Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Monthly Archives: July 2006

Free at Last…

Fiona Robyn’s blog, “creative living”:

The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.
– Jules Renard

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Beauty…

I used to think that beauty was tied in with perfection.
Things change.
And that makes for profound beauty.
Wrinkles.
Rust.
Wear.
Tear.
Damage.
Age.
Brokenness.
Time.
Shadows.
Art celebrates time and the shadows.

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The Church as Counterculture…

“Is there a thinkable alternative (for us) that will avoid domestication? How does one present and act out alternatives in a community of faith which on the whole does not understand that there are any alternatives, or is prepared to embrace such if they come along?

“The dominant culture, now and in every time, is grossly uncritical, cannot tolerate serious and fundamental criticism and will go to great lengths to stop it…The task of prophetic ministry is to hold together both criticism and energizing.”

Walter Brueggemann
The Prophetic Imagination

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Worrying…

“I want to allocate my worrying to the things that deserve it.”

Scott Adams

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Leader of the Future…

Alan Creech always makes me think – – hard. A sample:

“…I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be
completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self.”

Henri Nouwen

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Cool…

“One of the consolations of getting older, I once explained to a painfully hip 20-something fellow I was trying to mentor, is that you can’t be cool, even if you try. Freed of that burden, you can think for yourself. Coolness is conformity – a prison!

“He said nothing, but in his steady gaze, I could see his incomprehension and his pity.”

William Falk
“The Week”

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