According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, 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
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Monday, August 5, 2013

"Same Love feat:" Being Love to Those Who Are Unloved. Being a Refuge to Those Knowing None.


If today's church wishes to stay current with the issues of the day than the video below will challenge you in appreciating, supporting, and accepting those who have been subjected to society's worst vulgarities and discriminations. Jesus died for us all. Not just for some. And if you believe that than you must be willing to admit that and make room in your heart for those unlike yourself who bear special temperaments. Who bear the harsh burdens brought on by their unique physiologies. That they not be treated in any other way than the way you would treat your own child whom you love. Whom you ache for when bullied about or ostracized in school, by friends or family, church or society, because they are different and misunderstood. We do the love of God wrong when we refuse to not love all. And especially those men and women who wish to obey God and be obedient to His Word. This is not an issue of sin in others but an issue of the sin in us which wishes to discriminate, hate, and oppress those unlike ourselves. Let us not be guilty of these charges but be willing in our hearts to embrace, love and support all that we can. To be havens of safety, and shelters of refuge, to the oppressed of society uniquely bearing burdens we can never appreciate unless we try. To defend their rights and to protect their uniqueness from a harsh, judgmental world. Appreciation. Support. Acceptance. These are the truer words of love. Be it. Do it.
 
R.E. Slater
August 5, 2013

 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Same Love feat. Mary Lambert
 
 
 
 
Published on Oct 2, 2012
Same Love feat. Mary Lambert on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/same...

We support civil rights, and hope WA State voters will APPROVE REF 74 and legalize marriage equality. Visit http://www.music4marriage.org for more info. Support Marriage Equality by ordering the limited edition Same Love vinyl here: http://www.subpop.com/catalog/artists...

Same Love, as featured on the debut album from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist, will be available 10/09/2012

The Heist
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZ...
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00908DDZM
Deluxe CD: http://www.macklemoremerch.com
In-Stores NOW!!

Same Love, A Film By:
Ryan Lewis
Jon Jon Augustavo
Tricia Davis

Directed by:
Ryan Lewis
Jon Jon Augustavo

Produced by:
Tricia Davis

Director of Photography:
Mego Lin

Associate Producer:
Honna Kimmerer

Starring:
Jairemie Alexander
William Pontius
Shelton Harris
Sarita Valdez
Jay Sommerville

Cast:
Jairemie Alexander
William Pontius
Shelton Harris
Sarita Valdez
Jay Sommerville
Thomas Collins
Tina Tsiakalis
Kendall Kapsner
Rosie Cole
Rory King
Josue Gonzalez
Mia Clapp Perfetti
Mary Lambert
Robert Braxton
Jaida Kimmerer
Brooklyn Thornton

Crew:
Tricia Davis - Producer
Mego Lin - Director of Photography
Honna Kimmerer - Production Design
Miles Johnson - Lead Green
Evelyn Brodersen - Lead Green
Jennifer Terrana - Lead Green
Jennifer Popochock - Makeup Artist
David Herberg - Key Grip
Wil Drake - Best Boy Grip
Mike Dyrland - Best Boy Grip
Yu Chen Lin - Gaffer
Blueboy Sguiggley - Production Assistant
Seth McDonald - Production Assistant
Chris Duerkopp - Steadicam Operator
Craig Nisperos - Still Photographer
Austin Santiago - Location Services
Ben Haggerty - Story Supervisor
Sahwn Anderson - Transportation Coordinator
Nic Adenau - Additional Footage

Special Thanks To:
Tina Tsiakalis @ Eastlake Center For Birth - http://centerforbirth.com/
Greg Turk & Ray Nutter @ All Pilgrims Church - http://www.allpilgrims.org/
The Parry Family & The Kimmerer Family
Miles Johnson @ Fiori Floral Design - http://www.fiorifloraldesign.com/
Meadowbrook Community Center - http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/...
Kelly Warner-King
Kristie Gamer and Alvin Stillwell

And a VERY special thank you to Kerri Harrop (Music for Marriage) for her hard work and dedication in the fight for marriage equality and her devoted support to Same Love as an idea, song, and finally now as a music video. "Same Love" and the campaign to approve Ref 74 wouldn't be the same without you, Kerri.

SONG:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Same Love feat. Mary Lambert
(B. Haggerty, R. Lewis, M. Lambert)
Macklemore Publishing BMI, Ryan Lewis Publishing BMI
Produced by Ryan Lewis for Macklemore DBA Ryan Lewis LLC
Written by Macklemore, Mary Lambert
Piano performed by Josh Rawlings
Violin by Andrew Joslyn
Cello by Natalie Hall
Trombone by Greg Kramer
Recorded and Mixed by Ryan Lewis, Ben Haggerty
Macklemore/RyanLewis Studios, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Sterling Sound, New York City, NY

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis managed by Zach Quillen