Mark Driscoll: A Warrior Kickin’ Ass for Jesus

This video clip was posted on Mark Driscoll’s blog and it’s actually pretty funny…for all the wrong reasons. This may be a nitpick on my part (and I am a musician so cut me some slack) you gotta give it up to whoever came up with the music. It’s such a beautifully bad version of a drunk Metallica cover band…awesome. And it just gets worse…..or….i mean if you are a bad-ass warrior for Jesus….it gets totally more kick ass! In addition to the music, it’s interesting that, as Bill Hybells pointed out, judging by this video clip, women are strangely not welcome in the effort to plant churches (especially if you are a tambourine player). Judging by Driscoll’s attitude towards women in this video, they seem to only be side notes in the “war” of church planting. And can someone please clue me in on how having sex with your wife “at least once a day” is in any way relevant to being a church planter? Bizarre. I thought only Wednesday night was the night to make love? (Conditions are perfect…..) And is it me or is repeatedly referencing a “body count” while walking amongst the graves of fallen soldiers a little thoughtless?

I guess if they can get past the machismo, bad music, and the non-stop war metaphors (soldier, body count, war, boot camp, battle, hold your ground, fight, etc…), then this video will work wonders for all the wimpy chair-folding, church planting chumps out there. 😉

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Lean Into the Light

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“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.”

–Barry Lopez, Artic Dreams

Students Challenge Bush on Torture

….and the students elaborate:

Wow. How awesome is that? After reading this recent story from Newsweek that showed that…..

….Even today, more than four years into the war in Iraq, as many as four in 10 Americans (41 percent) still believe Saddam Hussein’s regime was directly involved in financing, planning or carrying out the terrorist attacks on 9/11, even though no evidence has surfaced to support a connection. A majority of Americans were similarly unable to pick Saudi Arabia in a multiple-choice question about the country where most of the 9/11 hijackers were born. Just 43 percent got it right—and a full 20 percent thought most came from Iraq.

(Unreal!)……i needed a pick me up. It’s great to see glimmers of hope, like this one from these thoughtful high schoolers, in the midst of such incredible disappointment, not only with the leadership of our current President and his administration, but with many fellow citizens who don’t seem to mind being led astray by false rationales for waging pre-emptive war.

Shane Claiborne: “Love Wins – Always”

I stumbled across an entry by Shane Claiborne on the God’s Politics blog. He shares about the recent loss he and his community are facing. It’s a very powerful entry. Money quote:

So the simple way is still simple (and it just got a little simpler, ha ha ha). And may we never forget that we are people of resurrection—we resurrected this same old building from absolute ruins 6 years ago … We can do it again. That is what we mean when we talk about “practicing resurrection.” We will keep practicing.

Love wins. Always.

Amen…..please consider supporting the Simple Way in this time of need.

A Tragic Legacy

“The president who vowed to lead America in a moral crusade to win hearts and minds around the world has so inflamed anti-American sentiment that America’s moral standing in the world is at an all-time low. The president who vowed to defend the Good in the world from the forces of Evil has caused the United States to be held in deep contempt by large segments of virtually every country on every continent of the world, including large portions of nations with which the U.S. has historically been allied. The president who vowed to undertake a war in defense of American values and freedoms has presided over such radical departures from the defining values and liberties of this country that many Americans find their country and its government unrecognizable. And the president who vowed to lead the war for freedom and democracy has made torture, rendition, abductions, lawless detentions of even our own citizens, secret “black site” prisons, Abu Ghraib dog leashes, and orange Guantánamo jumpsuits the strange, new symbols of America around the world.

–an excerpt from Glenn Greenwald’s new book, “A Tragic Legacy”.

Here’s more from Salon.com.

(HT: Andrew Sullivan)

Third Way Faith Podcast

I am very happy to announce that I am now the official host of Shane Hipps’ podcast “Third Way Faith” that is broadcast through the Wired Parish Network. This has far and away been the podcast that I’ve looked forward too the most every week since it started about a year ago so it’s very cool for me to be able to host it. Shane is not only the pastor of our church, but he’s a great friend who’s insight never ceases to challenge me and my family in life giving ways.

Unfortunately this podcast, unlike most, is not free but I must say it is very much worth it (and I don’t make a dime on this so I’m not just saying that to line my pockets.) If you subscribe to Wired Parish you also gain access to all of their other podcasts featuring great thinkers such as Brian McLaren, Reggie McNeal and Leonard Sweet….just to name a few. If you’ve heard Shane speak or have read his book, I don’t have to convince you that he has an incredible amount of insight and wisdom to share.

By the way, this doesn’t mean the death of Theohacks. I’m just waiting for John Chandler to return all my emails, letters, phone calls, and smoke signals…….

Grounded, connected, and whole.

“All of us arrive on earth with souls in perfect form. But from the moment of birth onward, the soul or true self is assailed by deforming forces from without and within: by racism, sexism, economic injustice, and other social cancers; by jealousy, resentment, self-doubt, fear, and other demons of the inner life.

Most of us can make a long list of the external enemies of the soul, in the absence of which we are sure we would be better people! Because we so quickly blame our problems on forces “out there,” we need to see how often we conspire in our own deformation: for every external power bent on twisting us out of shape, there is a potential collaborator within us. When our impulse to tell the truth is thwarted by threats of punishment, it is because we value security over being truthful. When our impulse to side with the weak is thwarted by threats of lost social standing, it is because we value popularity over being a pariah.

The powers and principalities would hold less sway over our lives if we refused to collaborate with them. But refusal is risky, so we deny our own truth, take up lives of “self-impersonation,” and betray our identities. And yet the soul persistently calls us back to our birthright form, back to lives that are grounded, connected, and whole.”

–Parker Palmer from his book, “A Hidden Wholeness” (it’s good.)