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Useless in the kingdom

what is theology if it doesn’t help humanity? we often make a theology, because that is what it is, human made, and render it divine. the problem with that is then that we make our human made theologies the the forms to which we must understand the world around us, and often times it is these theologies that enslave us, hurt us, and prevent healing. when we become slaves to our own theology then we have put our theology in the place of God. Now anyone who has done this will of course have a great difficulty in knowing that they have done this but it remains that we must always only allow our theology to be a tool to understand, and when it no longer makes sense of what we experience and know, then it must be adjusted – adjusting theology is much different than adjusting God or the Bible because our theology is only a lense through which we must look at the Bible and God – we cannot see them otherwise. However sometimes we can’t see very well through that lense or we make the lense a permenant part of our eye and in that case we have become useless in the kingdom.

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Talking Theology with James

Jim, Emily and I kicked it today in LA. We went through echo park, silverlake, los feliz, visiting clothing stores, eating good food, etc. Then Jim and I went to watch RK play in Hollywood. we had so much fun watching their new show and hanging with the guys afterwards, got to meet to crazy kids from capitol and then we kicked it at some mexican restaurant in HWood. i thought about wanting to do ministry again, with people like those guys, with Jim, with people who want to see more of the church being church than doing it. i had some good talks with matt hoopes – talking theology – about how the church isn’t in mission anymore that we don’t view ourselves as missionaries, instead we started third party organizations to do it. and how i am worried that some of my thinking may give me a hard time securing the kinds of jobs i may want in the future. not because i disagree on the basics, but because i disagree on everything else, methodologies, theology, ecclesiology, anthropology, etc. i just feel like we have packaged this thing up way to neatly that we have left half of the people who God wises to read out on the doorstep, because we don’t have enough room in our own minds for people who are like this, look like this, think like this, do this or that, etc. at the end of the day, i had great church with my brothers tonight – singing, music out of God-giftedness, laughing, exhorting, and breaking bread and drinking the cup together. oh and then there was the baptism, with all this rain we got soaked, twice. as we couldn’t find our car and as we stopped on the side of the highway to check up on an accident that happened, no one was inside even though it i looked like it just happened. strange, beautiful and lovely.

oh – and the church doesn’t have enough room in it for artists because they think outside the box and the church doesn’t. or as Jim just said, the church has become the box to think outside of. we mean the moder-perverse version of “church” we see today that is based on location/program driven church and not people/authenticity driven church.

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coming out of the muck

out of the muck

im getting through. things are looking good today. I am coming back, up the long hall, still swinging, still crawling along. i am like S. Weaver in Aliens, or Arnold in terminator. Well not really, but it fun to sound tough. Actually things are on the up and up, i am feeling better than i have in weeks, and i am looking forward to a restful weekend. God is delivering me. I am assessing what needs to be done by the end of the quarter and planning my attack. The rough cut went over well yesterday. we have a lot of work but i think this is the fun part. its all the stylizing that i like to do, working with colors, music, titles, transitions, effects.

I also have two big papers, a 20 pager and a 10 pager. I will rock them, once i figure out what they are going to be on. THough for one i think i am going to write on this idea i have had for a while – the Lord’s pray as a mission statement. What if a church’s mission statement was to live out the Lord’s prayer, what would that look like, sound like, feel like, etc. So i am excited about that prospect and for the 20 pager i am going to come up with something really cool because it is an OT assignment with a really cool prof.

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lie, cheat…


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fess up, we all lie and cheat at some point, its just that not all get caught. fortunately most of us do, and that is when we learn to stop all that lying and cheating.

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Nouwen and Silence

I read this morning.
It is working on me and is true for me as well as for Nouwen.
Lord I need to quiet myself.

“Many people ask me to speak, but nobody as yet has invited me for silence. Still, I realize that the more I speak, the more I will need silence to remain faithful to what I say. People expect too much from speaking and too little from silence.”
~ Henry Nouwen The Genesee Diary p.134

I slept hard, I don’t really remember anything, i don’t even know if I moved. I am overcoming the anxiety i have had, I am trying to get it all under control.

I have a lot to learn about myself and how to be healthy. How to know where the limit is. I am possibly joining a small group of artists at fuller to work on some projects this is another thing I am excited about but want to make sure it is the right fit – make sure I am not doing to much.

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Finally I learned today from my wife, why I became a Quaker. It is because of their sense of fashion. When I was showing her some pictures of the Beatles that I love and how cool the guys look,Grandma Death told me that George looked like a Quaker and that’s why I became one! I never looked at it that way. She is always so right about me….

Oh and for an explanation on our new names read the Lazlo files

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A comment i posted on

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  • who unfortunately is still caught in the patriarchial mode of antiquity. I am sorry that I am somewhat hot headed about this issue – but it is one of the major concerns i have for the church who continue to downgrade women’s callings, and value in the body of Christ. Until you remove this from your thinking you will always have a lesser view of women regardless of how you try to skirt around the issue. when push comes to shove, when the argument is laid out, in this view men were just created with better stuff. I whole heartedly disagree that God created us in such a way, it is outside of his charcter to create part of his beloved creation A and the other part B. They are both split from the same substance A to become AB and BA.

    Here is my rant.
    Paul also supports and affirms slavery. I think we should start keeping slaves again then. or wait is it the case that in Antioch where Timothy was pastor, the situation was one where Paul felt it best that woman at that time and place not be the teachers? could it possibly be the case that he was talking to a particular social situation, time, and people group? The goddess of fertility not only had a temple in Antioch at the time Paul writes this but it was one of the biggest temples in the mediteranean world at the time. Further this cult had a large following and deep influence into the lives and families that TImothy was pastoring. Think of the implications and message that one would give to kids who live in Skid Row versus those who live in the rich white hills of Santa Barbara? I don’t think they are going to sound the same, or talk about the same issues.

    Again – why is it so diffcult to think that Paul could have meant for the time being Timothy keep everything under tight wraps until there is real Christian disciplship and teaching taking place (by the way the place where it talks about deacons having one wife is also in Timothy – same group of people, same issues – so wouldn’t we be surprised if he said something other than that?).

    NOw what about those crazy women in Corinthians that are prophesying? Or what about the female deacon as

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  • speaks of, not to mention Junia (falsley translated Junias) the female apostle? shes not talked about too much in sunday school, but there are no records anywhere of men named junia in the first century Biblical or otherwise, but there are hundreds of women who have the name Junia (which is the greek).

    but then again if we want to lock ourselves into the culture and history of two letters out of all the NT – what do we do with the people who want to change those two letters to something like Philemon or Ephesians that give room and allowance to slavery? but then again isn’t misogyny just another form of slavery? So we men can keep all the control?

    and there is nothing said about Jesus, who was a much better example of honoring women and giving them places of promience in his own ministry than we are at following his example. and what about the holy spirit who is calling multiples of women to leadership, not only do they know that are they being called but so do the community of beleivers around them who are affirming many of these women to do what God calls them to do. When pieces of Scriptures do not line up with our everyday interact with the spirit we must question our own readings of the scripture and approach them again with a fresh mind. maybe it is the case that the Spirit is mroe flexible than us.

    When we buy into this patriarchial mindset, we fail our wives in the same way Adam failed Eve. Had he heeded God’s word and protected her, showing mutuality in his relationship with her he would have been able to keep her from the lies of the Serpent which ultimately led to her and him sinning. Instead of mutuality, holding one another up to the same position subordinate to one another – Adam made himself subservient to her, and in the process of relenquishing his own mutuality in their relationship gave up his responsibility to b ein co-humanity with his wife – thus failing to be the right kind of father for all generations to come.

    It is when men try to change roles – whether by making the woman subservient or becoming lazy and allowing themselves to be subservient that we break the co-humanity relationship that God created us to be in. This does not just apply to marriage, as man and woman are created co-equally prior to the advent of marriage.

    for me. my wife and i are servants of one another, and I for one if i ever minister in a body of believers will demand that at least one woman be in leadership with me – because they are the other half of understanding and knowing the whole of creation.

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    a shot from the movie


    a shot from the movie
    Originally uploaded by cwdaniels.

    i could go for one of these right now! but it wouldn’t help my very distracted head. click on picture to the right to see more pictures from shoot.