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Bono May 29, 2009

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There it was in Leviticus (25:35)…

‘If your brother becomes poor,’ the scriptures say, ‘and cannot maintain himself…you shall maintain him…. You shall not lend him your money at interest, not give him your food for profit.’

It is such an important idea, Jubilee, that Jesus begins his ministry with this. Jesus is a young man, he’s met with the rabbis, impressed everyone, people are talking. The elders say, he’s a clever guy, this Jesus, but he hasn’t done much…yet. He hasn’t spoken in public before…

When he does, is first words are from Isaiah: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,’ he says, ‘because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.’ And Jesus proclaims the year of the Lord’s favour, the year of Jubilee (Luke 4:18).

What he was really talking about was an era of grace – and we’re still in it.

So fast-forward 2,000 years. That same thought, grace, was made incarnate – in a movement of all kinds of people. It wasn’t a bless-me club… it wasn’t a holy huddle. These religious guys were willing to get out in the streets, get their boots dirty, wave the placards, follow their convictions with actions…making it really hard for people like me to keep their distance. It was amazing. I almost started to like these church people.
But then my cynicism got another helping hand.

It was what Colin Powell, a five-star general, called the greatest W.M.D. of them all: a tiny little virus called AIDS. And the religious community, in large part, missed it. The ones that didn’t miss it could only see it as divine retribution for bad behaviour. Even on children…even [though the] fastest growing group of HIV infections were married, faithful women.

Aha, there they go again! I thought to myself judgmentalism is back!

But in truth, I was wrong again. The church was slow but the church got busy on this the leprosy of our age.

Love was on the move. Mercy was on the move. God was on the move.

Moving people of all kinds to work with others they had never met, never would have cared to meet…conservative church groups hanging out with spokesmen for the gay community, all singing off the same hymn sheet on AIDS…soccer moms and quarterbacks…hip-hop stars and country stars. This is what happens when God gets on the move: crazy stuff happens!

From Bono’s book “On The Move”
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Barry McGuire Email

Here’s an email I got from Barry McGuire back when we started our involvement with Aids Walk 2009.
It was very encouraging.
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Barry_and_Mari

Hi David,

We have a mentally ill son who requires all of our attention and our donations, but we certainly know your heart on the aids walk. Sorry we can’t help financially, but we are in total agreement with you.

Flack…..you may get it! We’ve always caught a lot of flack. ….

It just seems to us, since Christ died to forgive ALL – that to us would mean, every person now living, who has ever lived, or will ever be born in the future, has been forgiven. The tragedy is so few of them know it. And how will they ever know it if they only see judgement in our eyes and hear condemnation from our lips. It’s not even up to us to judge or condemn, God our Father is the judge, Christ did the forgiving and is all we have to do is LOVE people. How simple is that! – Even the flack throwers have a hard time targeting that….

How dare I judge ANYONE that Christ gave His life to forgive! I don’t care if they’re gay [or] straight…
We don’t hear that being preached much these days do we!


Blessings on you my friend,
Barry & Mari

 

Lenny Bruce

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Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
–Lenny Bruce

 

Rabbit Hole

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“You take the blue pill and the story ends…believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill…and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”
– Morpheus

 

A Deadly Mix

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“Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix. Beware those who claim to know the mind of God and who are prepared to use force, if necessary, to make others conform. Beware those who cannot tell God’s will from their own. Temple police are always a bad sign. When chaplains start wearing guns and hanging out at the sheriff’s office, watch out. Someone is about to have no king but Caesar”

Barbara Brown Taylor in
A Deadly Mix

 

Alice Cooper

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“Ultimately, the most controversial and rebellious thing I’ve ever done was become a Christian.”
— Alice Cooper

 

Revelation May 28, 2009

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We must not pick up the book of Revelation without understanding that it is written in an apocalyptic style, a style of literature that employs symbols via images, creatures, numbers and colors. This is not a book that one can read as a carpenter does a blueprint or a cook follows a recipe. The numbers, for example, do not necessarily imply a literal equivalent, but are symbolic of a larger and deeper truth. The number 144,000 was used as a huge number, with a multiple of 12 (which itself is a much-used symbolic number in the book of Revelation) to depict an imprecise but huge group of people who, by God’s grace, inhabit the new, spiritual Jerusalem. They receive spiritual healing and are sealed from further harm by his own blood.
I explain this passage in greater detail in my book “Revelation Revolution”

— Greg Albrecht

 

Pure Religion

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Ok. So you take a stand against man’s religion, and what’s the first thing you hear?

That’s right; James 1:27.
“Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” – NET

The hundreds of verses, many chapters, and various books of the New Testament, written to directly combat legalism and authoritarian religion are virtually ignored. Talk about selective quoting. This verse no more justifies religion than Luke 14:26 justifies hating your parents.  When a passage seems to go against a truth clearly and repeatedly taught in Scripture, then we must assume there is something being addressed on another level.

Of course, much of the confusion in understanding scripture lies in a wrong approach to the Bible in the first  place.
[See also, “A New Kind of Christianity” and “Velvet Elvis.”]
Scripture calls itself good (for training, doctrine, etc). It is not the “end all” in knowing God. we must draw near to Him, and let Him reveal Himself to us. Let Him reveal truth to us. There is so much more to God than the Holy Scriptures. Idol worship is when we worship anything other than God. Many Christians treat the Bible an additional object of worship; a fourth part of the Godhead.
His Word is alive, active, more powerful that a double-edged sword, and not confined to any book. It’s not about the letter. It’s about life in the Spirit.
I do believe the Bible is divinely inspired by God. There is divinely inspired poetry; divinely inspired metaphors; divinely inspired simile, and, yes, that which is divinely inspired to be taken literally. Understanding these different literary styles is vital. And divinely inspired does NOT mean divinely dictated. Big difference.
We must always take into consideration the original audience, as well as the human authors. We must look at the context of the surrounding passages; the letter in general, and (this is very important) the context of the story of God, and his provision of salvation by grace.

The NIRV really brings out the crux of James 1:27. It says:
“Here are the kinds of beliefs that God our Father accepts as pure and without fault. When widows and children who have no parents are in trouble, take care of them. And keep yourselves from being polluted by the world.”

It’s like saying, “So, you think your pretty religious. Well, your better off paying attention to things that really matter; like taking care of the needs of others. And don’t let the world, it’s sin, or it’s religious systems get between you and God.”

Jesus’ greatest detractors were the religious people. Paul battled the “Judaizers,” who tried to rob people of their freedom in Jesus. Today, the battle still rages. Religion was, is, and will always be in opposition to Jesus. God has set us free from sin AND religion. “Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!”

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Here’s a good definition of religion from Greg Albrecht:

The popular, common denominator of religion is the idea that humans must do, perform and produce works, deeds, virtues or behaviors as stipulated by rituals, rites and regulations. The idea is that having performed ceremonies, having followed religious prescriptions, priests, pills and potions, then God is more pleased with humans than he otherwise would have been. This is the fundamental difference between biblical Christianity and religion in general (whether it be a non-Christian religion, or a practice which claims to be Christian). The gospel of Jesus Christ insists that God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We are, according to the gospel, incapable of pleasing and appeasing God on the basis of our works. That is the definition of religion that PTM uses– and opposes, for it is the enemy of the gospel.

 

40 Days Or 12 Steps May 27, 2009

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The Bible doesn’t have some kind of 40 days of purpose or 12 step program as to how turning to God and seeking him must/should be done any more than it gives pointers on how a man or woman must/should fall in love with their spouse. Our relationship with God through Christ is a love relationship, based on his love which has been and is being demonstrated for each of us. We must individually determine (and please leave religion out of this relationship!) about how we respond to God — how we talk to him–how we seek him — how we come close to him.

 

Campolo Quote

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“I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.” ~ Tony Campolo

 

 
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