Dec 18 2014

Beguine Again: The Twilight of Citizenship?

… [M]y intent is to say that if the rights of the Michael Browns and Eric Garners are not safe, then neither are the rights of privileged, white, affluent, upper-middle-class white folks …

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Dec 18 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: A Young Adult’s Reflection On Absolute Truth

Those who comment on the state of religion in America often remark how truth is relative for emerging generations.  You can read about that here, here, and here.Yet in contrast to that cultural assumption — which most of us assume to be true with…

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Dec 18 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: The Virgin.

(Annunciation by James Tissot)

 Naked Thoughts on Luke 1:26-38.

God sent an angel to talk to a virgin. The virgin was one of many Marys living in the village of Nazareth up in the back-country. The virgin was promised in marriage to an older man from the branch of Jesse. Like many others, his name was Joseph. It makes me think of the beginning of the movie “The Wizard of Oz” – a monochrome world waiting for something to happen.

When the angel told her not to be afraid because God loved her, did she know he was an angel? Or was he just some crazy man to her at first? Then, he told her that she would give birth to a boy named Jesus. He didn’t say when – he could have been talking about “someday”! But then the angel dropped a bomb: this boy-to-be will be the Son of God and the messiah of mankind. BOOM!

Mary overcame the social conventions against a woman being alone and speaking with a “man”, and boldly looked the angel in the eyes: “Impossible! I have never had sex.” Was she wondering if people were telling lies about her behind her back at the well? How would he have come up with something so outrageous on his own? He didn’t even know her!

Some of our Bible translations use some very earthy sexual innuendo for the angel’s reply: the Spirit will “come upon you”; God’s shadow will “lie upon you”. Again he stressed to her that the boy would be God’s son. What was she thinking?

“God can do this”, the angel told her. “Your old barren cousin Elizabeth is six- months pregnant. Go visit her if your want proof.” If we were looking at this text alone, we would see John as miraculous proof that the God of Sara et al was still in the fertility business. We would miss out on his pending ministry of shaking things up. As another John wrote: “Let It Be.” Mother Mary gave the angel her answer, and he left.

Advent is all about feeling the ground tremble and watching the walls fall. A tornado is coming and a new day rises in glorious color.

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Dec 18 2014

John Meunier: Believe in Christmas

Someone can always come up with a reason not to believe. We can always cook up a story that does not need God in it. We’ve been doing that from the start, but one of my favorite illustrations of this is … Continue reading

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Dec 17 2014

Beguine Again: History With the Sky

over mountain edging sea sun contemplates the trees the trees eat up the sun they blossom, the rivers run and wise old rock by time inscribed shares history with the sky © 2013, poem, Jamie Dedes (The Poet by Day), All rights reserved; photo credit ~ Caliliver and released into the public domain

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Dec 17 2014

Kudzu Life: Christmas: Bahamas

As we prepare for Christmas it’s interesting to remember our various NGUMC Bridge partners as they also celebrate.Here are some photos from church Christmas programs courtesy of Tori Danielson of Bahamas Methodist Habitat.

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