Who: Anyone who has access to this blog or "belongs" to the cohort
Where: The home of Wayne and Ruth Ann Hamilton
19761 Powder Lick Rd, Raymond 43067 (about 10 miles north of Marysville)
When: Saturday, New Year's Eve, (12/31/11) 7pm
Why: To celebrate the new year over food, drink, cards, and games
How: My family will all arrive in automobiles. You may arrive in any style you feel comfortable with. Also,there will be plenty of children so don't bother with the sitter (Warning: My mother might "steal" any babies or small children as you walk in the door, but she will return them at the end of the evening). Pets are welcome as well, plenty of room to roam around on the property, and a few nooks to hide away inside the house and take a nap, if they so choose.
Fondue is on the menu. Cory and my sis will be in charge of that. Since my sis is involved the final menu probably wont be set until an hour before party is started (we are a family of procrastinators if you haven't already figured that out). I know there will be a cheese and a chocolate fondue, along with a fruit and veggie tray. Cory's planning on making an "adult" punch, there will also be, soda, beer, wine, and water to drink. If you want to make a finger food dish, by all means please do, but it is NOT a requirement. Also, there is a heated shop so if you have a tasty cigar you would like to fire up----that option is available as well.
If you want to RSVP (or you have a question) please do so by commenting. Hope to see ya.
I am extremely grateful to be part of a group who allows this "process of becoming" to those willing to actively participate. These ideas of "process", "becoming" and "participation" have been reoccurring ideas in my life recently. It seems like any book I pick up or any podcast I listen to has been shot through this lens of "process". I cant adequately define it, especially in theological terms, but let me say this, process is what we live in and through everyday. Our processes are what make us. Each of us has a story (the process) of our past from somewhere and understand we have a story (process) of future that will take us somewhere. What is it about our stories (processes) that brought us together; around a colorful square of cardboard, a few markers, a drawing board to communicate on, in a remote room, in a small town, on a given night?
I recently read a story of a Rabbi who was traveling that came upon a fork in the road. After careful directional consideration he decided which path he would take. At the end of this chosen path he came upon the castle of the ruling Queen in that particular territory. As he walked up to the gate, an armed centurion called out, "Who are you and why are you here?" The Rabbi pondered the question and answered back, "How much are you paid to ask that?" The centurion reply, " The Queen graciously gives me 10 denari a week for my services." The Rabbi chuckled and responded, "I'll give you 20 if you follow me around and ask me that same question everyday."
I think that in this season of advent (which means; coming, or arriving), it is most important to keep the centurion's question in the forefront of our minds. But not just that question, let's also keep the Rabbi's response close to it. Notice the Rabbi is asking for "everyday" participation. It's a great question, from the centurion, but it means nothing if its left behind and forgot about. The everyday question has to follow us through our processes. As active participants, we often crash into "cutthroat" traditions with competitive juices that are determined to change the rules, in order to distract us from our freedom to participate. This everyday question frees us from those distractions.
So, in that room, on that given night, was it just a game? Was it just another gathering in order to distract us from our chaotic lives of our individual dramas in pain, disagreement, separation, division, divorce, sickness, or the (dis)ease of our past? (At least in my case). I think not!
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people."....... Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with an angel, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will toward mankind"
When God enters our world, angelic host proclaim it. When God participates he can't help but to leave behind peace. That's just what happens. Underneath (my) tradition, underneath (my) ego, underneath the (dis)ease of (my) past there IS peace. The season requires us to remember that arrival and to anticipate what it truly means to be. When God comes, peace will surely follow, but participation (being) is required.
By focusing on advent, my hope is to notice, a little more intently this year, how important active participation is. Even though it can be uncomfortable at times, even though the rules aren't always agreed upon, even if I don't get my way. The idea that God (through humanity in Jesus) would participate in this same journey of competitive traditions ---hellbent on distracting him--- in order to usher in peace for all--- this is something I can only grasp through a "participation process." The same way Jesus did.
I have only been apart of this group for a few months. When I started peace was something I didnt think much about, because I was to wrapped up in that (dis)ease of my past. It's only been through your friendships that the centurion's question was brought back in my mind. It's only been through your gifts of patience and acceptance that I've noticed the importance of the repetition of that question. These are great gifts to realize! Thank you all! Merry Christmas!
--Boys rule, Girls drool!----there's always next year pictionarians! (pretty obvious I live with a 1st grader)
The Millers (hosts) will provide MEATS, DRINKS and TABLESERVICE.
Please RSVP by Dec. 8th and inform us if you will be bringing a side dish and or dessert. We will also need to know how many will be attending.
Gift Exchange: Optional - No parameters theme wise (ie: goofy/gag/serious/thoughtful)- $10 to $15 range if purchased -
Looking forward to lots of fun!
Address: 179 Bridgeport Way
Delaware, OH 43015
The Zack and Eve welcome back for awhile party is going to be Saturday at 7:00 at my house (1270 Courtland Ave). Bring a snack/drinks if you would like and a game. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Zack and Eve, then for you this will be a great chance to meet them, so please come.
At some point some of us will head over to my show at Bernie's on High Street. I'll need to be there around 9:00ish, and my band should start our set between 10:00 and 10:30. It's a free show. Info here.
There is no need for gifts, the Schroeders were wanting this to be a time for us to pray for them, and baby Aleli, and for this to be her introduction to the Cohort. I'm sure there will be lots of ohhhing and ahhhing. Come prepared with your best baby voice :).
In the past we have always had an Operation Christmas Child event. If you are not familiar with OCC, here is a link to more info. You can also e-mail me if you want me to explain further. In the past, we have met, left to go shop together, then came back to our house to wrap boxes. Somehow, in the most recent planning we forgot to add this in. I always love this event and wanted to be sure we didn't miss the opportunity this year.
So on Sunday, the 23rd, please come and meet at our house (Adam & Kara's) at 3:00pm. We can disperse from our house to Big Lots, and/or Target and come back to the house to wrap gifts. I will also probably put a pot of soup or chili in the crock pot if you want to stay for dinner. Please plan on bringing a shoebox(s) to fill and wrap, money for the gifts inside and a check to Samaritan's Purse for handling (will find out the exact amount and get back to you, I believe in the past it was $12-15 per box).
Need directions or more info? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / text/call: 614-557-5768
Let's get together this Sunday at 5:00 for a Celebration of the Faithful and a pot-luck meal. We will be at 1270 Courtland Ave. and anyone is welcome. Please post in the comments section if you can come and what you plan to bring.
Please come at 6:15 and so we can begin together at 6:30. Let me know if you need directions.
Hope to see you then,
It's our turn to host the C.of F. this Sunday and as has been the case lately once again the logistics are challenging. Lots going on for various cohort attendees and to be honest the economy impacts peoples mobility as well.
We are up to hosting but would like to hear from whoever is considering coming before we invest the preparation needed. Just being practical :/
Sunday @ 5pm
179 Bridgeport Way
Delaware, OH 43015
If we scrub the C.of F. perhaps there is the option to do something at the hospital so as to include the Schroeders...wouldn't have the same "edge" but would be community-ish:). Totally their call of course.
love to all
I know there are many things going on and that Adam and Kara will be out of town. A guest, Rebekah Lyons, has expressed interested in the Cohort and will be joining us on Wednesday night.
If you need directions or address, please let me know.
Hope to see you there,
This came in the MINemergent daily email, and I really liked it.
In praise of the semicolon
In Praise of the Semicolon
Never put a period,
or colon or even a comma
where God put a semicolon.
Unlike the settled-
or the colon's
invitation to see all
or the exclamation point's
or even the lighthearted
comma with its
us in the middle
without yielding to one
thing or the other.
It's so easy to get lost
along the way where
there is so much
pushing and pulling.
God I believe;
Help my unbelief.
There are discussion questions and guidelines in the book, so this will help keep the conversation somewhat organized. But, we can go off on our own tangents if we want. We can see what everyone thinks about how to proceed with conversation on this book. One idea would be to keep it going on the Blog site. Something like a book conversation is difficult to attempt for one evening and I doubt that everyone would want to schedule a discussion for several weeks. Then again, maybe you would. Anyway, we can keep that open and see what happens.
The discussion will be at Adam and Kara Newby's house on Sunday. If would be a good idea to have an idea of how many are going to be there. So, let me or Kara know, OK? My phone is 505-7410.
What are your "high life" moments? When you think about your life, what are the experiences that were so good, you will always remember them? These experiences shape our lives in a many ways, and it can be meaningful to share them with each other.
So, this Sunday, at 5pm, at the Schroeder's House, join us for a discussion of the High Life. We'll share stories, sing a few songs, read the story of the Transfiguration, share communion, and perhaps a few "High Lifes" too.
This is a "Celebration of the Faithful," which means potluck - the theme (given the great weather and upcoming football season) is "tailgating." We'll make sure the grill is hot, so bring your favorite side dish, meat or veggie burger, or dessert to share with the group.
Please post that you are coming, and what food you will bring, so we can plan accordingly.
1) A regularly scheduled meeting, during the week, in which we would have a low-key time of prayer and sharing communion. Nancy offered to host this, every other Wednesday. The dates are on the google calendar, and if you need directions or more info, shoot us an email.
2) We only scheduled gatherings for every other week. This is in hopes that we will be able to keep our commitments, as well as not have too much planned. For the "empty" weeks, we can certainly add in other events, watching a movie, or just hanging out. Anyone is welcome to suggest other gatherings or events around Columbus.
Keep an eye on the google calendar (to the right) to see what is coming up! Blessings to all -
I look forward to seeing everyone again.
6745 Avery-Muirfield Drive, Dublin, OH
You may want to bring a blanket in case we end up in a nearby park due to a packed house at Caribou (the Irish Festival is this weekend in Dublin:) )
I just finished reading Rob Bell's "Love Wins" and Francis Chan's response book, "Erasing Hell." I am blogging my thoughts and responses to both books on my personal blog, here.
Just thought I'd invite everyone over to read my thoughts and perhaps share some of your own.
Has anyone else read either of these two books? Any thoughts about them?
On a related point I need to get Mike's book into the hands of those who are interested. So since this summer is proving to be challenging as far as the cohort meeting consistently I'm open to suggestions about how to make that happen. I was thinking that if I got them to somebody who sees other cohort peeps outside of the cohort context and lives in a more central geographic location than I do they would have a better shot at distributing the books.
love to all
There will be no cohort gathering on Sunday July 10.
UPDATE (from Jesse): Here is some more information about the exhibit:
"This exhibition should feature something to suit everyone's tastes, including medieval manuscripts, original copies of the many different English Bible translations produced during the sixteenth century, literature and art inspired by the style, language and content of the Bible." It runs until August 28th, so we could plan to check it out another time.
The Thompson Library is open from 11am till midnight. Just outside of the library is the Oval, a great place to sit in the shade of a tree and chat for a bit. We could also find a spot to sit and talk in the library if the weather is too hot.
For those who live further away, I would recommend parking on 15th and walking to the library. Other parking ideas?
We have scheduled to meet from 3-5pm. This is the only time I can make it, because Kel and I have dinner plans with family.
So in summary:
However, if very few people are interested or will be able to make it, we should definitely reschedule. I know Nick wants to see the exhibit, and there may be a better time. Therefore, PLEASE, comment here or respond via email to let everyone know your plans one way or another. I'll check back Sunday morning and post a definite yes/no.
This Sunday our plan was to look at the free King James Bible exhibit at OSU's main library. I had pushed for this one since I am a history and old book dork, but it turns out I will be out of town this weekend and unable to make it. There is information about the exhibit here: http://www.manifoldgreatness.org/, though I think we are a 'traveling exhibit' so I'm not entirely sure how much is here, though from what we read earlier I think a great deal. Does anyone have a link to that info?
In any case, since I won't be here to head things up, perhaps this is not the best activity. Thoughts?
This Monday, to celebrate the 4th, we are going to go to the Doo Dah Parade and then to Nick's house for a BBQ. If you've never seen the Doo Dah Parade, you really should. The website is http://www.doodahparade.com/ We'll meet at Nick's house (1270 Courtland Ave.) at 12:30 and then walk to find a shady spot to sit and watch the parade go by. Afterwards we'll head back to Nick's for a cookout. Please post in the comments what you plan to bring for the cookout - meat, veggies, sides, drinks, etc.
Happy Doo Dah!
Update: We will meet at the Clintonville Panera on High St. Directions here.
New Update: The meeting today is cancelled. Sorry for the confusion. Because of some people traveling and other commitments it is being called off. Have a good day!
Also, the book discussion came upon me much sooner than I thought it was going to be. I haven't ordered by books for the group. This was very stupid on my part. I should have ordered them immediately after we decided on the book. I'm sort of famous for forgetting or putting things off. I think I put this off and then forgot. (A double MY BAD!!) I have one copy. Do any of you have copies? I will put in the order on Saturday.
I really sorry. There's no excuse. I messed up.
Mary plans to have the grill fired up and will no doubt be whipping up culinary magic as she is wont to do. So (this time) the host will provide the meats, drinks and salads. If you would like to bring some contribution to the meal we will share... "snack items" would be a good choice!
Everyone is invited. Please don't stay away if you have never joined us before. This will a perfect opportunity to connect with us:)
!!! PLEASE RSVP VIA COMMENTS BY SATURDAY NIGHT !!!
179 Bridgeport Way
Delaware, OH 43015
love to all,
Do you remember---the REAL America?...
When riots were unthinkable....
When you left the front doors open...
When socialism was a dirty word...
When the flag was a sacred symbol...
When criminals actually went to jail...
When you weren't afraid to go out at night...
When taxes were only a necessary nuisance...
When a boy was a boy and dressed like one...
When the poor were too proud to take charity...
When the clergy actually talked about religion...
When clerks and repairmen tried to please you...
When songs had a tune and the words made sense...
When young fellows tried to join the Army or Navy...
When people knew what the 4th of July stood for...
When a Sunday drive was a pleasant trip, not an ordeal...
When you bragged about your hometown, and home state...
When everyone didn’t feel entitled to a college education...
When people expected less and valued what they had more....
When politicians proclaimed their patriotism, and meant it...
When everybody knew the difference between right and wrong...
When our government stood up for Americans, anywhere in the world...
When you knew the law would be enforced, and that your safety was protected...
When the law meant justice, and you felt a shiver of awe at the sight of a policeman...
When you weren’t embarrassed to say that this is the best country in the world...
When America was a land filled with brave, proud, confident, hard-working people....
When God was honored and revered as GOD!...
May God help us restore that STATE!
Is this what the rural "church" has come to?..... Why is it that young people are rejecting the church?..... And we act surprised?
Just wondered what you guys think. I have deep feelings for the people of this church, I've grown up with them, I've been taught by them. We've sang, danced, communed, dined, loved, laughed, cried, partied together. Is this truly the mindset of our "leaders", is this what all those years have come to? "......a boy was a boy and dressed like one", what's that mean?----Do you remember the REAL America?---Seriously?
We will have s'mores to share, but feel free to bring anything else you want to roast for yourself or drink.
Looking forward to seeing everyone Sunday evening! Post if you plan to make it.
Change in venue: We will be meeting at Nick's house.
We are still deciding what movie to watch, but the possibilities are:
Of God's and Men"(We'll watch this later, once it's out on DVD)
- "The Mission"
- "Winter's Bone"
- "127 Hours"
- "The King's Speech"
Tomorrow we will meet at 3:00PM at the Whetstone Branch Columbus Metro Library in Clintonville for a discussion about the U.S. killing Osama bin Laden. Please feel free to share your thoughts about this matter whether they be definitive or conflicted. We have the meeting room until the library closes at 5:00PM.
Re-CreationGod is never finished with creation, and God is never finished with us. We are constantly being re-created and we are invited to join God as co-re-creators of the world. This re-creation happens in our attitudes and spirits as much as in the physical world. We re-create when we replace hate with love, hurt with healing, despair for hope. Our prayers beckons re-creation. We join this re-creation as we ask God do anew in us what God has done throughout the centuries. We pray for sight returned, babies born, lives revived. We seek mercy unmasked, love unimpeded, and faith remade. We join with all creation in seeking re-creation. For we know that all creation has been groaning for remaking right up to the present time. And even we groan to be released from pain and suffering. We wait for God to give us our full life as children, including renewed bodies; we eagerly look forward to this freedom. Doug PagittBody Prayer
We will have a meal, potluck style, either pre- or post- discussion. Please post if you are coming and
what you are planning on bringing.
We are breaking from our routine this Sunday and doing a little service project.
We'll be picking up trash in Weinland Park where 3 of us currently live, and several others have lived over the past couple years. We'll meet at Nick's house at 3pm. We will have pickers and trash bags, but no gloves if you want those. Feel free to come when you can. We should be easy to spot.
Why do we do this? There are few acts more loving towards our neighbors than cleaning the places where they and their children live. If a community is clean, people treat it with more respect and start to respect themselves more. Also, it can be rewarding and satisfying to pick up all that broken glass and litter. If you've never done it before, it is almost meditative.
Post comments or questions- hope to see you all on Sunday!
Please Note: Nancy is feeling under the weather, and so asked that the location be changed today. Due to other circumstances, we have decided to move the meeting to an evening this week (Tues. or Thurs.) More info to come.
If you have a preference of what night to meet, feel free to leave a note in the comment section.
And if anyone would like to bring light snacks to share during the planning time, that would be appreciated too :)
Please think about some ideas to share with the group, such as:
- A book you are reading that you would like to discuss
- A general topic you are interested in
- Are you willing to host a Community Night or a Celebration of the Faithful?
- Are there special events happening around Columbus that the Cohort could do together? (for example, we all know Nick will talk about the Jazz and Rib Fest!)
- Is there a spiritual practice you would like to suggest to the cohort?
As always, anyone is welcome to come and share their ideas and suggestions. Hope to see you there!
|The sanctuary at Prince of Peace|
Kellye and I will also be going to the Easter service at Prince of Peace - the "sunrise service" is 8am, and then there is a 10:30am service. There is also a breakfast open to everyone at 9:15. Anyone from the cohort is welcome to join us, and you will get to meet my family and get a taste of what my childhood was like :)
However, the cohort could also go to an Easter service somewhere else. Any other suggestions of churches in the Columbus area that we would like to visit?
This Sunday, 4/17, we will have an open discussion at the Columbus Public Library Main Branch, in the 3rd floor board room, starting at about 2:30pm. (Note, the library closes at 5, so starting a bit earlier will be good. Please also note that there is parking in the garage below the library for a low cost, about $2, or you can park on the street nearby for free).
This is a very nice, quiet room, and very conducive to a group discussion. Also, I believe we could use a projector and speakers if we wanted to watch a video and discuss it. Some options:
- Video from Rob Bell: The God's Aren't Angry Anymore -or- Everything Is Spiritual
- Discuss any books or topics people are reading lately
- "Community Night" style open sharing and discussion
- Experiences of Lent 2011 - have you been fasting? what have you been thinking about? etc.
- Other topics that people are interested in?
If anyone would like to carpool, please leave a message in the comments section.
We had some good eats, too. Good beer. Good wine. Good friends. What more could we want?
We discussed having a book study. I believe we decided to make the book Brian McLaren's "Finding Our Way Again". I'd like to know how many want to participate in it and what kind of format we want. Shall we make it a blog conversation? Or, would it be better to pick a time every or every-other-week to have a group discussion? If we do this, what night shall it be and at what time? I'm the man with virtually no schedule so it's all good for me. The book will familliarize us with some of the practices throughout the various Christian traditions that can develop us in our spiritual walk and awareness. Probably a good thing to do, huh? :>} One suggestion: This is something we could do at a coffee house. Hmmmmmm?
All of your concerens are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all! Sure miss those we haven't seen for awhile.
This will be a potluck - so please put in the comment section what item you will be bring.
I have grown too accustomed to either having to take a defensive position or an outight offensive position. Being offensive has never made me feel very good, but I have been by churchess and politics to many times in my life to count. Because of this, I have not been able to put my whole heart into any church or group that I have belonged to. I have been holding my heart back with the group because it is not easy to give it all. You all have been great and have made me feel that I am truly a part of the Cohort, not just a token Gay or something similar. You all are the real thing and I want to say "Thanks" and "God bless you all abundantly"! I feel like one of the most fortunate people alive, you mean that much to me.
May we all have a blessed mission for our lives!
This leads me to another idea. I am an avid "Purchaser of Books". When I get moved into my mobile home in June, I would like to catalog the books I have and provide them to the Cohort for their edification. I have a sister-in-law who has a masters degree in Library Science, so I shouldn't have any trouble getting them organized. (HA HA!!) I used to have about 500 books but a fire burned almost all of them about 30 years ago. I've moved so many times that I have kept books to a minimum, but I plan to do much more once I am in my new home. As it grows, I would like these books to be available to all of you.
I also would like to know what you all think about submitting some of your own books into this library. Everything will be carefully catelogged and lending records will be complete and accurate. Perhaps we can ad this to a group discussion. I will appreciate your feedback.
We will meet at 2:30pm at the North Market in the same area upstairs. If you cannot make it but have some ideas you would love to add to the discussion, please post them here. We enjoy hearing from others in any form of contribution.
Looking forward to seeing each of you there!
This video promoting Rob Bell's new book has caused quite a stir online. (BTW, note the article linked is written by our old friend Sarah Pulliam).
I know we've talked about the Heaven/Hell debate before, but I thought I'd just throw it out on here since we are supposed to be "emergent" - thoughts on this video?
As probably all of you already know, the new band I'm in is debuting this Friday at Espresso Yourself Music Cafe on 50 West Powell rd. in Powell (thanks Scot and Mary for the connection!).
Here is a bit about the show:
Houndstooth Bindles is a brand new group playing some of your old-timey favorites, some new-timey numbers, and a bindle full of originals.
The band includes:
Nick Johnson on mandolin and stuff
Virginia Pishioneri on banjo and things
Jarod Ogier on guitar and vocal stylings
Lois Kwa on fiddle and buisness
Bill Wolfe on bass and whatnot
Come on out! We will be playing with Gary Demos at 7 pm, Bob Lyons Band at 8:30 pm, and then Houndstooth Bindles at 10.
Anyone who can tell us at the show what a bindle is gets a high five.
Cover is $4. Scot tells me they have great food. I'm going to try to be there by at least 7:30 to enjoy what look like very tasty paninis.
So, this Sunday we have an "open day" - previously we had planned to have a guest speaker, but that had to be rescheduled. Right now, we have the time of 2:30-5:00pm reserved at the main library downtown. This is a free reservation, but if we aren't going to use it, I would like to cancel in a timely manner. So, here are some options/suggestions:
- Discussion session about a book/topic (at the library) - could be about anything :)
- Composting stories activity that we didn't do last week (Jesse or Nancy could lead this) - at the library, or another location
- Plan to go to Nick's "show" Friday March, 4th, which would be two things for the following weekend, but nothing this weekend.
- Something else, like just having dinner together, watching/discussing a movie, or other ideas?
I forgot to bring up the Wild Goose Festival in June. If you've checked it out, I'd like to know if you have considered going. It sounds like it will be an amazing event! If you haven't read about it, please do and maybe we can arrange going together.
I thought that was a great idea and I asked Curt, Roger and Tracy if they would be willing to participate in that kind of discussion. They agreed!
Nick reminded me that Julia suggested awhile ago that we could meet at the North market. They have seating upstairs where we can get a table. Added bonus--there are all sort of tasty, local treats at the North Market, without the pressure to buy anything.
So this Sunday let's meet from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the North Market in the upstairs area.
Hope to see you on Sunday!
I think one of the major things I think I've learned from Emergent is more how to believe then specifically what to believe. I know Rob Bell uses the analogy of springs vs bricks in Velvet Elvis (although I haven't read the book). This also reminds me of a past post by Nancy about where to even begin.
You know those pictures of the universe, the sun, and other astrological bodies. When I see those pictures I “believe” that’s what it’s like, but I also know that’s not exactly what it looks like. I know the picture is just a representation of the real thing. Maybe the image was taken using radio waves or ultraviolet light to form the picture, and that if I really looked at the sun with my naked eyes I wouldn’t see solar flares popping out. I know if I was really a zillion miles away the universe or Milky Way wouldn’t look like that picture because it’s just a mathematical model made in lab. My belief in the accuracy of that picture is also tied with unbelief, and uncertainty. If someone tried to tell me that Saturn actually has gold bands around it, and showed me a picture to prove it, I would say “No I don’t believe those are actual bands they are just clumps of rocks that look like bands in this picture.” I have some ambiguity about it of how many rocks or how close etc. but I also have a certain amount of firm belief that the picture is wrong at the same time as belief that it is right.
My belief in hell is similar in some ways. I believe Jesus, and the apostles were talking about a spiritual reality, but hell is a spiritual reality that we can’t easily see or understand. So Jesus talked about it in metaphors – a fiery furnace, a lake of fire, the trash dump, the underworld, destruction, death etc. These are all pictures of a spiritual reality that I believe exists, but at the same time I have uncertainty about the pictures, and some belief that they are incorrect. I don’t think there will be an actual furnace or a literal lake that is on fire. I’m uncertain about the specifics of who goes there, and for how long, and the technicalities of how justification works. I believe Jesus when He speaks about hell in the Bible, I also don't believe it. I believe more strongly that God is love, that love wins, and that I am to embody that love and share that love with others.
What do you guys think? Is there a line of becoming so relativistic that you can't even speak truth? How do you hold your beliefs and convictions with humility, and passion without them becoming bricks? I've been criticized for letting my feelings get in the way of my interpretation of the Bible, but I don't see that as a problem. How do YOU believe? Where do you start? What does an Emergent FAITH look like?
A recent blogger, who I assume is from Columbus because of what she says, wrote about the need for someone to write about the idea of Christian privilege. She also points to the hipster Christian movement in Columbus, which I had never really thought about until she pointed it out. Anyway, I wanted to see what you all thought about her post and if you think there is a need to write about Christian privilege, what might you say about it? Just as interesting as the post itself are the comments, though I have not read all of them. Thoughts?
I really enjoyed our gathering yesterday, and it has been such a pleasure to get to know new folks in the cohort. I was looking ahead at the next two weeks, and have a few thoughts.
1) This coming Sunday we have scheduled to do "Composting Stories." You all know that I love this activity, but I also feel like I have "led" several of the last meetings (food discussion, yesterday's worship gathering) so I wanted to open it up and see if anyone had anything else they would like to do or talk about. We do not have a location set for next week either. Thoughts?
2) The following week (February 27) we have a room in the main library reserved from 2:30-5:00. This was originally for a guest speaker (friend of Nancy's) but they had to reschedule for a later date. Ideas or thoughts for what to discuss on Feb. 27th?
One other idea I had was to open the table up to some of the new cohort friends and allow them to share about what ideas/topics/authors have brought them to the emergent conversation. What are the themes of emergent Christianity that are attractive to them? What parts of "traditional Christendom" are they struggling with? etc.
OK - those are just some of my thoughts - feel free to share in the comments section any ideas or suggestions.
We will meet at 3pm, Sunday Feb. 12th, at Nick's House. Email email@example.com if you have questions.
I also wanted to share this song with everyone. Musically, it's pretty different (emo rock, or something). But I really like the lyrics and it makes me think about what we have going on in the cohort.
Why burn poor and lonely under a bowl,
Under a lampshade or on the shelf
Beside the bed where at night
You lay turning like a door on it's hinges?
(First on your left side, then on your right side, then your left side again)
Why burn poor and lonely?
Tell all the stones, we're gonna make a building.
We'll be cut into shape & set into place or if you'd rather be a window,
I'll gladly be the frame, reflecting any kind of words.
We'll let in all the blame
(And ruin our reputation all the same)
Never mind our plan making,
We'll start living......anyway,
Aren't you unbearably sad?
Then why burn so poor and lonely?
We'll be torches together! torches together
With whatever respect, our tattered Dignity demands
Torches together, hand in hand
Why pluck one string - What good is just one note?
Oh, one string sounds fine I guess....We were once 'One Note',
We were lonely wheat quietly ground into grain
(What light and momentary pain!)
So why this safe distance, this curious look?
Why tear out single pages when you can throw away the book?
Why pluck one string when you can strum the guitar?
Strum the guitar!
With no beginning, with no end
Take down a guitar and strum the guitar
strum the the guitar if you're afraid,
And I'm afraid and everyone's afraid
And everyone knows it but we don't have to be afraid anymore
You played the flute but no one was dancing
You sang a sad song and none of us cried
you played such a sad song....such a sad song