Monthly Archives: March 2010

Three Things Tuesday

(1)  This is hilarious no matter what you believe.

(2)   “the Bible explains the mystery of Christ’s work in a whole ‘kaleidoscope’ of models, metaphors, theories or stories of salvation, each reflecting a different aspect of this very deep and far reaching problem of ‘sin’ in us and in this world” – Steve Burnhope.

For those of us who have struggled with reconciling the theory of penal substitution with a God of love the idea that there is more than one legitimate atonement theory is a sigh of relief.

Check out this article:

Steve Burnhope: “Culture, Worldview and the Cross: Penal Substitutionary Atonement and 21st Century Mission”

(3)  I thought this was an interesting graph showing the National Debt as a percent of GDP.   Not only does it give a better perspective of our national debt than just throwing a dollar figure out there but I thought it was surprising to find out that the National Debt as a percent of GDP has increased mostly under the Republican Party during the last 60 years.

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Prayer For The Week – The Lord’s Prayer From The Original Aramaic

Here is one beautiful interpretation of The Lord’s Prayer from the original Aramaic:

O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere!

May our future actions grow from here!

Release a space to plant your Presence here.

Envision your “I Can” now.

Embody your desire in every light and form.

Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom.

Untie the knots of failure binding us,

as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults.

Help us not forget our Source,

Yet free us from not being in the Present.

From you arises every Vision, Power and Song

from gathering to gathering.

Amen –

Prayer For The Week – Words

Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD;
keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3

Most of my regrets in life have to do with me saying something that I end up regretting.  Holding my tongue doesn’t come naturally to me.  Sometimes (not as often as I should) I recognize ahead of time a situation that could lead to these sorts of regret and become more careful about the words I use.

At the beginning of this week I realized that all the passion (from both sides) about the health care bill getting passed had the potential to create a perfect storm that I could get caught up in.   So, I am praying Psalm 141:3 this week as I strive to choose my words carefully.

Why Not. Bart?

Prayer For The Week – More Fully Human

Lord, help me become more fully human.

“To become fully human means learning to turn my gratitude for being alive into some concrete common good. It means growing gentler toward human weakness. It means practicing forgiveness of my and everyone else’s hourly failures to live up to divine standards. It means learning to forget myself on a regular basis in order to attend to the other selves in my vicinity. It means that living so that “I’m only human” does not become an excuse for anything. It means receiving the human condition as blessing and not curse, in all its achingly frail and redemptive reality.”  Barbara Brown Taylor