Discerning The Call

An exploration of my faith and my call

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Welcome to the episcopal church, where the bishops quote HBO in their sermons and wine and beer are served after the service.
Me to the new confirmands tonight (via soontobereverend)

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you’re safe as long as you don’t imagine your otp slow dancing to ‘the way you look tonight’ in their pjs in the kitchen of their new house at 3am with their heads resting on each other’s shoulders if you do imagine that then you’re ruined im sorry

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Who Wrote the Bible?: Synoptic Gospels Edition

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Today I proudly turn things over to atumblingseminary’s New Testament correspondent, the stupendous Emmy Kegler. Emmy is a recent graduate of Luther Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity, and is the kind of person who takes a concentration in Greek in undergrad, just for FUN. Today she’s going to be teaching us about the Gospels, specifically the three Synoptics, Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Take it away, Emmy!

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I love that we have four gospels.  The story of Jesus is the most important story that Christians can tell, and yet in our holy book itself we see multiple versions of that story.  There are some Big Things the gospels all agree on—that Jesus rose from the dead, for example—but then there are some smaller issues that aren’t so clear, like exactly who went to the tomb, and did they see Jesus there, and what did he say to those who saw him?  

What the four gospels ask us to remember is that each writer wrote out of his own experience.  Scholars date the gospels to 70CE for Mark (around the time of the destruction of the Temple), 80-95 CE for Matthew and Luke, and somewhere just after 100CE for John.  They’re written after the resurrection of Jesus, after the letters of Paul, and after some (or maybe all) of the original disciples had died.

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Lenten Roses - Onyx Odyssey variety, doubled and undoubled

One of my favorites.

This might be my new favourite flower!

Can’t you imagine a bare cross, these strewn around it, laid there in prayer on Good Friday, only to see the same cross adorned in bright colors and fresh spring flowers for the Easter Vigil a day later? I love dark flowers, but nothing is more breathtaking to me than an Easter lily arrangement on Easter morning!

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Minimum wage should be linked to the poverty level. 

This is basic economic fact.
A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses. That major multinational corporations can be “successful” while failing to meet a basic operating expense is only possible because We The People pick up their greedy/lazy slack through taxes and charity. 
And yet somehow it’s everybody else who’s a moocher and a looter…
And this corrosive greed is a big part of what’s slowly poisoning the U.S. economy. Money being hoarded at the top and put in “safe” investments and bank accounts is money that does nothing for no one. It’s just an elaborate means of keeping score. Money put into the hands of the workers does what money is meant to do: it circulates. It gets spent. The same dollar will go through dozens of sets of hands, touching dozens of lives, feeding dozens of people and sparking profits for dozens of businesses. The same dollar, in the hands of the rich, will generally do… nothing. It won’t create jobs. It won’t fund innovations. It won’t start businesses.
Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for workers. Less than 3% of the wealthy are actually entrepreneurs (people who risk their money on business ventures that create jobs). 
But 100% of the working class spends their money. That money creates jobs. That money fuels innovations. That money becomes profits. That money keeps the economy ticking.
We have been lied to about who are the parasites and who are the drivers of the economy. We have largely accepted a view of money as a means of keeping score and the economy as something that must have winners and losers, rather than money being a proxy for barter and an economy being a way to divide the labor of society and distribute the load of living

#poverty #classism

"A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses."

"Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for the workers."

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neverbat:

mylittledraenei:

blue-author:

addictinginfo:

Minimum wage should be linked to the poverty level. 

This is basic economic fact.

A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses. That major multinational corporations can be “successful” while failing to meet a basic operating expense is only possible because We The People pick up their greedy/lazy slack through taxes and charity. 

And yet somehow it’s everybody else who’s a moocher and a looter…

And this corrosive greed is a big part of what’s slowly poisoning the U.S. economy. Money being hoarded at the top and put in “safe” investments and bank accounts is money that does nothing for no one. It’s just an elaborate means of keeping score. Money put into the hands of the workers does what money is meant to do: it circulates. It gets spent. The same dollar will go through dozens of sets of hands, touching dozens of lives, feeding dozens of people and sparking profits for dozens of businesses. The same dollar, in the hands of the rich, will generally do… nothing. It won’t create jobs. It won’t fund innovations. It won’t start businesses.

Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for workers. Less than 3% of the wealthy are actually entrepreneurs (people who risk their money on business ventures that create jobs). 

But 100% of the working class spends their money. That money creates jobs. That money fuels innovations. That money becomes profits. That money keeps the economy ticking.

We have been lied to about who are the parasites and who are the drivers of the economy. We have largely accepted a view of money as a means of keeping score and the economy as something that must have winners and losers, rather than money being a proxy for barter and an economy being a way to divide the labor of society and distribute the load of living

#poverty #classism

"A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses."

"Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for the workers."

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'What is Christianity?' Undoubtedly half will respond, 'A relationship with Jesus.'

That is wrong. The gospel cannot be merely a private transaction. God didn’t break through history, through time and space, to come as a baby, be incarnated, and suffer on the cross just so you can come to him and say, ‘Oh, I accept Jesus and now I can live happily ever after.’ That’s not why he came…. Jesus came as a radical to turn the world upside down. When we believe it is just about Jesus and yourself, we miss the whole point.
Chuck Colson, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity…And Why it Matters, p. 87 (via blakebaggott)

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