Monday, February 28, 2011

the royal wedding and the kingdom of God.

Just in case you didn't know-Prince William is getting married. Which means a royal wedding (of the century) is in the works, which also means there's an invite list. This 1,900 person invite list was a mystery until recently. Some names on the list are well known, some are not. I'm sure there are a few people who thought they were surely invited, but are still waiting on the invite. Most, I'm sure, were not surprised to receive an invite, but some were.

Enter: John Haley of the Old Boot Inn.

This is the guy who pours pints at Kate Middleton's fam's favorite pub. That's all he's done for the future princess and in his interview he says in he was "quite surprised" to get an invite. "I'm over the moon," he said.

After all, who would have thought a pub owner would be invited?

For me, this scenario has given me an idea of what the Greatest Royal Wedding Banquet will be like. The one with Jesus as the guest of honor and His people as the bride. I am positive the no brainer's will be there: i.e.Paul, Peter, John and David, the martyrs of old (and present), C.S. Lewis, and so on. On a more sobering note, I am also sure people who themselves thought they would be in attendance will not. (Jesus himself alludes to this in Matthew 25) Best of all, I do believe we will see the "pub owners". The ones we least expected. The ones who themselves may not have counted themselves worthy. And there is great joy in that.

Watch John Haley's interview here

Thursday, February 10, 2011

what does it mean...really?

There are lots of phrases people throw around these days in Christian circles. One such phrase is "loving the city".

But what does this (along with so many others) mean? Really?

My friend Biscuet posted the following article on his blog recently. It has a tad of sass and a bit of sarcasm, but after reading it I think it is a powerful commentary on what it means to
love a city to life.

I was challenged,convicted of the way I have misconstrued this idea, and inspired to ask more questions about my own city and what's really important here.

My takeaway was this: brining change to the places we call home requires long term commitment that's messy and unsexy, but no doubt beautiful all at the same time.

Articles like this one are part of a conversation we all need to be having with ourselves and one another. Let's face it...I don't really know what's best. But I want to. I have no idea what the answer is for my own city besides asking questions and proceeding. We have an obligation to the poor, the forgotten and to the racial issues that still linger. I don't believe that obligation can be ignored or met for ourselves or in ourselves.

Read the article: On "loving the city" long-term (in contrast to well-intentioned hipster, neo-paternalistic versions)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

let's go.

photo props to sunday in bed

Oh, what if we could!
Or can we?
Where to go? What to see?
Crossing lines and drawing X's
Seeing places where beauty lives.
Oceans of plenty, lands of rolling greens
The honk of a taxi and a city scape scene
Oh, the spaces that make up the places
That God has indeed shed his graces!