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
Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - 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
We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord
Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

Saturday, May 30, 2020

R.E. Slater - The Eighth Day of Creation



May 13, 2020 – The Park Forum


The Eighth Day of Creation
by R.E. Slater


O' Father God,
    who spake bright worlds
into being and becoming,
    who guides forces of
renewing goodness
    and bounteous energy;
be our hope and stay
    during days of evil. 

Deliver Thy people
    who walk your love,
from crimes of
    injustice and hate;
guide thy creation
    its bounteous courses,
from barrenness
    and childless joy.

Do not abandon us
    nor this frail earth,
to wickedness
    and ruinous sin;
but come bringing
    peace and goodwill,
during dark days
    and evil dreads.

Thy worlds were
    made in Thy image;
self-creating worlds
    of atoning goodness,
of soul redeeming love,
    of resurrecting grace;
all now sadly within webs
    of sorrowful agency.

Be the All-Seeing Poet
    over our affairs; direct
Thy loving conviction
    with holy compassion
upon those spewing hate;
    whose lips speak daily lies
and restless slander; false
    shepherds of undead souls.

To those who seek
    Thee not, who rage
within, who harm;
    be not still Thy Spirit
which stills broken hearts,
    which opens blinded eyes,
which unstops deaf ears,
    raising lepers to walk again.

Such harlots of humanity
    look not within but hate,
spinning lies and deceits
    of every kind; such whores
of creation breed every kind
    of evil unrelenting their sin;
to these close their mouths,
    lay bare their nakedness.

You have birthed worlds
    promising Eden, yet we
destroy Thy holy earth,
    denying its promise, by
unlove and fell deeds;
    may Eden renew again
our hearts of hard clays,
    to be yielded soils remade.


R.E. Slater
April 21, 2020

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