Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 :: 8:44 PM

“I wanted to fall on my knees, newly born, but I didn’t. I walked back home to Pat’s and got out the Scotch. I was feeling better, less out of control, even though it would be four more years before I got sober. I was not willing to give up a life of shame and failure without a fight.” (>>)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 :: 8:43 PM

” ‘We live in the most affluent culture in the most affluent period of human history. If we can’t discipline ourselves to learn the joys of generous living, I think we’re an embarassment to the gospel.’ ” (>>)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 :: 8:35 PM

“…leaping across the abyss of doubt with fear and trembling.” (>>)

Friday, August 26th, 2005 :: 9:33 AM

“It’s so much easier to be snide than vulnerable.” (>>)

Thursday, August 25th, 2005 :: 8:04 PM

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your love, O LORD, supported me.” (>>)

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005 :: 2:59 PM

Please do not take back this country for your personal cause. You are not the only person that lives here, and I especially hope you realize that if you’re a Christian. This country does not exist for you and your allies to get their way over those of a different race, religion, social class, or political ideology.” (>>)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005 :: 7:14 PM

“I have this overwhelming desire to hold up a sign pointing at Robertson that says ‘Ummm… this man does not speak for the rest of us.’ ” (>>)

Monday, August 22nd, 2005 :: 6:56 PM

“Mark had written several articles for secular magazines and had been interviewed a few times on the radio and had gotten this reputation as a pastor who said cusswords. It is true that Mark said a lot of cusswords. I don’t know why he did it. He didn’t become a Christian till he was in college, so maybe he didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to say cusswords and be a pastor. I think some of my friends believed that it was the goal of the devil to get people to say cusswords, so they thought Mark was possessed or something, and they told me I should not really get into anything he was a part of. But, like I said, I was dying inside, and even though Mark said cusswords, he was telling a lot of people about Jesus, and he was being socially active, and he seemed to love a lot of people the church was neglecting…” (>>)

Monday, August 22nd, 2005 :: 6:55 PM

“So I think we need to let go of the Bible as a modern book, but that doesn’t mean we discard it. Not at all! When we let it go as a modern answer book, we get to rediscover it for what it really is: an ancient book of incredible spiritual value for us, a kind of universal and cosmic history, a book that tells us who we are and what story we find ourselves in so that we know what to do and how to live. That letting go is going to be hard for you evangelicals.” (>>)

Monday, August 22nd, 2005 :: 6:53 PM

“i guess i failed you
i guess i cannot win” (>>)

Monday, August 22nd, 2005 :: 6:51 PM

“I don’t want to divide ‘New Christians’ from ‘Traditional Christians’ or ‘Postmodern Christians’ from ‘Modern Christians.’ I don’t have time for that kind of foolishness, so I think we have to be very careful about the language we use. Please help me try to avoid any ‘us-and-them’ kind of thinking, and if you see me going in that direction, by all means tell me, OK? We’re talking about a new kind of Christian, not the new kind or a better kind or the superior kind, just a new kind.” (>>)

Thursday, August 18th, 2005 :: 4:16 PM

“I can’t tell if I’m being insubordinate in exploring these thoughts or if I need courage to go farther. I feel that I may be falling away from my faith. But then again, if I hold back from honestly pursuing the truth, wouldn’t that be pulling away from you–even worse? If I let go or loosen my grip on some things I’ve never before doubted will I fall away from you? Or could I actually find myself falling into you? Guide me, please…” (>>)

Thursday, August 18th, 2005 :: 12:35 PM

“It strikes me how rare these kinds of words, outlines, and dissective ways of thinking are in the Bible, which preocupies itself with earthy stories rather than airy abstractions, wild poetry rather than tidy systems, personal and contextual letters rather than timeless, absolute pronouncements or propositions. I have often wondered, Why doesn’t the Bible consist of an ordered schema, like the average curriculum of a semenary? Of course, I’m not against our systematic theologies. I’m begining to see them as an artifact of worship from the modern era, no less sincere or magnificant than medieval cathedrals–in fact, you could call them modern conceptual cathedrals. Rather than condemning, I am simply noticing that our systematic theologies are themselves a modern phenomenon.” (>>)

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005 :: 1:49 PM

“And I tell you that any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them is a dry-as-dust religion. Religion deals with both heaven and earth, time and eternity, seeking not only to integrate man with God, but man with man.” (>>)

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005 :: 8:35 PM

Oh, this is too much fun!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005 :: 4:57 PM

“No man is strong unless he bears within his character antithesis strongly marked.” (>>)

Sunday, August 14th, 2005 :: 1:13 PM

“maybe redemption has stories to tell” (>>)

Saturday, August 13th, 2005 :: 9:23 AM

“And then there’s Dobson and the rest, all of them lining up to prevent easy availability of an FDA-approved medication that potentially would prevent tens of thousands of abortions every year.” (>>)

Thursday, August 11th, 2005 :: 7:13 PM

“I realized that my best answers didn’t answer their questions because they were asking questions on a deeper level: they weren’t just asking, ‘What’s the answer to my question?’ They were asking, ‘How can you be sure any question can receive a definitive answer?’ ” (>>)

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005 :: 5:22 PM

“You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics–in physical laws–every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. It’s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. I’m absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that ‘as you reap, so you will sow’ stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.” (>>)

Monday, August 8th, 2005 :: 1:54 PM

“…this great evil is one of the foulest malignancies ever to worm its way through the stinking flesh of humanity.” (>>)

Monday, August 8th, 2005 :: 9:34 AM

“be willing to love.” (>>)

Saturday, August 6th, 2005 :: 4:58 PM

“Congregations assume that the best stuff (information, inspiration, motivation, ethos) comes from one source, and should be presented to everyone in a uniform way. Aggregation is a highly individualized process, in which people choose which streams of information to pay attention to… Aggregation ecclesiology implies that people derive meaning and authority from a variety of sources, not just what the guy with the wireless mic and the Hawaiian shirt says.” (>>)

Friday, August 5th, 2005 :: 1:10 PM

“Life is outrageously black and white. It’s just that that deliniation occurs at a level way deeper than most people want to go, so they take the easy way out and call it gray for sake of not having to make the difficult decisions.” (>>)

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005 :: 7:58 PM

“If it seems at times that God cannot be found, there are millions of people across the face of the earth demanding God’s existence. This means something. We demand value for ourselves and for each other… There is something deep and uncompromising within us that cannot look upon the face of a child and consider her to be merely fodder for evolution’s hard turning. And even though we often sin by not living in ways that reflect the values we feel, we are ashamed and dehumanized and repentant. We wish we were better people.” (>>)

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005 :: 4:46 PM
Rumors of Home

“There’s something moving in the shadows /
there is that rumor of home”

...there is that rumor of home
...there is that rumor of home
...there is that rumor of home
...there is that rumor of home
...there is that rumor of home

Monday, August 1st, 2005 :: 2:38 PM

“…reality spits in the face of my so-called good news.” (>>)

Monday, August 1st, 2005 :: 1:57 AM





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