Day: September 20, 2011

Dispatches from Quito

…the Guarani people, they call themselves the people with open hands. What that means is that as they receive something – money, material possessions, emotional investment, ideas – they are thinking about how they can enhance the gift, and pass it on. The Guarani, through several centuries of experience with colonizing Western culture have learned to call us the people of the closed hands; people who immediately invest energy in how to hold onto possessions of all kinds.

Raising the Bar

Jesus invites us to look at our hearts, and be disarmed. Whenever we look at another person with lust, we realize that our thoughts are God’s possession. We drag God into our own adultery. Nevertheless, God does not reject or abandon us. God loves us even as we foul God.

The spiritual aftermath of 9/11

In the aftermath of 9/11, we as a nation recalibrated our thinking in unhelpful, ungodly ways. Fear pushed aside courage, pessimism replaced optimism, and present conflict pushed aside our vision of God’s plan for the future. Theologically, we began living and thinking as if the gospel ended with the crucifixion rather than the resurrection.

However, the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 acted differently.