From the monthly archives:

July 2010

Life, death, and food.

by Lon on July 27, 2010

While I can reproduce the salsa experience from last sunday for those of you who missed it – Here’s a few additional thoughts on the talk this past sunday.

There’s not much we do more frequently in life while awake than eat. Is there we can redeem our times of eating and see how God may be speaking to us through our food? Maybe rather than saying grace before meals, we could see grace within our meals?

The dining table helps bring people together as equals.  All in need of food, all with the capacity to enjoy and taste God’s goodness and providence.

Most of Jesus’ parables were spoken in the presence of a food and also often about food.

If the whole earth is filled with his glory – maybe our food expresses flavors of the gospel as well?  Think about the cilantro – the smell the colors – it’s all so unnecessary to digestion and nutrition – but why might our ever-creative God have done that with our food?

Everything (good) we eat was once alive.  Our food in many ways ‘dies’ so that we can live.

We can see the truth of Christ’s death, bringing us life, everywhere.

Death is not only a reality of life, it is the fuel for life.

Jesus once said that unless a kernel of wheat falls from the ground, it remains a single seed.  But if it dies… life is multiplied when we die to ourselves, our ambitions, our selfisness…

Jesus also said that we are to we deny ourselves (ie. die to ourselves), pick up our cross and follow him

Another statement Jesus repeated was that those who lose their lives (ie. die to ourselves again) will find our lives.

Death to ourselves, death for the sake of Christ, death on behalf of others, leads to life…

Here is a link to the trailer of food inc that I had mentioned – and how the way we eat today disconnects us from life, death, and how our universe functions.

Here’s an article I wrote about on ‘hoping for the death of your child‘ regarding the story of the two babies I closed with.

BTW – The jalapenos were burning under my nails for the next day.  Another reason why I love spicy food.  Ever have an experience eating food and you can’t recall whether you ate it or not?  Jalapenos provide me with a tangible experience to the food I ate – through the heat and my sweat – i’m reminded of the meal I just ate.  What if we lived more memorable and impactful lives – like the Jalapeno?

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Compassion at the dinner table

by Lon on July 27, 2010

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John 8:48-59

by Lon on July 27, 2010

Continuing our journey through the book of John

48 The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon?possessed?” 
49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.

51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 
52 At this the Jews exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon?possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death.

53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” 
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word.

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” 

57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” 
58 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

It’s quite the startling mistake to mistake the son of God for someone demon possessed.  Yet it happened to Jesus.  It happens today as we demonize people – we need to be very careful of the accusations we throw.

It’s amazing how fixated Jesus was on bringing God the father glory, what would our lives look like if we did the same?

“before Abraham was born, I am” – Christ is alluding to when God referred to himself as “I am” – the alpha and the omega, the one who was, and is, and is to come – Our Christ is both cosmic and universal while being deeply intimate and personal.

Jesus ran for cover from the pending stoning.  There’s a time to run and a time to stand our ground.  Isn’t it interesting where he had to run from was the ‘temple grounds’?  It’s the religious places that we often need to flee from danger.

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Excerpts from Mother Teresa

by Lon on July 19, 2010

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John 8:42-47

by Lon on July 19, 2010

Continuing the story of Jesus according to John

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?

47 He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

I recently read an article quoting a scientist in reference to a greater cosmic consciousness in the universe and said “Even if it were true I wouldn’t believe it”

While we talk often about despising hypocrisy and seeking truth – there can be times where something in us just doesn’t want truth.

There’s something that goes far beyond what we say and what we do (though it greatly affects both).  At our very core there is something we cannot simply will into existence.  There is a person within us that can only be transformed by it’s maker – and this shapes everything.

To whom do you belong?  What is your maker like?  For what purposes were you fundamentally created?

Maybe there are some things we can hear from God only in the context of belonging to him.

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John Perkins – Cost of the Kingdom

by Lon on July 14, 2010

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John 8:31-41

by Lon on July 14, 2010

Continuing our journey through John

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.

32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” 
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.37 I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word.

38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you do what you have heard from your father.” 

39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered. 
“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do the things Abraham did.
40 As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things.

41 You are doing the things your own father does.” 
“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”

This is a profound passage.

How will we know if we are his disciples?  If we hold to his teaching.

THEN we will ‘know the truth’.  The truth isn’t a statement memorized, it’s a life lived and practiced.

How can we be free?  Many of us delude ourselves into thinking we’re living free lives when we’re not.  The Jews had been physically enslaved a multitude of times, let alone enslaved by their own sins, yet they could not see it.

It’s not enough to simply acknowledge God, or to even declare him as Father (which is quite an amazing and remarkable thing to realize), yet as we’ll see in the next passage – What is this Father God of yours like? Jesus and the Jews were talking about different fathers in this passage.

What is your Father like?

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Story of Bottled Water

by Lon on July 5, 2010

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