Say NO to the Secrecy Bill

June 25, 2011  |  Videos  |  Comments Off on Say NO to the Secrecy Bill

South Africa’s amazing constitution was written from the perspective of protecting the vulnerable but sadly the proposed Protection of Information Bill betrays our constitution in that it is written from the perspective of protecting the privileged. Lean more about it from at the Rights To Know website.

CMM Restoration (Progress)

CMM Restoration (Progress)

June 23, 2011  |  Videos  |  Comments Off on CMM Restoration (Progress)

We’ve made significant progress since we began restoring CMM. This vid looks at the progress we have made so far.

 

Embedded in this post is our before video, too, so you can see, side-by-side, just how much we’ve managed to achieve.
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The Most Intimate Have the Most Questions About Jesus

June 18, 2011  |  Videos  |  Comments Off on The Most Intimate Have the Most Questions About Jesus

Why asking many questions of Jesus is a greater sign of knowing Jesus intimately, then merely ‘believing’ you’ve figured him out.

St. Paul’s Engagement With People of Another Faith

June 16, 2011  |  Videos  |  Comments Off on St. Paul’s Engagement With People of Another Faith

What St. Paul can teach us of engaging with people with faiths different from our own

When a Chapter Breaks in Scripture, Break the Storyline (Part 2)

June 13, 2011  |  Videos  |  Comments Off on When a Chapter Breaks in Scripture, Break the Storyline (Part 2)

On reading scripture with your feet wet, and a second example of how reading a chapter in isolation from those that precede it can be dangerous.

Be sure to catch part 1 over here if you missed it previously

When the Chapter Breaks in Scripture, Break the Storyline (Part 1)

June 10, 2011  |  Videos  |  Comments Off on When the Chapter Breaks in Scripture, Break the Storyline (Part 1)

Reflections on Jesus’s saying that there are many rooms in my Father’s house, and how a break in scripture can mistakenly break a narrative.

Feeding the Hungry With the Gift of Consistency

June 9, 2011  |  Videos  |  Comments Off on Feeding the Hungry With the Gift of Consistency

The greatest gift CMM gives to the hungry when it feeds them has little to do with their stomachs… It’s that we show up. Consistently.

Pentecost: Return to Jerusalem

June 8, 2011  |  Videos  |  Comments Off on Pentecost: Return to Jerusalem

Why, in Acts Chp 1, did Jesus tell his disciples to return to Jerusalem, the place which held the greatest fear and represented the greatest pain for them? The very same reasons he would tell us to return to our ‘own’ Jerusalem.

Psalm 16: A Brief for the Defense

June 8, 2011  |  Videos  |  Comments Off on Psalm 16: A Brief for the Defense

How can one enjoy joy, and celebrate life when there is so much suffering? It’s actually our responsibility to do so.

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Poem: A Brief for the Defense

Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies are not starving
someplace, they are starving somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants.
Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not be made so fine. The
Bengal tiger would not be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women at
the fountain are laughing together between the suffering they have known and
the awfulness in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody in the
village is very sick. There is laughter every day in the terrible streets of
Calcutta, and the women laugh in the cages of Bombay.
If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction, we lessen the importance
of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure, but not delight. Not
enjoyment. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the
ruthless furnace of this world. To make injustice the only measure of our
attention is to praise the Devil.
If the locomotive of the Lord runs us down, we should give thanks that the
end had magnitude.
We must admit there will be music despite everything.
We stand at the prow again of a small ship anchored late at night in the
tiny port looking over to the sleeping island: the waterfront is three
shuttered cafés and one naked light burning.
To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat comes slowly out
and then goes back is truly worth all the years of sorrow that are to come.
— Jack Gilbert

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Embedded Echoes of Scripture

May 30, 2011  |  Videos  |  Comments Off on Embedded Echoes of Scripture

How reference to different texts within a text we are reading can reveal so much more about that reading.