Al Shaw

Links, quotes, images and the occasional unoriginal thought.

Sep 5
“The unity-in-diversity Paul proclaims is more particular than generic teamwork – as if getting along and working together itself is holy. The punch for Paul is not just the simple analogy of a body for human cooperation and interconnectedness. The point is how that interconnectedness – the unity amidst diversity – is transformed by our incorporation and participation in Christ” Seth Richardson

Sep 3

Aug 18
“Once you taste undiluted community, it’s hard to go back to whatever the watered-down American knockoff would be. Once you realize that you don’t have to hold it all together on your own, that you can rely on others, share with others, and be real with others, it’s really had to imagine going back to the old way of doing life…. Although building community is hard, uncomfortable, and requires vulnerability in a culture that tends to value pretentiousness, the life you will discover at the end of that road is one that you’ll never want to turn away from. Like Jesus, we find life as it was intended when we build a circle of friends who will join us in the messy work of wrestling with what faith in our time looks like.” (Benjamin Corey, Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus, 45-46)

Aug 5
“Everyone likes to eat. In peace or war, the ultimate refuge—the sanctuary of all that is humane—lies distilled within the warmth of the kitchen.” Paul Salopek

Jul 31
“The ivory tower of Neo-Calvinism has reached so high, I’m not sure what the point is anymore. Calvinist bloggers only stimulate other Calvinist bloggers. Neo-Calvinism has become the ghetto of the ghetto of the Christian subculture.” J.S. Park

Jul 22

"In recent days, there were times I wanted to give greater voice to the anger and grief that the Malaysian people feel and that I feel," he said.

"But sometimes, we must work quietly in the service of a better outcome."

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on negotiations resulting in Ukrainian pro-Russian fighters handing over the black boxes of flight MH17. 

Jul 20
“The best-selling author Tony Horwitz recently wrote in the New York Times about his experience with electronic publishing. He was delighted to find that his instant book on the Keystone pipeline, Boom, had landed in the Amazon Top 25 list of all digital titles—only to learn that he had sold a mere 800 copies.” Philip Yancey 

Jun 29
“In its later and more refined stages [slavery] is carried on by the ownership of the things from which man must live.” Clarence Darrow 

Jun 22

Jun 16
“In Syria, the ‘Islamist militants’ are ‘rebels’ who are on ‘our’ side because they oppose the ‘tyrannical’ Assad. In Iraq, the ‘Islamist militants’ are ‘insurgents’ because they oppose the US-implanted and supported ‘democracy’ there.” 

May 30
“Many pastors have confessed to focusing on attendance while giving little attention to reproducing fruit-bearing disciples who are involved in intentional evangelism.”

May 28

May 24
“We do not judge a Christian teacher only by his age or experience, to be sure. But the new progressives have an authority problem. Whether their own family members or martyred apostles, they show no hesitation in correcting those who would—and should—teach them. They do so, furthermore, with precious little confessional and congregational accountability. Ecclesial accountability—though no fail-safe—is given us for our good. Beware Greeks bearing bonds, you might say, and bloggers without churches. Put it this way: If we’re faced with a choice between a precocious twenty-something with lots of neat new ideas about sexuality and gender untested by the scholarly community on the one hand, and an apostle gored by a Roman sword because the Holy Spirit spoke through him in tones ancient authorities considered hostile to imperial rule on the other, we’re banking on the latter.” Andrew Walker 

“The benefit of the doubt is to be given to the document itself, and not arrogated by the critic to himself.” Aristotle on literary criticism. 

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