“What if salvation has everything to do

“What if salvation has everything to do with how we respond to poverty, homelessness, racism, and systemic injustice? What if your “personal relationship to Jesus” is informed not just by how much you pray or whether you have the proper view of the trinity, but by how you treat the people Jesus had a nasty habit of hanging out with — you know, the folks on the fringes … the ones on food stamps, the ones who get fired for being gay, the ones whose children languish in jail cells on non-violent drug possession charges, the ones who come to this country as refugees trying to escape the death and violence in their homelands?” http://ow.ly/FD5f3047TZq

But it’s hermeneutically dishonest to co

But it’s hermeneutically dishonest to contort the Bible into a narrative that sees the fine folks on the low end of the power/wealth scale (i.e., the ones who gave us the Bible) wasting a whole lot of time writing a book meant to ensure that, above all else, rich people get to keep their toys from the hands of the predatory poor and their agents—the government. http://ow.ly/vhSQ303G5xJ

“Jesus tells the story of a Samaritan c

“Jesus tells the story of a Samaritan coming to the aid of a stranger in answer to the question: Who is my neighbor? The final answer to that questions turns out not to be the religious leaders who ignore the abandoned man’s plight, but the despised Samaritan. I imagine Jesus didn’t get a lot of amens after telling that story. Too radical. Insufficiently censorious of a person everyone knew didn’t have any rightful claim to God’s favor.”

Why Caring for Syrian Refugees Isn’t Optional for Christians | [D]mergent http://ow.ly/v7cw303sIHG

“I think that’s why white privilege is

“I think that’s why white privilege is such a tough nut to crack among white folks. We’re the heroes of the stories we tell about ourselves, and admitting to hitting the racial and economic lottery drains the narrative of a certain amount of heroic élan. We like to feel that we’ve somehow earned our “blessed” status (see what I did there?).” http://ow.ly/6sfQ303f7zb

“Life (individual or communal) is alway

“Life (individual or communal) is always an exercise in negotiating the potential hazards of risk vs. reward. Interesting lives are rarely lived in 8’x8’ safe rooms, fortified against the encroachment of every imagined danger. Lives that inspire awe and respect are lives that, when faced with fragility, opt to take the chance that failure is almost never worse than just staying at home with your cats and a copy of the Reader’s Digest.” http://ow.ly/vBjy3031PlZ