Since I posted a video of setting up for the typical Sunday night Tapestry worship gathering two weeks ago tonight I thought I would make a video of the tear down. This is 40 minutes shrunk down into 1.
Saw this tweet from Oprah because of Pam.
I should probably explain the Pam/Oprah relationship before I do anything else. Basically, Pam is driven crazy by Oprah. She really can’t stand most of what she experiences from the Oprahverse. This tweet that Pam just sent out kind of sums up Pam’s feelings concerning the world of Oprah.
So someone that Pam follows on twitter retweeted an Oprah post. I could tell something was up because Pam screamed “ARGH!” I’m pretty sure Pam just unfollowed the person who retweeted this just because the person retweeted an Oprah post. Like I said Pam is driven crazy by the Oprahverse.
So here’s the tweet.
I guess Jesus would fail this Oprah test because He pretty much did exactly what she just condemned. Jesus could have protected Himself from those who wished to hurt Him but instead He went like a lamb to slaughter to sacrifice Himself for the world. I like His plan better than Oprah’s.
I don’t usually write blog posts just to threads but this post is just for those of you who are a regular part of Tapestry. My proposal has been approved and therefore the research begins. I am doing a project to judge the effectiveness of collaborative sermon preparation. This means I need some subjects for the project. I am looking for 6 to 12 people to form two groups that will be a part of the project for 6 weeks.
Here is what I need from the people who volunteer.
Interested? You will be helping me out and, I believe, shaping the future of the message at Tapestry. You will also earn my undying gratitude and possibly some jambalaya, salsa, or a beanie baby.
The above image is a screen shot from the final proposal for my D.min project / dissertation. I am going through the corrections that the style reader (the person I pay as a part of my tuition to suggest corrections for my proposal so that meets the Turabian style requirements) placed in my proposal. I just found the above correction where I am apparently described “religious affiliation” as “religious affliction.”
Whoops. I’m not sure if that is a Freudian slip or not.
According to Eric G. this makes me a bad pastor. He is probably right.
Right now the small group that Pam and I are a part of (which I love) is reading through Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic book “The Cost of Discipleship” (which I also love). In his chapter on “Single-Minded Obedience” Bonhoeffer discusses our tendency to over-spiritualize Jesus’s statements and commands in such a way that we actually disobey the commands while thinking that we are obeying them. We take the command of Christ and think to ourselves
He obviously didn’t mean that literally. No He meant that I should live out the spirit of the statement. He just used the literal/physical example as a way for me to understand His actual meaning.
Then we disobey the command of God and actually think we are obeying Jesus. I love the example Bonhoeffer gives.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer states:
How is such absurdity possible? What has happened that the word of Jesus can be thus degraded by this trifling, and thus left open to the mockery of the world? When orders are issued in other spheres of life there is no doubt whatever of their meaning. If a father sends his child to bed, the boy knows at once what he has to do. But suppose he has picked up a smattering of pseudo-theology. In that case he would argue more or less like this: “Father tells me to go to bed, but he rally means that I am tired, and he does not want me to be tired. I can overcome tiredness just as well if I go out and play. Therefore though father tells me to go to bed, he really means: ‘Go out and play.’” If a child tried such arguments on his father or a citizen on his government, they would both meet with a kind of language they could not fail to understand — in short they would be punished. Are we to treat the commandment of Jesus differently from other orders and exchange single-minded obedience for downright disobedience? How could that be possible! (p. 81)
It seems odd to say that sometimes we over-spiritualize Jesus. After all, I believe that Jesus is 100% God & 100% human. I think you could argue that such over-spiritualization isn’t spiritual at all. It is just another face that we use for disobedience. Still I think Bonhoeffer nails it because sometimes we (read this as “I”) use the “spiritual” to avoid the literal words/meaning of Christ.
I love and I am honored by what I get to do. I am reminded very often what a wonderous thing it is to be trusted enough to be some one’s minister. It is a gift that I hope I live up to. I hope that I function in such a manner as to be as close to worthy of God’s calling as I can be and that I live in such a way that I show respect for my friends for the trust they put in me. Like I said, I love what I do.
If I were to do something else I would seriously consider following Pam’s career path as a speach language pathologist. I feel like I am amazed by something she has done at least once a week. I know part of it is the fact that my wife is incredible but the other part is that she works in a fascinating field. What she does makes a real difference in people’s lives and it is very challenging. I’m not looking to change careers but I do think that what she does is real cool.
Adam showed this to Pam and me last night. Quite funny.
To my knowledge the Thread weddings for 2012 are over. It made for a fun and busy Summer. I officiated 4 of the 5 weddings and I had the privilege of doing the pre-marital counseling for all 5 of them.
I can’t wait to see what happens in 2013. :)
Clint Barron sent me a parody twitter feed that I think is hilarious. It is the feed of @KimKierkegaard which combines the profound thoughts of Søren Kierkegaard with the “profound” thoughts of Kim Kardashian. He is a sample of this awesomeness.
Eternally speaking, there is only one means and there is only one end: Private plane & Wendy’s. This is how we do.
— KimKierkegaardashian (@KimKierkegaard) September 7, 2012
Real faith means holding ourselves open to the mystery in every sphere of our life. Ooh pretty lady, don’t you think it’s crazy?
— Justin Buber (@Justin_Buber) August 17, 2012
So now I am considering doing my own parody twitter account. I’ll not go down the existential route but I am instead thinking two German loves. I am considering combining Dietrich Bonhoeffer and David Hasselhoff. He would be Dietrich Hasselhoeffer.
Tapestry has participated in Advent Conspiracy since our beginning. I just found this “teaser” video for this years AC and thought I would use it as a reminder to start planning now for how you can “turn your Christmas upside down.”
During Advent we will try to…
It is always an excellent plan.