According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for
this world to recreate, reclaim, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of
explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. - anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. - anon
... Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument.
There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is
irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a
power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table
to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace,
reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants
us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. - anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Learning to Swim with the Sharks

Like Mark Healey, we as Jesus followers seem to face a lot of "sharks" in our Christian walk in life as we learn to face our fears and allow God to use us where He would have us go into "waters teeming with ferocities." But when we learn to walk by faith and not by sight we find very quickly that these waters are "home" to our earth-bound travels. And that growing in faith must begin first as a "daily, new, untried" experience that can quickly envelop us beyond all those barriers in life that once seemed to overwhelm us and made us quit from fear and uncertainty. Soon, though, we will find ourselves very comfortable in living the Christian faith as Jesus showed us how to live it. For it requires an open heart. It requires courage. It requires wisdom. Prayer, resources, study, and knowledge. And most of all it requires belief that God can use us when we make ourselves available, prepared, and open to his leading. May the Spirit of God grant to you all His divine resources and more this very day of your faith walk with our eternal, almighty God.

R.E. Slater
March 10, 2012


"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Cor 12.10, ESV)



"Sharky" with Monster Energy's Mark Healey