“How I treat a brother or sister from day to day, how I react to the sin-scarred wino on the street, how I respond to interruptions from people I dislike, how I deal with normal people in their normal confusion on a normal day may be a better indication of my reverence for life than the antiabortion sticker on the bumper of my car.”
― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out
“I ain’t here to argue about his facial features, or here to convert atheists into believers, I’m just trying to say the way the school need teachers, the way Kathy Lee needed Regis, that’s the way I need Jesus.”
“For thousands of years, people have viewed the symbol of the cross as an icon of hope. But does it ever strike you as strange that the cross is actually an ancient execution device? In this short film, progressive pastor Rob Bell shows us a different way to look at this enduring symbol and how it can help us make peace with our past.”
-(via OWN TV)
“The religious leaders of the day had written the script for the Messiah. When Jesus announced he was the Messiah, the Pharisees and others screamed at him, “There is no Jesus in the Messiah script. Messiahs do not hang out with losers. Our Messiah does not break all the rules, Our Messiah does not question our leadership or threaten our religion or act so irresponsibly. Our Messiah does not disregard his reputation, befriend riffraff, or frequent the haunts of questionable people.” Jesus’ reply? “This Messiah does”! Do you see why Christianity is called “good news”? Christianity proclaims that it is an equal-opportunity faith, open to all, in spite of the abundance of playwrights in the church who are more than anxious to announce, “There is no place for you in Christianity if you [wear an earring/have a tattoo/drink wine/have too many questions/look weird/smoke/dance/haven’t been filled with the Spirit/aren’t baptized/swear/have pink hair/are in the wrong ethnic group/have a nose ring/have had an abortion/are gay or lesbian/are too conservative or too liberal].”
― Mike Yaconelli
If you’re waiting for a sign. This is it.
This Crucifixion Popsicle and its uniquely designed cross stick is a comment from the artist, Sebastian Errazuriz, on the close relationship between extreme religious fanaticism and religious bloodbaths throughout history.
I second that comment. Religion makes for a horrible God. I chose Jesus instead.
Now where can I get a box? Will the Ice Cream man carry these exclusively on Sundays?
So many questions, so few answers. (sigh.)