Friday, January 14, 2005

Welcome Googlers

I shouldn't make this second post, 'cause it means that people probably won't read the other one I JUST wrote below it. :) BUT, I thought I should post and say "Welcome, Googlers!" I use SiteMeter, which tells me how many people have visited my blog, and where they were at on the web before they got here. WELL, it turns out that quite a few folks get here by Googling "Matt 25:40"! That is awesome. I'm am SOOOOOOO pleased that I chose that name for the blog. I was so happy about that I just had to write something about it. I hope that at least some of the folks who find it will stop by again, and post some comments (you can post anonymously, so don't be afraid!).

Have a good weekend.

Ah, purity

So the ELCA is the latest church to be dragged through the media circus re: its policies on homosexuality and the clergy. Wow, I'll bet their work will make NO ONE happy.

Here's a new twist: since denominations seem to be driven to keep "sinners" out of the pulpit, I say we start a contest. What other "sins" should preclude clergy from being ordained? I mean, while we are expecting perfection of our church leaders, let's be specific. I'll start: my favorite is greed/materialism. How can we expect them to offer their coat when ask for their shirt, if they are coveting their neighbor's Lexus?

What's your favorite sin that we should stamp out among the clergy?

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The divisions among us

I spoke of the heaviness of the blog reading I was doing yesterday... here are a few examples that still have me a bit depressed and perplexed about the state of Christianity:

From A Religious Liberal Blog:
"I was struck by my conversation with a Southern Baptist campus minister. He informed me that he could never work with the local UCC Disciples campus ministry because of our open stance to gay and lesbians. "

From Chuck Currie:
This discussion of efforts to take advantage of the tsunami by turning it into an opportunity to evangelize.

And this nonsense about wasting time creating divisions instead of doing God's work.

From Fr. Jake Stops the World:
This discussion of the Episcopal Church (USA)'s discussion of homosexuality.

From The Faithful Skeptic:

We currently have five volunteer chaplains who are all non-denominational, conservative, evangelical Christians. Our chaplains have engaged in some of the following behaviors:

Couple these discussions with all of the sad news from Iraq and the region affected by the tsunami, and well, things have been cheerier in Godblog-dom, eh?

I suppose that the reality is that there are legions of ordinary, everyday laity who are simply trudging ahead with their lives, many doing great things in the name of Christ.

Here's a challenge... maybe we should attempt to gather a bit of news about the joys and accomplishments of Christians for a bit of a reprieve? There must be lots of great news to share about the courage of tsunami victims, the willingness of others to help (both in terms of donations and donating their time/efforts)...

Mark

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Life is heavy

Take a drive around the Blogroll on my blog, and you'll find a lot of heaviness out there these days. Must be something in the water. Torture has become a part of our lexicon again (after all of these years of believing that "we are the good guys, we don't behave like barbarians")... the tsunami news is enough to make anyone stop and ponder the meaning of it all... Christians are at each others' throats over politics, abortion, homosexuality...

I have nothing new or profound to add to any of it. I'll just take it all in and think about it. And in the end, the most productive thing I'm likely to do with it is pray. Just pray.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Time for an update

Wow, I just can't seem to get back into the rhythm of updating the blog. First, here's an interesting read about someone spreading the Gospel with their actions [to paraphrase St. Francis]:
http://jesselv.blogspot.com/

On the Holy Ground project front, our next step is to gather together to make an action plan. We have a meeting scheduled for the end of the month. So far, so good.

One thing troubles me: why would a group of Methodists be so reluctant to embrace this sort of thing? Or Christians of any stripe? How utterly, painfully ironic. I'm praying for them heartily these days. But, we all do what we can-- some more than others, like my friend Jesse. Blog on.