Dill fridge pickles.
Dill fridge pickles.
Anonymous said: i don't actually see anything wrong with that explanation of the lord's prayer? i definitely expected more to object to in something from amos 'n' andy
My main objection to it is that it is a profoundly sentimental approach to something with real, material ramifications. I don’t think that the Gospel is about filling our hearts with good things so that earth resembles heaven — that’s not really “good news.” The Gospel is the kingdom of heaven is at hand. It is coming, and we can have a role in its coming but we do not create it. And the coming of the kingdom is not really about our innermost feelings or our development of kindness. Nor is the kingdom of heaven about just having the right feelings or thinking the right thoughts — Paul’s Epistles, to say nothing of the Revelation to John, clearly envision the eschatological as a radical upending of structures and material circumstances.
On a less apocalyptic note, “give us today our daily bread” says to me that literally everything that sustains me comes from God, that I am asking God to keep me fed. When I have seen people who are not fed, when I have myself experienced food insecurity (although for a limited amount of time, which I am grateful for and which speaks to various privileges I have had in life), “give us today our daily bread” is a powerful statement that addresses material insecurity and the profoundly embodied act of eating — much more powerful than “feed[ing] our hearts with kindness.”
I actually think the plain, obvious meaning of the language of the prayer is much more powerful and radical than the Amos-‘n’-Andy interpretation. That interpretation removes the dual concern of the Gospel with the shaping of our character and with the material conditions of our lives.
(It also elides the pretty major distinction between asking God for forgiveness and forgiving other people because we want those other people to forgive us.)
whats the yellow thinggolden plums! We got 12 of them. They’re pretty small but I’m really excited for them to be ripe…
I had to stand on a chair to take this photo. The farm share this week is huge!
There’s been a fair bit of writing done about millennials gravitating toward “high church” and liturgy, and occasionally some note of how TEC is gaining/stands to gain/mayan on-gaining from this.
What I haven’t seen (and maybe this is me being self-important and Tumblr being a self-reinforcing echo chamber) is any serious exploration of what makes Millennial theology and spirituality tick, and that lack of exploration probably contributes to fail like today’s.
I have a colleague who’s Really In To generational theory. I find much of it highly suspect and prone to confirmation bias/the Forer effect, but she says that millennials are interested in the transcendent aspects of religion and worship — in connecting to something much greater than themselves or even the people right next to them. “Community” is important but on a more cosmic scale — she says millennials are less interested in a social gathering than they are in belonging to a community that stretches across time and space.
(I find a lot of UUs who explore this, interestingly. I’m not convinced that differences between generations are more important than differences within them).
I’m frustrated by TEC’s marketing fail, but to be honest neither surprised nor disappointed because both would involve expecting better.
remember their ads last summer? “summer sermons will be shorter. Priests play golf too.” - yeah, way to further reinforce the WASP stereotype AND suggest that your sermons are irrelevant.
I’m doing Research and reading episcopal church history. When Trinity was founded, the governor, as part of the enduring American tradition of the separation of church and state, gave it legal rights to all “weifts, wrecks, Drift whales and whatsoever else Drives from the high sea and is then lost below high water mark” because he wanted to support it financially and property is funny like that.
Philippians 1:15-18. Huh.