So thrilled to chat with Brian McLaren for this week’s The Space Between podcast. We talk the Bible, politics, even toilet repair. Give it a listen and a share! Listen to “Brian McLaren” on Spreaker.
This year I created a litany for our Ash Wednesday gathering at MCC. I felt compelled to do this, because many of the confessions that are available (to my knowledge) tend to be anti-human. They play into a negative and unhelpful theology that says…
The symptoms (violence, greed, hate, etc.) of sin are painful, but until we focus on the root cause, healing can’t begin.
When someone peddles in fear, when they try to manipulate you by preying upon your anxiety, you can be sure they aren’t really worried about you at all. Actually, they are trying to prop up themselves. They are seeking to shore up their own slice$ of the pie, their own security.
We can’t stop every act of evil in the world. Of course not. But we can, by our efforts to seek understanding and show compassion, make a difference. We can bring about change. And the truth is, actual human lives–someone’s dad, daughter, brother, aunt, cousin, friend–are depending on it.
There’s a tendency for humans to assume we have the unsoiled vantagepoint on God, and that our opinions are without bias or interpretation. Yet, we all see God through a lens, and too often that lens says more about us than it does about God.
Will we let our critics determine who we are, or will we live into our identity as the beloved?