Sunday, March 9, 2014

Poorly Forged Signatures and the Best Things You'll Read All Week

by Ben Howard and Sebastian Faust

Reads of the Week

1) Ash Wednesday Sermon on Truth, Dust, Babies, and Funerals by Nadia Bolz-Weber

"And this God of which I speak is nothing if not a God of hope and promise.  Here’s the image I have of Ash Wednesday: If our lives were a long piece of fabric with our baptism on one end and our funeral on another, and us not knowing what the distance is between the two, well then Ash Wednesday is a time when that fabric is pinched in the middle and then held up so that our baptism in the past and our funeral in the future meet."

2) Remember You Are Dust by Richard Beck

"We just finished the Ash Wednesday service for our majors here at ACU. And I tell you what, it's a profound and moving experience to have your students--all these bright, talented young people--come up to you, one by one, so that you can impose the ashes."

3) Wrong Side of the Story: How "Captain Phillips" Affected a Somali Community by D.L. Mayfield

"The closer we get to stories like these–not just the Captain, but of the young men forced into lives of hopelessness and violence–the more shock we will experience ourselves. We will start to see students, instead of headcoverings. We will start to see people made in the image of God, instead of simple stereotypes. We will see talented actors like Barkhad using his language and his culture to tell beautiful, redemptive tales many times over. And the closer we get to these other worlds, the more we will long for the day when the appetites for singular stories change."

4) She Is Not Her Circumstances by Erika Morrison

"This is not a mystery to me anymore, nobody is the sum of their circumstances and on the other side of Jesus, everybody is my family – it’s just going to take an eternity to get to know all the people I’m related to."

5) What Really Changed After The Resurrection? (A Challenge for Lent) by Zack Hunt

"In other words, if the kingdom of God is really at hand, the only way people are going to notice is if we become the physical embodiment of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. Only if we take seriously our call to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world, doing justly and loving mercy, will anyone ever be convinced that the resurrection really did happen and something really did change and really is changing as the result."

Honorable Mention

Ageism in an Age of Hipster Christianity by Mary DeMuth

To Be Seen by Fiona Koefoed-Jespersen

My Cause For Hope (The Next Generation) by Benjamin Moberg

Tweets of the Week

"One of my favorite things about Lent is that I get to give up all the people who fast from social media..." - @JesusNeedsNewPR

"Happy Fat Tuesday! Remember to sin continuously from sunup to sundown or it doesn't count." - @LissGrunert

"Things one can deduce from '80s music: cocaine makes saxophones sound AMAZING" - @pauljaycomic

Song of the Week

"Corallina" by Lulu Mae

Ben and Sebastian

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