(via seekingspirits)Source: jesushoppedtheatrain
I love this. ”Not through force, but through fascination” sums up every single one of my positive experiences with and productive conversations about Christianity.
This is about the time I feel Rich Mullins is appropriate:
God spoke to Balaam through his ass, and He has been speaking through asses ever since.
Went and heard Shane Claiborne speak tonight. His laugh is contagious, and, perhaps because I’m guilty of doing it, I love when people laugh at their own jokes (and they’re actually funny). I ran into another teacher from my school, which was an unexpected surprise, as well as a friend from my freshman year of college who is always a delight to encounter.
I’m a note-taker by nature, though a nonlinear one, which makes it difficult for others to understand since they have to maneuver through the pictures and doodles, but I managed to get some of my favorite ideas from the night. One that I really adored came during the Q&A time when a women stood and asked for Shane to talk further on healing the pain and bridging the gap between the lgbt community and the church, particularly for people like herself who, as a lesbian, was often rejected by any church she came out to. He said, “If you can’t find a home in the church, what has the church become? If you can’t find a friend in me, who am I?”
“& I think that’s what our world is desperately in need of - lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about.”—Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution Source: Flickr / jamiemoffett