I Love The Internet: The Faith Edition

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Rediscovering faith as an adult, as a parent, now in my 30s is a lot different than discovering faith as a teenager. This time, I’m okay with not knowing. This time, I want to listen. A lot. And read, but not know all the things because this time I know that all the things can’t be known. This time, I read to see glimpses and to know I’m not alone in all of this. Because I’m not. None of us are.

I love the internet.

“There is sometimes this assumption in the United States that everyone knows about the message of Christianity already and is either invested or has rejected it and so there is no need for evangelism or for new church starts… What I’m finding, though, is that there are scores of people who haven’t been exposed to a liberal understanding of Christianity. They don’t know that there are churches where you can be queer or transgender and welcomed. They don’t know that there are churches that care about and work for justice issues. They don’t know that there are people who are Christians who don’t read the Bible literally, who allow doubt, who love science, who ask hard questions, etc.”

Read more of We Are Not Over Saturated at anarchistreverend.com.

“Back and forth, back and forth. The world keeps rushing by, a blurred streaky mess, filled with offers and opportunities and enticing engagements. From Asia to LA, from the suburbs to the strip clubs, from the blog to the bathroom and back again, I ride the pendulum, dazed and confused. I’m trying so hard to reconcile the gross with the good, that sometimes I forget to look, instead, for the still, unmoving places, smooth spots in the landscape of life where God can be seen clearly. It’s only when I see Him in the chaos and confusion that I find clarity and rest.”

Read more of Life Is Weird And It Doesn’t Make Sense at TheVeryWorstMissionary.com.

“You know the Jesus Juke, right?

Well, it’s quite handy actually. It’s a wormhole that can be opened and jumped through when one is faced with a contentious and complicated issue. The Juker says, for instance, that since Jesus didn’t talk about gays, I don’t need to either! He says that since Jesus talked mostly about poverty, justice for LGBTs is a big distraction, a nuisance, a we’ll-get-to-it-when-we-get-to-it sort of thing. Pushed to the end of his patience rope, the Jesus Juker will inevitably say something like this: Jesus is our unifier. His is our center, so please, for Pete’s sake, DROP IT!

But for me, I can’t. It’s my life and this is our friendship. You are my pastor, you are my teacher, you’re my favorite author, you’re a highly visible voice with influence. You are someone I want to trust. If you can’t trust me enough, love me enough, to be transparent over a rather large part of my journey, then how am I to still trust you?”

Read more of Jesus Jukes And Why We Need To Know Where You Stand at rachelheldevans.com.

“Maybe the Way is longer, more mysterious, much bigger than we could imagine. Maybe while we stood in the kitchen, in that moment, talking about tattoos and God, we were holiness embodied. Despite our fumbling words and our currently terribly messy lives. Despite how life changes, altering the meaning of a tattoo. Despite ourselves. Despite all the different takes on the Bible and every answer for every question Christianity raises up.”

Read more of Just Write {143} at extraordinary-ordinary.net.

“I’m an expert at many things. And I’m sick of it. Being an expert, that is. Because being an expert is boring. That’s why I started kite surfing a few month ago. I wanted to be a beginner again… I love being a beginner again. I love following impossible instructions. I love failing gloriously!”

Read more of How To Live Life To The Max With Beginner’s Mind at zenhabits.net.

Author: Casey

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