These are the best things I’ve seen on the internet this week (no promises they were written the week featured). This regular Friday installment will be full of the awesome theological, creative, interesting, thought-provoking, ethically-challenging, or just ridiculously cool or funny things I rip from the threads of the inter-webs each week. Feel free to challenge me, or add your own in the comments.
#1 :: Resurrection! Your thinking about this all wrong!
There has been some interesting back and forth about the Resurrection over at Patheos this week between Tony Jones and Marcus Borg, and I think David Henson has the most interesting look at it. He argues for a sacramental understanding and ever ongoing understanding of the resurrection. “The Gospel stories of the resurrection are not intended to prove the resurrection happened bodily, literally, and historically. Rather, they are intended to invite us — the disciple of today — to experience the ongoing reality of resurrection.” I particularly like that understanding. Do I like Tony believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ? Yes, yes I do. Do I think others perspectives like that of Borgs should be reduced to some “in their heart” statement? Nope. I think David offers an expanding understanding which lately for me has become an important marker of good theology.
#2 :: Karoake as Church
Ever in my reader, theologian, thinker, psychologist, practicer of Christianity Dr. Beck kicks ass once again this week offering a reflection around his first Karaoke experience that describes what I hope to get out of worship each week in the church. I really wish my church was described this way “Standing on the outside looking in Karaoke had seemed kind of weird and strange. But on the other side of it Karaoke was found to be fun, communal and very, very human.”
#3 :: Beartrum makes everyone happy!
Bumbling around the inter-webs this week, I came across a new blog (for me) from this hilariously entertaining woman who claims to be better than Mother Theresa. This post is her story of finding the newest member of her family hanging on a wall in a store: Beartrum. I want you to have the full effect so just go read it. Seriously.
And just for kicks…