March 1, 2015
By John Swinton
God chooses disabled bodies to carry out the key tasks of the Kingdom.
At key points in God’s plan of salvation he uses disabled people as key players. Moses with his stutter asks God to send someone else to do his work (Exod 4:10-17). God responds by sending him and more mysteriously indicating that it was God who brought his stutter upon him (Exod 4:11).
In 2 Cor 12:7-10 the apostle Paul prays three times for the thorn in his flesh to be removed and God does not heal his affliction. (Presumably the problem for Paul was not a lack of faith.) Instead, God says to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul responds by indicating that God’s grace is revealed in his weakness; in his weakness he finds strength.
And of course, our redemption is wrought through the broken body of Jesus. The surprise of the resurrection (apart from the obvious) is that Jesus’s wounds remain a part of his resurrected body. Such an image offers a deep challenge to our culturally contrived dreams about the nature of perfection. If the risen body of Jesus has scars on it, maybe our current ideas about perfection and beauty need to be rethought. Perhaps it is possible to be whole and beautiful and to live with a profound disability?
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" I often wonder if the role of the clergy in this age is not to dispense information or guard the prestige of their authority, but rather to go first, to volunteer the truth about their sins, their dreams, their failures, and their fears in order to free others to do the same. "Rachel Held Evans
This Sunday (3.8.15) all the kids will celebrate with us in the great room on Sunday.
In our gathering we will sing songs they have sung at Ping, and emphasize activities they will enjoy. Half way through the service we will invite kids 3-and-under across the street, but they are welcome to stay.
After our morning gathering (10:50a to 11:30a), we will open up the floor to discuss whatever is on your mind regarding Atlas: questions, the future, how fantastic our hosts are, why the roof deck is the best idea ever (Reason 438: “Espresso inside, not as tasty”) — wherever you want to go.
We will give a quick update on elders, Ping, money, and murals.
Atlas at Night folk are welcome, but we will recap at night.
The grand ambition of the devils in CS Lewis’s Screwtape Letters is to ingest both the souls of the human beings they tempt and to devour one another. The satanic aim is the consumption of other personalities.
The Accuser (and those who reflect him) ingest through accusations.
We know the feeling. When I judge others I am actually feeding. No matter what rank or demographic of person I critique, I cannot help but feel a gain in my self-worth by taking others and putting them below me. When judging others, I feed off the contrast – by proclaiming in my heart another person’s value and setting myself ever so slightly above them.
Some of these are very powerful.
To help move us into Lent, we found the following post helpful:
By Rachel Held Evans
5 Questions to Ask Yourself:
1. When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different? What am I preparing for?
2. Is there something in my life—a habit, a grudge, a fear, a prejudice, an addiction, an emotional barrier, a form of excess—that keeps me from loving God with my heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving my neighbor as myself? How might I address that over the next 40 days?
3. Lent is a time to listen to God, but sometimes God speaks through others, particularly the poor, oppressed, marginalized, and suffering. To whom should I be listening this season? How can I cultivate a listening posture toward others whose perspective and experiences might differ from my own?
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We’re starting our Lent Series this week.
Come join us as we move through these 40 days toward a resurrection.