush guy.”    And I’ve come to appreciate Glenn Beck more than I use to.

Do I agree with everything they say?  Not a chance.   But I’ve found a couple of things…..

Listening to these guys sharpens my thinking on the issues they talk about.   Sometimes I’d like to yell at them, sometimes I agree and a lot of times I just shake my head and laugh at the blatant “twisting” of things to suit their purpose.   And yeah, I know the other side does too……

But I heard a guest host on Rush’s show the other day go totally off the charts in the “what did he say?” category.    He was talking about colleges and about how there are colleges that are now offering degrees in food.   He read a class description of one class in that degree and it mentioned that one of the topics that would be discussed would be “food and social justice.”

He thought that was ridiculous.   He went on for I bet close to 5 minutes poking fun of the idea of there being any sort of linki between food and social justice.     Yeah, it wasn’t good for my blood pressure.

Food and social justice……

– Ask the mother in Uganda who saw her child starve to death because of a lack of food and a lack of income.

– Ask the father in Nigeria who just saw his farm and his income and his family’s chance at life be destroyed because he was falsely accused and thrown in jail for 3 months without reason and without a trial.

– Ask the family in Haiti who is living in sub standard (even Haitian standard) housing who had all of their food and their belongings stolen and now they don’t have food for today and no prospects of food for tomorrow either.

Do food and social justice belong together?

Yes, they do.   Without social justice, more people will be hurt by the evil of others and one of the major ways they can get hurt is through food (or the lack of food).   Stealing food, stealing land, unlawful eviction from property that has their garden on it – all are social justice issues that deal directly with food.

Does that class on food have it right?   Yes they do.

Did the guest host on the “Rush” show have it wrong?   Yes he did.

Food and social justice are linked and making sure social justice exists saves lives.

And it’s a shame that someone with that large of a listening audience didn’t get that.

Tom

June 6, 1944

The church is living in a post D-Day world.   Both physically here on earth and also in terms of the battle with the devil……

Check out more in Chapter 26.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S1XGO1W

John Lennon had it Wrong

“John Lennon had it wrong.   He sang, “Imagine there’s no heaven.”   If there was no heaven and no hell, there would be no justice in this world.   If there was no justice, there would be no peace.”

Check out the rest of Chapter 22 for more on heaven, hell, justice and the church…….

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S1XGO1W

An Open Letter About Why I Wrote The Book

Okay, so I don’t know that John Pavlovitz even knows that I wrote a book about the church.    I know for sure that he hadn’t read it before he wrote this blog post.

But he explains very well why I wrote the book,  “a church, my church, The Church” and why I felt compelled to urge on a conversation about the church, what’s going well and what isn’t and what we can do about it.

Let me copy a couple of “sections” (brief ones) from what he wrote.   I urge you to go to “Open Letter” and read the entire thing…….

“One of the central statements of this post and so many like it, is that you can’t love Jesus while criticizing the Church.

Ridiculous.

It’s time that we called out this kind of nonsense for what it is: an attempt to shut down meaningful, important, difficult conversation in the name of Christian unity, using spirituality as a gag. It’s an idea that needs to be buried forever.”

And a little further on…..

“It’s my and so many other’s intense love for Jesus and for the Church, that compels us to demand a better, more compassionate, more just, more diverse expression of both in the world; and to be told otherwise, is an insult to our experience, our faith, our intellect, our motives, and our ministry.

We speak because we feel personally called and convicted to; as equally called and convicted as you do.
We speak because many who need to be heard and seen, are still feeling voiceless and invisible.
We speak because we see wounded, hurting people pushed to the margins of this Christian community, and it bothers us.
We speak because the Church has become a decidedly white, upper middle class country club, and we’re not OK with that.
We speak because we feel that if we don’t, the very stones will scream, and we will be found complicit in the suffering of our neighbor.”

And a little further…….

“Christian, no entities, no matter how good or noble they might be, are ever above reproach. No, not even the Church.”

That is why I wrote, “a church, my church, The Church.”  

Because my church matters.

Because The Church matters.

Because we can do better – and unless we talk about it, we won’t do better.

Tom

Why Math Doesn’t Always Add Up…..

Chapter 21 of “A church” talks about how a small church can be bigger than a big church.   Huh?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S1XGO1W

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