Blogging Towards Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Bumper Sticker of the Week
OK. This isn't a sticker (I've run out of e-files of them) yet it's a hilarious image from a friend's facebook page. It recalls a very funny moment on the Ellen show last year. One that still makes me chuckle when I think of it. I actually had a handful of thoughtful conversations about faith and life because of the show . I think we tend to overlook the ways in which pop culture - even bumperstickers - can invite to discussion not simply proclaim one's values or moral sense.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Love: Cupid or Stupid?
Martyr Valentine isn't just about lovers, over-priced roses or reserving a table months in advance. It's about love, saying it, expressing it, celebrating it. This year our children have been decorating for weeks, making cards, boxes to receive Valentine's all the familiar kid things that happen in America and yet are so foreign here in France. So we had a giant celebration with yesterday at home with about 8 cupcakes for each person. Here in France, it's purely commercial, for lovers, seen as something that cheapen,s, consumerises and cheapifys love. Yet maybe the international, and multi-cultural visions of Valentine's Day are actually revelatory of the ways in which love has been commodified, capitalized and codified in our cultures.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Advertising & Faith
I read an interesting article in SF Gate this morning detailing a current ad campaign "good without God?" (now playing in and around Sacramento after previous stops elsewhere) that is "plugging" atheism. The article is interesting. The best part for me was to read the comments and see the inter-faith bickering, name-calling and fighting. It made me wonder: can you actually advertise faith, or non-faith? Does it even matter, or reach anyone? Or is it merely preaching to the choir and rallying the troops around the flag-pole?
Here's some of the billboards in and around Sactown.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Blogging Towards Sunday February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Blogging Towards Sunday February 7th
Stories about our vocation to the mission we have as the people of God is what dominates the texts for Sunday. Isaiah is called to serve as prophet, not to tell the future, but to speak God's word for the present, to give a different perspective to those around him. His response is one of availability "here I am" to be used for God and to part from his past into and towards a new or emerging future "send me."
Luke tells his version of the miraculous fish-catch encounter as one of vocation of the first disciples. Jesus comes to them, in their terms and on their turf to invite them to step out, to set their boats towards deeper waters, beyond the safety of the shoreline, to cast their nets in unfamiliar ways. They're called to reprioritize their life, leaving behind the abundant catch of fish for the risk and potential of the unknown future of following after Jesus. They're encouraged to try again, to despite their potential disgust, despair or disappointment with their lack of catching anything until then, to try again.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Blogging Backwards towards January 31
The passages proposed for Sunday play with the themes of hearing, seeing and recognizing the presence of God and the living Word of God in our lives both individual and together as the community of faith.
I found this funny image while surfing the internet that illustrates the paradox of the texts: