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Monday, October 27, 2014

Pastors eavedropping: 1)grocery store freakout 1)near-funeral during funeral prep @ Starbuck's

1) grocery store freakout --read it here

2) " confrontation at Starbuck's ..see "Junk in the Trunk," listen to it on right hand sidebar, first five minutes here

Friday, October 17, 2014

Look into my eyes...for ninety seconds

read it here

missional sacraments #21: Father Quixote and Lord of the Loo

From Faith and Theology:

Lord of the loo: a sermon on Graham Greene

A sermon by Kim Fabricius
Without doubt, one of the greatest 20th century novelists writing in English was Graham Greene. He was also one of the most popular: his prose was lucid, his plots were gripping, and as a “writer who happened to be Catholic” (he hated the term “Catholic writer”), he wrote compellingly about the human condition with theological insight as well as psychological depth, exploring the perennial themes of good and evil, sin and salvation, faith and doubt.

One of my favourite Greene novels isMonsignor Quixote, published in 1982 (I read it during my first month as a minister). Called “a fable for our times”, it’s an affectionate pastiche of Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece Don Quixote. It describes the exploits of a small-town priest, unexpectedly made a monsignor by the Pope (“what strange stirring of the Holy Spirit,” observes his resentful bishop), as he travels around Spain in his Seat 600, tilting at windmills, accompanied by his ex-mayor friend nicknamed “Sancho” (what else!), who happens to be a communist. As you might imagine, their conversations are, well, interesting, as the churchman and the atheist not only argue but are forced to re-examine their own beliefs.

One of the funniest scenes in the novel finds Father Quixote in a pub toilet with a man who wants to make his confession. “Never before had he heard a confession in such surroundings. He had always been seated in that box like a coffin … [So] It was almost automatically that he took refuge in the only box available and sat down on a closed lavatory.” It turns out that the man is an undertaker who has stolen the brass handles off the coffin in which he had buried a priest that morning.

“Father Quixote thought: How many times I have felt guilty as he does without knowing why. Sometimes he envied the certitude of those who were able to lay down clear rules.… Himself he lived in a mist, unable to see a path, stumbling.… He said, ‘Don’t worry about such little things. Go home and have a good sleep. Perhaps you have stolen.… Do you think God cares so much about such a small thing like that? He has created a universe.… You have stolen two brass handles – don’t feel so important. Say you are sorry for your pride and go home.’”

Then the priest goes back to the bar. “What on earth have you been up to?” asks Sancho. “Practicing my profession,” Quixote replies. “In a lavatory?” “In a lavatory, in a prison, in a church. What’s the difference?”

Good question: What’s the difference? Is there any? Is a confessional holier than a khazi? What, indeed, is ..  continued here

Michael Frost: "Jesus the Jester"

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First, Sixpence convicted him; then U2 did, now Pastor Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters move him all the way to tears: "a psalm of David Letterman"

The Sixpence story is here.
                  The U2 story is here.
                                     The Foo Fighters video is below; and backstory is here

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  • holy heteroclite:: watching Letterman getting convicted ...

  • Experience to Innocence: Lead me in the way I should go...

    Bono has hinted that the second CD in the two (or three?) series, "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience," may well contain some sections or songs where his older self talks to his younger self (and/or vice versa).  This new interview confirms that direction, and includes an intriguing Scriptural reference that he has been trying to weave into a song for ten years. Very promising:

    It's more about the present tense. The singer - the protagonist in it - is much closer to where we're at in our life and the younger character from Songs Of Innocence, they sometimes meet and one has a take on the other that is often a little aggressive. I often think about that - what would the younger me think of me now. Not much. In one song, there's another song called "The Morning After Innocence" where the older me goes and asks the younger me for help. It's a very tough one that goes:
    Is that your fountain pen, navy with a nib of gold?
     You never could write so well or do anything you were told on 10 Cedarwood Road
     I'm your older self, the song of experience,
     I've come to ask for some help from your song of innocence.
     Lead me in the way I should go.
     I'm running out of chances to blow,
     that's what you told me and you should know.
     Lead me in the way I should be.
     Unravel the mystery of the heart and its defense,
     the morning after innocence.
    Bono went on to describe the upcoming tour in more detail where there's a conversation between innocence and experience, describing it like The Who's Quadrophenia.   Link
    More conversation on this here