Why are people in church ministry so terrible at asking people for things well? in my latest Out of Ur post, I dig in to the root issue. Oh, and Amanda Palmer shows up, too.
If you lead people, you are constantly choosing to engage with them either as tools to be used or human beings to be empowered.
Illustrated by the always excellent Kyle Rohane, here’s my hairy and humorous take on the beards that pastors wear. Via Out of Ur.
My brief reflections on a great man, over at Out of Ur.com:
Central to Richard’s life and ministry was the drive to walk in the path of Jesus as a proud and faithful Native man. He challenged the institutional church with his bold and joyful worship of triune Creator through his traditional dances and ceremonies, and with his sharp theology that refused to allow the “cowboys” to co-opt the gospel. He had a vision of a Christ-sprung justice that joyfully drummed down racial barriers. He was bold in speaking the truth, often blending cultural confrontation with a dark, hilarious sense of humor that lightened a room while twitching the truth just a little deeper into our ribs.
My piece on the Zombie Apocalypse is now in front of the paywall over at Christianity Today. Go read it while it’s free, Sparkies!
The true villains in such stories are not the dead, but the broken living. Zombies serve as an elemental force in the plot, like a flood or a hurricane in disaster movies. The dead force the true conflict—humanity’s inability to be truly human.
Go read my new post on “Insider Movements” over on Out of Ur.
It seems that now (as always) Christ’s bride is preparing herself, secretly and smiling, in unexpected places. She is dressing in the temples and mosques of our Hindu and Muslim neighbors. She is even dressing herself in our churches, where some followers of Jesus are called to insider movements of a different kind.
Read the piece and share your thoughts.
The search for your funky Christmas soundtrack is over 4 ever. Listen here.
Booty Claus is here, baby.
Thanks to Kevin Emmert for the bootylicious shout out.