Radical by David Platt

Posted: February 10, 2011 in theological reflection

I remember reading a book entitled, Burn This Book. It struck me as a usual title for a literary work. Well David Platt has written a book that for the weak hearted they should burn this book or not attempt to digest. He has his gospel, sniper scope centered aimed at the character of God and he does not miss. He is adamant about his premise, he lays it out scholarly and practically for the reader to wrestle through. He states, “We have missed what was radical about our faith and replaced it with what was comfortable.”

Platt makes this self discovery surprisely while being in the midst of a church that is nothing like what he is detailing in this book. This causes him to re-shift his thinking and actions as a pastor. To see him engage this truth is something of a cataclysmic nature. He writes with passion because he lives with the same passion. He writes with intentionality because he was so challenged to live a life that was synchronized or reflective of Christ.

 His prophetic core is on display as he encounters the frightening (his own words) dispositions toward the poor. He writes words that unsettle the reader but challenges them to live out the true intent of the Gospel in all phases. He elegantly states that “caring for the poor is evidence of our salvation.” I am not sure if you can get more reflective than that in a book.

Simply put Platt has written a book that has the potential to reveal the heart of a church, community or the sole believer. It is a try at your own risk type of adventure that will forever change the lives of those who chose to partake. This is a high definition look and example of what the church should resemble in this postmodern era that we live within.

The democratic movement is a myth and impossible in an uncivil society. It is based upon the ability of a people to have a where withal to lead and implement. Bad leadership handicaps the very essence of progression. So in a democracy, leadership is a high priority for the success of community or society, due to the fact that leadership sparks the fire. If we allow the “misfortune of unrest” to pummel intimacy of community, then democracy will never stand a chance-if it is desired at all…

Seeking Shalom Part 1

Posted: February 9, 2011 in theological reflection

As I engaged in morning prayer, I was sieged by the truth of the scriptures and the love of God. It never ceases to amaze me how God can love a prideful wretch such as myself. His enduring love is a “majestic negotiation” with the soul. If I was to every try to describe just how great this dude is , I am not sure if I would be able to capture the fullness of his character.  Understand when I was in the midst of sin he cared enough to chill with me. When I was in the midst of chaos, he cared enough to bring shalom.  How much more can one do to display his love for a person?

It is an endless pursuit that was initiated by him toward me. He chose to initiate his love toward a person actually dissed him.  Peep out Proverbs 8:22: “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.” God had me in mind when he was creating this world. I was intelligibly created with a promise and purpose. I was not a haphazard thought that stumble upon the Earth. God systematically calculated the intent of my surroundings and then placed me there to effect or to be effected. He then proceeded to bomb me with his love…

Seeking Shalom

One of the great theological minds ever to grace the world….

Karl Barth Audio Lecture I recently stumbled across this English audio lecture by Karl Barth on Evangelical theology. It’s moving. It’s inspiring. It’s profound. It’s convicting. It’s comforting. It’s powerful. Enjoy! … Read More

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Reflecting on Racism

Posted: February 2, 2011 in racism, theological reflection

The beginning of racism is a self-inflicted wound if not checked will contaminate the whole body. The goal of a prideful people is to reconstruct the intentions of others to reflect error. Whether they agree or disagree, the entire premise is to neglect the deeds of those whom they reject.  It is impossible to build community with people who have a viscous need to cause dissent. They tend to slant information toward an anti-collective approach to community.

This racism is predicated upon a fragile thought of superiority or a complex that the other group is not worthy of respect. Racism is the most self-destructive element that America has ever seen or embraced. It blurs the vision of all that have embraced its content. It dampens the love ethic with rhetoric that castrates greatness from maturing. Once a group has been subjected to such racist taunts their plight for success is marginalized at best. They cease to progress or to a point exist, viably in the mind of the racist. This subsequently leads to harmful actions being directed at the group in question.

The solution is to embrace the “Love Supreme Motif.”  This will allow for many different people, from different groups merge together to form a melody of beauty. We must connect with different people to perform to a level of beauty. When each person perfects the gift that lies within them- only to share with the whole-an engagement of trust is built that trumps racism. Everyone operates upon equal footing, with an intentionality that makes the next man greater than yourself. This is where the need for the love of Christ maximizes its stance. Christ sheds a broad brush of agape that is parallel to none. His love is the blueprint of the “Love Supreme Motif.”

Just my thoughts

Reflecting on Education

Posted: January 31, 2011 in theological reflection

What would life resemble if I had no education? I am not altogether sure if financially, I would be better or worse off. I could not have applied for the job that I have at this moment. But on the flip side I would not owe money for financial loans. I could go on and on for a day with that cat and mouse game but I will spare you the naive attempts to prove a circular point.

What I can say is that having an education has proven to be beneficial due to the fact that it gives me a voice and a level of creditability. It gives me a voice because it amps my scholarship as I write and speak. It gives me parameters that allow me to collect my thoughts more cohesively. Through the different means, I am able to relate too many with simple keystrokes, that has the potential to reach millions in matter of moments. Genius is on display or lack thereof every time someone reads the words that are on the page.  Michael Eric Dyson asserts, “Writing is a risk, a risk of exposure of ignorance on the page and the joy of self-discovery.” It is quite possible to lose one self in the midst of the lines leaving one to grapple with a self rescue through words and paragraphs.

Education has given me a since of creditability because it allows others see where you have matriculated and the level of discipline that you have mustered to see it through until the end. Now this is not really a bearing on your aptitude to learn but it does make a powerful statement. 

Let me make a clarifying statement that going to school is not the sum total of education. A school setting is needed and good for some. The structured level of learning makes one prioritize and discipline themselves to see it through until the end.  Learning has to take place through your entire life and must never stop. I know folks that didn’t go to college but have more wisdom than I can read in 20 books. My father is a wise man, a lot of my friends are wise men, my wife is wise but most of them did not finish college. They have a level of genius that cannot be interpreted by a grade point average. They have a functional wisdom that is productive to fulfill their call and vocation that God has for their life. They have embraced what Thelonius Monk defines as a genius-“a person who knows how to be themselves.”

Bottom line is education never stops as long as you are living and there are many ways to get it….

Just my thoughts

The value of learning is an essential pedagogy that brings one close to the edge, only to be pushed. Melly Mel rocks in the “The Message” that once one is pushed from the edge they “lose their head.” I have come to the conclusion that as you learn the losing of your head or conversely your mind, is inevitable. Learning puts one in a context of questioning. As one learns they start to question the very essence of that which they learned, not in disbelief but with an inquisitive fervor for a greater impact upon their own life. The mere gorging of facts serves no value other than being able to impress others that you have read others thoughts and can recall them on demand. But one who takes the learned information and apply them to their everyday lives, beckons upon a new horizon that is constantly in transformation. This transformation causes one to wrestle with truth in a personal way. This then leads one back to the context which is self identified by the learner.  This is important because one continues the eternal search for truth only in disciplines of interest.

Cornel West denotes to learn or the process of learning is “learning how to die.” This takes on the biblical passage where Jesus proclaims that for one to have life he must be willing to die. It is in the dying that one actually finds his life. The process of learning is the proverbial sword that the learner must constantly lay upon in order to advance through life’s lies. The sad truth is that one may also enter into death if they stop learning. Where there is no place of seed planting there will be no growth. If one does not plant a seed of information the reverse effect will be that stagnation will set in and death will become imminent.