Twitter Favorites 2009

December 29, 2009

For all that Twitter has done to redefine the phrase “too much information” in 140 characters or less, for me it has been a constant source of encouragement and connection.  Connection not only with family, friends and prayer warriors, but also with leading Christian authors, artists, theologians, missiologists and thinkers who have been a constant encouragement to me (click here to see who I’m following–you’ll need an account with Twitter to do this).

Though the list is a bit lacking–having only begun in mid-October–still, I present to you in 140 characters or less and in no particular order, my favorite tweets from 2009 (view the whole list here–again, Twitter account required):

  • “Puritan Richard Sibbes: ‘We need bruising so that reeds may know themselves to be reeds, and not oaks.'” (via @laurenchandler)
  • “The ultimate apologetic for the Trinity is not a well crafted argument…it is the common life of the Christian community.” -Tim Chester (via @Jonathan_Dodson)
  • “There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven…more often I wonder whether…we have ever desired anything else” CS Lewis (via @STimmis)
  • “Abe: If reconciliation is just about us with God, we should just thankfully sit around–its about all things being reconciled–there’s work to do!” (via @JeffVanderstelt)
  • Out of the quarrel w/others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel w/ourselves we make art. W.B. Yeats (via @lensweet)
  • “It may not be necessity that makes all daises alike; it may be God makes every daisy separately, & has never grown tired of making them…It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we are…The repetition of nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore!” -GK Chesterton (via @STimmis) [Alright, this one is actually a three tweet series…]
  • “In times of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.  The learned find themselves well equipped to live in a world that no longer exists -Eric Hoffer (via @alanhirsch)
  • ‘Death isn’t extinguishing the light from the Christian; it’s putting out the lamp because the dawn has come (via @andyupton)
  • Tim Orton quotes Eugene Peterson: the pastorate has devolved into a ‘nation of shopkeepers, keeping the customers satisfied’ Hurts to hear (via @lensweet)
  • God’s presence is not accidental to his teaching, but is essential to it.  God’s presence in human form…is itself the teaching ~Kierkegaard ((via @alanhirsch)

Amazing how much can fit in to 140 characters or less, eh?  I’d love it if you’d add your favorite tweets or quotes in the comments!

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Sunday a tweet from Len Sweet called my attention to an Esquire article from Shane Claiborne called “What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff?”.  The thing I find interesting is that Esquire is asking someone like Shane to write an article for them addressing those who don’t believe!  I’m not exactly a regular on their site, but I’m fairly certain most of Esquire’s resources are not dedicated to finding Christian voices to fill their publication…

In general, I think Claiborne has some great things to say; things that people like me need to hear.  In particular I thought his article was well written, poignant and a good representation of Jesus in a world where people like Jesus more than they like his Church.  Here are a couple excerpts:

The more I have read the Bible and studied the life of Jesus, the more I have become convinced that Christianity spreads best not through force but through fascination.

Jesus shows that true faith has to work itself out in the way that is Good News to the most bruised and broken person lying in the ditch.

…the entire story of Jesus is about a God who did not just want to stay “out there” but who moves into the neighborhood, a neighborhood where folds said, “Nothing good could come.”…It is this Jesus who was born in a stank manger in the middle of a genocide.  That is the God that we are just as likely to find in the streets as in the sanctuary, who can redeem revolutionaries and tax collectors, the oppressed and the oppressors…a God who is saving some of us from the ghettos of poverty, and some of us from the ghettos of wealth.

For more from Shane Claiborne check out his books on Amazon here or read the entire article from Esquire here.

Off to Camp!

August 16, 2009

Half social/spiritual experiment, half foray in to our identity in Christ, tomorrow we shove off for five days away with the students (American and Dutch) at camp, and this time what we learn and where we end up matters.  Let me explain…

In our quest to discover a missional approach to missions, we have been trying something new with the team from Crossroads.  Instead of putting together an event for people to come to, or conjuring up some thing we think will attract people to come so we can bring them to Jesus, we’ve taken a somewhat reverse tactic; helping the team discover and then live out their identity in Christ.  My hope is that this week as we continue to explore our identity in Christ we’ll begin to uncover what our life together should look like.

That’s where the social/spiritual experiment comes in.  What does a community that lives their identity in Christ together look like?  And how do we build our church around supporting the ministry of people (Eph. 4:11-13) in our fellowship living out their that life in Christ lived out (which translates easily to “ministry”)?  These are the questions I’m hoping we begin to explore this week.

Please pray for us as we spend these five days away!  I’ll try to keep the twitter prayer requests (go here for updates or to follow our prayer request) coming during the week, but I’m not sure how good our cell phone reception will be there (I’m not sure she’ll be able to update either, but watch Kari Hagelganz’s blog for more perspective on the team’s trip as well).  Here are some of our major needs:

  • For the Spirit to empower us to live out the identity we have in Christ
  • For wisdom as we reshape our expression of church together to support
  • For clear leading from God for how our identity in Christ leads us to live

I know its been a while since my last post (sadly lost one I tried to upload from my new phone.  Thinking maybe my old post would show up, I waited a couple days.  It didn’t pay off).  I’m going to try to get a real update on here soon (tomorrow?), but still wanted to let you in on my latest brainchild for the blog: prayer updates!

Not exactly rocket science right?  What’s new about giving prayer updates?  Though I tried keeping our prayer needs updated via a widget on the left side of this blog, I will now be doing it through the Twitter widget now displayed on the left side of this blog (to learn more about twitter watch this video or go to twitter.com).  If you’d like to have our prayer requests sent directly to your phone via text message (normal rates apply), follow this link and set up your account with Twitter.

Click here to find out how to set up your cell phone to receive prayer updates via text from Twitter (don’t miss the option to not block text updates during the hours of your choosing–in case you want to sleep).

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