BREAKING NEWS: This Just Happened and the World May Never Be the Same | UnTangled

Source: BREAKING NEWS: This Just Happened and the World May Never Be the Same | UnTangled

This is Kelly Flannagan at his very best, on the ‘recent’ divorce between Love and Power. A must read. Here is a significant quote:

Religion was divided over the events. In part because that’s what Religion likes to do—divide itself—but also because it has been such a strong public supporter of Love, while quietly relying on Power to grow its numbers. One ecstatic pastor was heard to say, “We’ve been waiting for Love to come home. Faith and Hope have been missing their sibling.” In contrast, another prominent pastor lamented, “We can’t run our business without Power and his buddy Shame. Love should reconcile with them immediately.”

GRACE against sex abuse

GRACE against sex abuse.

Sex abuse in church is a very painful topic and a much deserved discussion.

Stars in the Margins: Philip Yancey Quotes from ‘What’s So Amazing About Grace?’ | Musings of a Hardlining Moderate

Stars in the Margins: Philip Yancey Quotes from ‘What’s So Amazing About Grace?’ | Musings of a Hardlining Moderate.

This is a series of exceptionally well chosen quotes from What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey, one of the most authentic evangelical authors I know,

Thanks, Carson Clark.

Bono on Jesus – An Interview

Here is just a fragment from a very interesting interview given by Bono to Michka Assayas, which can be found in his book called Bono:

Bono: My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ. Christ teaches that God is love. What does that mean? What it means for me: a study of the life of Christ. Love here describes itself as a child born in straw poverty, the most vulnerable situation of all, without honor. I don’t let my religious world get too complicated. I just kind of go: Well, I think I know what God is. God is love, and as much as I respond [sighs] in allowing myself to be transformed by that love and acting in that love, that’s my religion. Where things get complicated for me, is when I try to live this love. Now that’s not so easy.

Michka: What about the God of the Old Testament? He wasn’t so “peace and love”?

Bono: There’s nothing hippie about my picture of Christ. The Gospels paint a picture of a very demanding, sometimes divisive love, but love it is. I accept the Old Testament as more of an action movie: blood, car chases, evacuations, a lot of special effects, seas dividing, mass murder, adultery. The children of God are running amok, wayward. Maybe that’s why they’re so relatable. But the way we would see it, those of us who are trying to figure out our Christian conundrum, is that the God of the Old Testament is like the journey from stern father to friend. When you’re a child, you need clear directions and some strict rules. But with Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross. Continue reading “Bono on Jesus – An Interview”

Concerning Child Abuse and the Church: A Statement

A Public Statement Concerning

Sexual Abuse in the Church of Jesus Christ

Recent allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up within a well known international ministry and subsequent public statements by several evangelical leaders have angered and distressed many, both inside and outside of the Church. These events expose the troubling reality that, far too often, the Church’s instincts are no different than from those of many other institutions, responding to such allegations by moving to protect her structures rather than her children. This is a longstanding problem in the Christian world, and we are deeply grieved by the failures of the American and global Church in responding to the issue of sexual abuse. We do not just believe we should do better; as those who claim the name of Jesus and the cause of the Gospel, we are convinced we must do better. In the hope that a time is coming when Christian leaders respond to all sexual abuse with outrage and courage, we offer this confession and declare the Good News of Jesus on behalf of the abused, ignored and forgotten. Continue reading “Concerning Child Abuse and the Church: A Statement”