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 :: Weakness Wins it all!
The ever thought provoking hell destroying Richard Beck lays the smack down theologically this week after being tagged into the ring by Jack Caputo. He triumphantly declares victory on behalf of God over the long slow marathon of Grace, pitting love against time in an extravagant manner. Absolutely brilliantly Dr. Beck flushes out how weakness in love is not coercive, while in any other soteriological deadlines love is rushed and abandoned for violence.
#2 :: Compared to What?
Internet force Seth Godin raises the question in marketing and relativity that poses an very interesting question for consideration when thinking about the church or perhaps even the life of faith. So often we need a frame before we can see the value in something, so often in the church world our measuring stick has been reduced to other churches that share geographic or theological space with us. Should that really be our yardstick?
#3 :: Leftover Jesus?
As most in the preaching world, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about World Communion Sunday, which is this week, and I came across this wonderful reflection on serving the elements of communion. My favorite line is “the holy meal offered to all and received by all–because we are all hungry and because there is always enough.” Joanna goes on to share about how she turned down seconds, only to realize seconds later that more Jesus might be exactly what most of us need. One of my favorite things about working at Mission Bay Community Church in San Fran was every time we did communion, the children would always come up afterwords to take hand fulls of Jesus.
And just for kicks…
#0 :: Millennials: We Suck and We’re Sorry
Take that Baby Boomers!