...BUT...in my own opinion, it will add to the debate in a fairly healthy way
...fascinating...informative...provocative...welcome (again, my opinion...which does not need to be your opinion...and I'm hoping even varying opinions will not alter the truth between us as we journey forward...click on read all about it)
...cruise all around this website to catch the flavor of what is shared
...am looking forward to this film showing up here in the Denver area
Jesus said, "I expect from my followers a kind of life that identifies them. I was thirsty and you knew how to respond." Now this is the kind of thing the Christians, many times, seem to be so dumb about. When they see a man who's thirsty, they haven't got sense enough to give him water. They bring him a hymnal.
Or, to take an even more ridiculous example, a Baptist church I know installed a $25,000 fountain on its front lawn. That thing has the capactiy of a thousand gallons a minute. That's enough water for any Baptist. A thousand gallons a minute! We Baptists don't do things half way. And the people come and Jesus says, "I was thirsty." "Yeah, Lord, and we built you a circulatin' fountain." When some people don't even have runnin' water in their kitchens! Can you imagine people being that idiotic?
...from Cotton Patch Parables of Liberation ...by Clarence Jordan
...so tired of the disrespect that is being shared, whispered, suggested, untruth-told-as-truth, shouted, whatever in all kinds of places...amazing...and it's not grace-filled in any manner
"It may also be harder for some older voters to adjust to the novelty of the first African-American president."
...this from a blog report on the New York Times blog concerning generational fracturing over the messy, yet necessary, dialogue concerning health care issues here in the US of A
...so will the same thing be said when a woman achieves the position...which will be another welcome moment in our country history...but then what will the "older voters" need to adjust to?
...as elders, we need to be leading the way to listening more and preaching much less, extending hope, nurturing freedom, modeling dialogue, demonstrating life-giving vision and purpose, including--not excluding--taking from the past (the hard, some times even the tragic, and the joy which ultimately forms our faith), guiding/peering into the future (the only direction we can have hope, no matter what, and thus exercise our faith), living as whole people (those who are experiencing deep-change and transformation, as our souls were meant to live) in the present moments
...fear is too much fuel for all ages these days
...are we asking for it enough?, focusing on what is needful in our world, not just our own self interests
...we need to stop the "War Between the Thirds"...but then that's a whole other conversation for another blog post or a good cup of Saints Coffee as these days give way to some increasing cooler temps
...elders, let's begin to truly elder and not discourage or insist on just our own ways...........!
...there is a better way.....................................