what the lgtbq community can teach christians

we can all learn from one another. some people within christianity might think that those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community can’t teach christians anything. i want to assert that anyone can learn anything from anyone if they are willing to listen, if they are willing to be humble, if they are willing to see people as God sees them…

take for example…we can learn that:

God applauds diversity
God creates and sustains all of his creation
God doesn’t have a plumbline within which he accepts people, he accepts all people
God is fiercely committed to who he has made us, whoever we are
God is proud of us because we are his and shouldn’t be ashamed of being His
God’s grace doesn’t extend to those who say that they might see the world through a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ narrative

This is just a few things we can add to the list of things we can gain to learn about God from the LGTBQ community.
We must be embrace all people as God and strip ourselves of condescending labels that separate us from the relationships that God has intended all of us to be in with one another. In fact, he does say when we are all one, we are most like the divine.

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incarnational and attractional

heres’ a response to someone’s blog about incarnational and attractional models of being church…feel free to jump in on the conversation and check him out over on the blogroll…

I am working on a second book about how consumerism has crept in stolen the intentional message of Jesus, which was by nature incarnational. It is about being fully present, fully aware and BEING Christ. Attractional seems to have developed out of the typical marketing schemes we see so prevalent in ad campaigns and companies. Sometimes the danger is that these styles or models of following Jesus become subconscious manipulation and is all about the ’sale’ rather than the relationship. And Jesus proved He wasn’t about the sale by letting a lot of those who were either interested or who were seeking a quick fix to walk away from the whole thing. I think this is why attractional can’t be the best option. Because over time and maybe even unintentionally, the person becomes the product and stops being a person. Really liked the post. And thanks for the comment on mine. Very cool! Stay in touch, will blogroll you as well….

Postmodernism:Why we need it

I understand that postmodern can be quite scary. It can be metaphored as someone pulling the whole rug out from underneath your feet. And most modernists might have been the ones’ to put the rug there. But, nonetheless, the rug is there. But like any old rug it can collect dust, become congested and even old and tattered. So, postmodernism proposes that we need a new rug. A new way to look at things. And the rug they bring in to replace the old rug may look different and may even cover only certain aspects of the floor. But generally, it is a rug. Where the modern rug tried to fit into every genre and every space and find an answer for everything, the postmodern rug seeks to ask questions and understands that sometimes those questions lead to more questions. And that questions are not the enemy, they lead us into a mischevious child-like wonder that draws us to seek the adventure in all we say and do. If we don’t have questions than we have no journey to find the answers. If all we have is answers, what are the right questions? I think postmodernism allows to search. To be in awe and to be in wonder of the reality that life is bigger than finding answers. That life is bigger than certainty. That life is bigger than one religious system. I think also postmodernism reminds us what it looks like to rediscover our innocence. Rabbi Jesus had this tendency to use a child as a metaphor for rediscovering the child like qualities within. The trusting and the curious questioning that both reside within a child’s mind. The audacity to try anything once even if there are apparent dangers staring you in the face. The hunger to want to learn more. The ability to have a wide-eyed defiant hope in the midst of hopeless situations. These are the qualities that postmodernism hopes to reintroduce and restore to the conversation.

Postmodernism is such a vast subject, I definitely don’t seek to contain it in any one blog but only dip into the well of benefits we can gain from it.

The Hello Experiment, Or How people are like their pets

So. I am doing a bit of cultural research. I am saying hello to people in different pitches (they say dogs can hear higher pitches than human, this new research might debunk that theory!) with different expressions to see how and if people react. (Just to inform you I am currently in the UK and it is important to remember that in this culture some people are a bit less open to interaction here; much like certain areas of everywhere in the world). This morning I noticed that if you say hello in a lower pitch than normal some people won’t even recognize you said anything. Others, mostly male with respond with the same gorilla-like grunt of affirmation. I think I also scared one Asian woman, I don’t think she was expecting such a chirpy greeting that early in the morning and to be fair it was the highest pitch I had done thus far, might have broke some window somewhere. But, it is interesting how some people choose not to interact either way. I think it does come back to development in our childhood and how we were taught to socialize and even how we interacted with one another in highschool has a huge effect on how we interact with one another. Ironically if we are made for relationship and haven’t learned how to engage one another or have become afraid because of all the “what if’s”, then how are properly being the best us we could be?? I am asking not to encourage guilt, but seeking dialogue on ways to empower others to be in relationship. Sure relationship is different for each one, so how we interact and how much we interact may determine the depth and desire for relationship, which isn’t wrong..but it is a good thing to ask, how am I condoning the art of building relationships which allows me to be the best me??

rape campaign is a bit anemic

Is this really helpful? There is a campaigned video of over how women shouldn’t become victims of Rape???

I get that they are saying be smart about alcohol consumption and the like. But it is painting it in a light as if it is their fault the treacherous act occurs. And then almost padding the ego’s of the guys by ‘reminding’ them to ask for sex. To use a UK phrase, this is daft! It is a campaign solely based on fear. It is one thing to make people aware and encourage good decisions it is another to create a worldview rife with fear, don’t get me wrong i disagree with the rape and get what the underlying message is but come on, show a little respect for both genders here. I am sure their intentions are pure, but the medium and the message don’t line up…

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Christmas-Rape-Warning-New-Campaign-Urges-Women-Not-To-Drink-Too-Much-And-Men-To-Seek-Consent/Article/200911415478449?lpos=UK_News_Top_Stories_Header_4&lid=ARTICLE_15478449_Christmas_Rape_Warning%3A_New_Campaign_Urges_Women_Not_To_Drink_Too_Much_And_Men_To_Seek_Consent