(Picture is from my new DeviantArt, where I put some of my very unprofessional photographs from time to time now… And yes, I do like Sepia a lot!)
Five Things Christianity Can Learn From Buddhism by Christian Piatt. Not that I agree with everything (I don’t even think I really understand the exact Buddhist meaning of ‘ego’ -I don’t think many Christians do- although I disagree with ‘the self is an illusion, but Western Christianity is way too ego-driven sometimes!)
The blogpost Am I really a Lesbian? at the spiritual apocalypse blog. Written by a lesbian woman married to another woman, but a completely different angle than a lot of things I regularly read. (Much more Christlike if you ask me)
Another one to read and work through, whether or not you agree with it or not: Social justice bullies: the authoritarianism of millenial social justice. There indeed is a lot of very agrressive, unloving and not very rational discourse going on under the guise of ‘social justice’ these days, especially from the US.
Why Jesus is Anti-Capitalist by Micah Bales. Duh…
Another sign that Christians need to get away from both materialist reductionism on one hand and weird sensational supernaturalism on the other hand and acknowledge the spiritual world in a more humble and dare I say, rational way: Peter Wagner and Mt Everest’s Queen of Heaven: Towards Understanding Groups Like the ARC (at the Wartburg Watch) I can remember Wagner having influennce on the Charismatic circles, and I do know these sorts of ‘spiritual mapping’, but this is just dangerous nonsense which has nothing to do with Jesus or the bible. Why so some want to see demons an the like eveyrwhere where they aren’t (without noticing them where they actually are), completely sidetracking God and Jesus in the process??
Faith in the system, or faith in Jesus? by Chaplain mike at internetmonk with a nice picture of Charles Darwin himself: “I was impressed anew at how evangelical Christianity comes across as faith in a system rather than faith in the person of Jesus Christ.”
(Which reminds me for some reason of the Omian religion in Terry Prachett’s ‘small gods)
Completely unrelated: newly discovered small flying dinosaur (not a pterosaur!) loooking like an inbetween form between bats and birds
What Christian College Students Are Saying About Sex . . . It May Surprise You, I personally do think that our Western tendency for divorce, and making other things more interesting than relationships are much more to blame for this than ‘gay marriage’. why would anyone still believe in marriage as defined by our cultures when most of them around us fall apart?
I do like things that connect with global Christianity. So I want to learn this Song heard around the world , which I don’t know but is based on a verse I have been trying to write a song from too, although I’ve never finished it.
From Steve in S-Africa: Xenophobia, xenomisia, and the failure of transformation: Xenophobia and xenomisia taken together mean “the fear and loathing of foreigners”, and that fear and loathing undoubtedly exists in some circles.
Dan Brennan reviews Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian on John H. Armstrongs blog, and gives an interesting plea against the Freudianised friendship ethics of a lot of Evangelicals…
Just interpret this however you want: Female chimps making, wielding spears . Maybe weapons were invented by women after all from an evolutionary POV. No idea what this would mean to romantic feminists who say men disrupted the balance…
Anything that caught your eyes this month?