On Saturdays around here, I share my favorite finds from the internet. This week is a bit of a free-for-all, but next week I will start using my regular categories. If I were to tell you the categories now, it wouldn’t make any sense. We have to explore makarios together a bit more first.
Keep the community of Roseburg, Oregon in your prayers as they grieve the lives lost in a horrific shooting Thursday. Here’s a look at how the faith community is responding (via Christianity Today).
Social media can feed the person walking this path alone: There are apps for Bible reading plans, for the Examen and for praying the Hours. There are Instagram accounts that share beautiful photos that can turn our hearts toward the Creator of that beauty. There are Twitter accounts that post daily Bible verses and words of encouragement that point us back to God again and again throughout our day. Social media also, if we take the posture of listening, can keep us from turning in on ourselves and forgetting about what Chittister calls our obligation to care for others.
Julie Holly at Peacequility is doing a terrific series for Write 31 Days, too. It’s all about Revelation.
Revelation is a loaded book. It’s been talked about and presented to many of us as “the end of the world” book, but I’m beginning to learn how off base that is. If this fear has you in a headlock and you want to be free will you join me? God has so much GOOD planned for us (not necessarily first world make a million dollars type plans while living like a twenty-something until we’re one hundred) and regardless of the timing of Christ’s return, you and I have an expiration date … I don’t want to waste the days I have left racked in fear, how about you?
On a lighter note, from Sarah Bessey, writing at Her.meneutics:
Personally, I’ve never found a better phrase to describe time from God’s perspective than the Doctor Who quote: “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff.”
And, for a little off-beat … well, no, decidedly precisely on the beat … worship check this out!