Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Favorite Tweets One Year On

            I’m really busy this week. I have to write a sermon about Jeoffry the cat in Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. Last week it was a sermon on the green glasses the Wizard of Oz handed out to citizens of the Emerald City. I'm running out of creative energy.

            So, instead of writing an entirely new post, I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite tweets on the one-year anniversary of my joining the twitter sphere. Most are mine, though sources are added when they’re not. I’m not offering them in any particular order. If there is an attribution to make, you’ll find that too. Here goes.

  • Kindness is love in work boots.
  • All our time, talent, and money is the budget God put us on to be his full-time ambassadors of reconciliation.
  • “. . . nothing can more effectively set people at odds than the demand that they think alike” (Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric of Religion).
  • The less convinced I am in scripture’s infallibility, the more impressed I become with most interpreters’ hubris.
  • Leave difficult things to books (Augustine).
  • The conceit of parsing one text ever more closely to get at the truth. No! Let all of scripture settle in your heart and mind.
  • God is especially ineffable when we lack curiosity.
  • Working for that moment when my sermon isn’t a lecture anymore.
  • In a post-literate era we need more preaching like Jesus': parabolic, dissonant, beautiful. Less like Paul's: faux linear, abstract.
  • Why is Conrad Black in Canada when 1000s wait years and years? Send him packing to make room for a real refugee!
  • Mayor Ford. As dumb as Clinton, but without the social grace. A tragic figure (and crook) like Nixon, but in a slapstick comedy.
  • The status quo is nothing other than an excuse to avoid the sharp edge of the gospel. 
  • Spiritual warfare? That's turning the other cheek.
  • Too many prayers for personal aches and pains. Not enough for the healing of the nations.
  • Now these three remain: denial, fear, and the status quo. But the deadliest of these is the status quo.
  • We need an immigration policy for the tired, poor, huddled masses. Not a policy that targets PhDs, high skill, and rich types.
  • Look at the world through your tears. You will see things that dry-eyed you would otherwise miss.
  • Preachers need to remember that beauty is redemptive.
  • In the Old Testament, we are told thirty-six times to love the stranger, and only twice to love our neighbour. (Douglas John Hall)
  • I pray you not speak of these little things. Think of me and the trouble I'm in at being found out. Oz to Dorothy and Harper to us.
Which one is your favourite? Maybe I'll write a blog post on that one! Next week.

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1 comment:

  1. This is my favourite :

    Look at the world through your tears. You will see things that dry-eyed you would otherwise miss.


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