Nov 26 2014

Mitchell Lewis: Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who … Continue reading Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena

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Nov 26 2014

Nikos: Non-Creative Thanksgiving Sermon Titles

Over the years, I have had my share of non-creative sermon titles. I take ownership for my share of lackadaisical thinking in this vital area of the prophetic witness. In particular, Thanksgiving sermons have been known to be breeding grounds for ho-hu…

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Nov 26 2014

connexions: “Drum Major for a Dream”

Above the shouts and the shots,
The roaring flame and the siren’s blare,
Listen for the stilled voice of the man
Who is no longer there.
Above the tramping of the endless line
Of marchers along the street,
Listen for the silent step
Of the dead man’s invisible feet.
Lock doors, put troops at the gate,
Guard the legislative halls,
But tremble when the dead […]

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Nov 26 2014

Hacking Christianity :: Rev. Jeremy Smith: Amazon Smile, UMC Market, and other ways the Church can help the Empire

Any good that these affiliate giving programs might achieve in the short run is likely negated by the greater harm that they might cause in the long run to charitable giving.

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Nov 26 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Does Politics Ruin Your Math Skills?

from the Huffington Post:___Does partisanship poison the brain? Not quite, but an ingenious new study suggests that having strong political views can compromise one’s ability to make sense of the mathematical underpinnings of complex and politically ch…

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Nov 26 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Year B – Advent 1 or Needed Change 1
November 30, 2014
Restorative justice is important because it opens a way forward, a way beyond retribution. In that sense, “restore us” is important. Unfortunately, the way we usual read “restore” is some going back to one set point or another without any learning having taken place. We just want to be in G*D’s good graces again with a spit and a promise that things will be different next time and we’ll never again be separated.
If we are on the cusp of something new and then get scared and back away into some idealized past, we have blown an Advent opportunity.
May we look again at the demands of a restoration and how we are going to participate in our own salvation as well as that of our Neighb*rs and G*D’s.
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