Archive for December 27th, 2011

April in Greece and Turkey, Anyone?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

I still have room for people in my bi-annual journey to the cities of Paul and John. See here for more information (once you get to the site, go first to “Event Specifics.”). You can go for fun or for 3 undergraduate or 3 graduate credits. The trip is from April 9 (Easter Monday) to April 20, and the cost is $4,399, which includes RT airfare, lots of flying in the countries, 4- 5-star hotels, daily breakfast and dinner, and all admission costs. Our itinerary includes Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, Laodicea, Colossae, Pisidian Antioch, Cappadocia, and more. Contact me for more information.

We are Part of the 1%

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

On this third day of Christmas and third month of “occupy,” for some strange reason I have been trying to think about why the occupy movement evoked in me both empathy and discomfort with the organizers. Among several reasons, one that has lingered beneath the surface, unarticulated, has just been articulated for me on FB by Lee Wyatt. Here it is:

Until the church in North America stands in the world community, acknowledging it lives among the 1% of the world, and honestly answers as to whether it has lived in the simplicity, and with the hospitality and generosity of Jesus Christ toward the 99% of the rest of the world, and acts in accord with the answer given, all our other disputes over doctrinal and ethical matters are secondary. To think or act otherwise is to engage in perverse mystification of reality and constitutes a failure to “occupy” the “new creation” that is our reality since the resurrection of Jesus.

Thoughts? Comments?