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    Entries in Jesus (23)


    Only One Set of Footprints?

    You may be familiar with the poem, "Footprints in the Sand."  You may also be familiar with Star Wars.  Put the two together, you get this:

    HT: Jenny Faber


    Awesome Sketches of Jesus in the Wilderness

    A perfect video for the 40 days of Lent.

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    Does Ignoring Jesus Equal Choosing Hell?

    I put this photo up on my Twitter feed on Saturday:

    Anyone care to comment?


    Wild Goose Not So Wild and Maybe Not Even a Goose

    Yesterday my friend Matt Anderson drew my attention to Catherine A. Caimano's reflections on the Wild Goose Festival at Duke Divinity School's Faith and Leadership blog, and after reading the article this morning I agree with his sentiment.  The review is devastating, particularly coming from someone who identifies with the progressive wing of Christianity.  Caimano is both honest and pensive, chronicling her inmost thoughts alongside her experience of community and conversation while present at Wild Goose.  She longs for a Jesus-centered movement, and instead finds something more akin to a spirituality driven by personal preference and self definition.  Caimano appears to long for a robust tradition rushing forward into the future that evidences new and profound expressions of the work of the Spirit of God, but instead finds disillusioned relativists seeking a spiritually that reaffirms their own best ideas about what Christianity should be like.  The Christianity Caimano found at Wild Goose is less about discipleship to Jesus, and more about crafting and constructing a Christianity that meshes well with a modern, politically liberal view of the world.


    Caimano, towards the conclusion of her post, writes:

    By the time I left, I knew that the Wild Goose Festival was more “progressive” in the liberal political sense than “progressive” in the sense of movement, in the sense of “progressing” someplace new in our faith and discipleship.

    Nowhere was this more evident than in the relatively small number of young people in attendance, certainly far fewer than I had imagined would be there.

    I sought out some of them, and they all had lovely things to say about Wild Goose. They talked about community and singing and conversation and new ideas. But when I pressed them about faith and asked if they had been talking about the role of Jesus in their lives, most said “no” with a real sense of longing.

    It made me wonder: Is part of the church’s future maybe to go further into our past? Is there such a thing as liberal fundamentalism? Is it possible to be a full-on, Bible-thumping Jesus freak and still think that all are included and we should care for the earth and not kill one another?

    Thanks to Facebook, I was contacted very early as part of the grassroots marketing campaign of Wild Goose.  I must admit I was intrigued.  What would a revival style meeting for progressive Christians look like?  What notes would be struck, other than the obvious, with regard to advocacy for the poor and rethinking Christian teaching pertaining to human sexuality?  What would be said about Jesus, aside from the platitudes one would expect from Brian McLaren about a new kind of this and that?  Would there be anything, anything at all said about the centrality of the gospel as a message that demands we be converted, other than in the sense of our party affiliation?  Would there be any mention of God as judge of the liberal/progressive Christian movement, or would wrath be reserved only for the conservative/traditional segments of Christianity?  I considered attending Wild Goose, only as a correspondent who could learn a thing or two, and as a representative of the young Christian community in the United States, who hopes to build bridges and extend respect toward those with whom I have disagreements.

    Caimano, interestingly, captures well my own sentiments: our only avenue toward a renewed future lies in a return to the past.  We must rely on the tradition by placing ourselves under it, rather than attempt to escape it or remake the tradition in our own image.  This does not mean that we cannot press up against the tradition and challenge it.  Being part of a tradition includes the responsibility to join in the discourse regarding what does and does not belong.

    But as Caimano has identified, one thing that definitely belongs in the Christian tradition is Jesus.  We are lost without him.


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