We are called to discern the difference between the divine and the demonic and unmask, name, and engage these demonic powers. It is the church’s business.
If there are gifts we can give to our children and our grandchildren, they are the gifts of flexibility, imagination, and hope. The journey they will take will likely be a rough one, to say the least. We need to prepare and equip them the best we can.
A change of heart can mean many things. I think it is the movement from resentment to gratitude. From “Why is this happening to me?” to “Why not?”
This is what I do. I am not some slick marketer who can come in and tell you how to get young people in the church, or sing and dance to soft hits of the 80s. I find most of that stuff to be a bunch of bull. I can however tell you what I think is going on and help open discussions on how we might respond, theologically, ethically, and practically to changes that are coming.
Our minds are not free if they don’t take us where our doubts take us. They are not free if we allow others to set the boundaries of what we can and cannot explore. We should search for what we think is true even if doing so challenges conventional wisdom.
Eat some real bread.
You know what it tastes like.
You have tasted what is true.
You may have been afraid of it,
What would happen to you if you talked about it,
The penalties and the rewards the world offers to keep you on message
make it easy to forget who you are.
But like any liberation from any addiction,
Bearing witness to truth makes you free.
It isn’t so simple as Christ versus Culture as some of my fellow Christians frame it. Sometimes culture is a better option than Christian doctrine. One might say, that sometimes Christ is culture over against Christian doctrine.
There has been much discussion in the news about the monuments to confederate soldiers and leaders. I think this is an opportunity. This is an opportunity to build new monuments. Monuments to those whose history has been ignored and suppressed. Monuments of bridge- builders and peacemakers, monuments to people of color, the diversity of the rainbow who made life better and more whole for everyone. Monuments to people in Beaverton’s own history who built bridges and homes of peace.