Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Quick quotes

No long blog today due to the fact that I'm trying to be sure everything is finished before we leave on vacation this Saturday. I am beyond ready to spend some time at the beach. Nothing recharges my batteries like time spent on the shore and in the ocean. Just to give you something to think about, here a few quotes from a book that I started reading several months ago, then quit for awhile and just last week picked it back up. It's called "Jesus for President" by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw. It is probably the most radical book I've read in years, and as a result it has been one of the most challenging.

"The promise of the church is this: none of us alone are Christ (that's blasphemy), but all of us together are Christ to the world (that's ecclesiology)."

"Some folks may really be bummed to find that 'God Bless America' does not appear in the Bible. So often we do things that make sense to us and ask God to bless our actions and come alongside our plans, rather than looking at the things God promises to bless and acting alongside of them."

"The danger is that we can begin to read the Bible through the eyes of America rather than read America through the eyes of the Bible. We just want Jesus to be a good American."


Amber said...

This sounds like a great book! I'm wondering have you checked out "The Shack" by Wm. Paul Young? I haven't read it all through yet, but it's definitively one of those thought provoking books! I'd love to get your take on it. Well, I hope you and the family have a great vacation.
Be Blessed,
Amber Ploof

Reveal Worship said...

Read JfP last fall. I can't say that I agree with everything Claiborne says but it is certainly challenging and makes one ponder the implications of imperialism and Christianity, capitalism and Christianity.

Christianity Today has a good review that starts here -

Peace. Jamie

Reveal Worship said...

PS - Enjoy your vacation. What's on your reading list while you dig your feet in the sand?