It is not you who shapes God, it is God who shapes you. If then you are the work of God, await the hand of the artist Who does all things in due season. Offer God your heart, soft and tractable, And keep the form in which the artist has fashioned you. Let your clay be moist, Lest you grow hard and lose the imprint of God’s fingers. Irenaeus (via Inward/Outward)
The Bush administration is preparing to ask Congress to approve an arms sale package for Saudi Arabia and its neighbors that is expected to eventually total $20 billion at a time when some United States officials contend that the Saudis are playing a counterproductive role in Iraq.
Can we talk? I mean, is it just me, or is anyone else a little perplexed? First Musharraf, now this. I think someone down there is holding the playbook upside down. Yes, we Canadians are just as politically apathetic as you, but seriously, where is the outrage?
DOOR: How come so many liberal clergy never talk about Jesus? It's like they're afraid to say His name.
MCLAREN: I think a lot of them are reacting to fundamentalism
and the Religious Right. Enough angry folks have hurled the word
"Jesus" around like an insult that other folks don't want to say His
name at all. It almost feels to them like a racist or a hate crime
statement sometimes because "Jesus" is used to legitimize all kinds of
fear and intimidation. Another reason goes back farther in history of
liberalism where I think people were seeking to speak in more theistic,
deistic, universal, non-particular, nonspecific ways. They had reasons
for this in the 17th and 18th centuries, with all the religious wars in
Europe, but I think that tide is going to change because of the work of
people like N. T. Wright and Steve Chalke, who are helping us get a new
vision of what the message of Jesus is. I think if we could get that
back, people are going to be very excited to talk about Jesus again.