“The question ought to be, How will Gods new creation come? and then, How will we humans contribute to that renewal of creation and to the fresh projects that the creator God will launch in his new world? The choice before humans would then be framed differently: are you going to worship the creator God and discover thereby what it means to become fully and gloriously human, reflecting his powerful, healing, transformative love into the world? Or are you going to worship the world as it is, boosting your corruptible humanness by gaining power or pleasure from the forces within the world but merely contribute thereby to your own dehumanization and the further corruption of the world itself?”
-NT Wright, Surprised By Hope
I don’t know where it started. My guess is within the “Restless and Reformed” community. I’m pretty sure that’s where I first heard it and continue to.
It sounds sexy doesn’t it?!
The phrase came about in a time when America and possibly much of the world became obsessed with fame.
Yeah we had always liked and admired our movie stars, but something happened in 2000′s that made us go crazy about fame. Maybe it was reality TV and the fact that regular people could be famous while possessing no talents that a reasonable person would consider entertaining, or maybe it was the advent of Youtube and viral videos enabling someone to become famous without even being on TV at all. A culmination of these things made people willing to get married on TV to a perfect stranger, or have the first year of marriage filmed for the world to see, it made Paris Hilton one of the most famous people in the world all because she… well I honestly don’t know what she does exactly.
I have no doubt that many people repeating this slogan are well-meaning and even hold in their hearts something good and right when they say it.
But I think it’s a mantra that begs for further examination.
Someone who follows a famous person is called a fan. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m a fan of more than a few people. But Jesus doesn’t need fans.
Maybe “making him famous,” isn’t something Jesus wants.
I’m sure that many are saying, ‘But Shane, doesn’t Jesus want to be known in people’s hearts?’ and to that I would say, of course he does, but who is first famous person that comes to your mind? Do you know them… in your heart? Do you know their deepest wants and needs, their dreams and fears? Of course not. You know of them, but you don’t know them.
Why on earth would we use the most superficial of words to describe the way in which Jesus wants to be known to the world?!
You might be thinking that this is splitting hairs, that it’s just semantics, but the truth is, words matter. Words matter greatly. They shape the way we think and behave. We can use them to convey God’s proper place in our hearts, or relegate him to the cover of an issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Today, licensed marriage and family therapist Rhett Smith sits down to talk about his new book What It Means to Be a Man.
Where most books on manhood and masculinity are for either the Egalitarian or Complimentarian crowd, this is one that both can read, focusing less on the roles of men and instead on the pitfalls common to men.
If you are a man then this book will help you navigate those pitfalls and if you’re a woman it will help you understand them.
This week I had help from @ncsupimaster and @JedFlogen.
We’ve probably all heard the repulsive details that have come to light during the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor on trial for murder.
The internet is not in short supply of articles about the case and the abortion debate as a whole. I don’t usually read articles from pro-life news sources like LifeNews.com, not because I don’t agree with what is said, but because of the general hypocrisy inherent in most pro-life publications. However, I was struck by the title and content of this article from LN, “Why Grisly Abortion Practitioner Kermit Gosnell Should be Acquitted.”
It’s a great set up for one of pro-lifers strongest arguments: Why are these acts found SO hideous, SO egregious and deserving of murder charges when they take place outside of the womb, yet, acceptable and permissible when conducted inside the womb?
The logic being -why should we single out this abortion doctor for doing outside the womb, what is done everyday around the country inside the womb.
I agree with this argument. In fact, I think it’s very astute.
However, while pointing out the hypocrisy of abortion advocates, it further points out the pro-life communities own hypocrisy.
The pro-life community rarely shows concern for life outside of the womb; the life on foreign soil, the life of the orphan, and the life of the single mother.
This hypocrisy is further highlighted when the majority of the pro-life messages on twitter are capped with the hashtag “tcot,” short hand for “Top Conservatives On Twitter,” sending the message that if you’re pro-life but on the other side of the aisle then your isolated, we’re not on the same team, I’m more interested in this political philosophy than a consistently advocating for the sanctity of life.
Dear pro-life community, you’re not taken seriously, because you have shown that you don’t even believe in the sanctity of life.
I’ve written a more exhaustive post on this issue in the past. You can read it here: Roe V Wade, Abortion & A Hypocritical Pro-Life Movement.
This week I had help from @brycecarter @rachaellamy @whatbryan @michael_peeples & @propheticzach
These last few months this message has been coming to me over and over again…
If I truly knew and believed that God both loves AND likes me, my life would be utterly changed.
Insecurity within me would recoil…
Doubt would diminish…
Guilt would vanish…
If I believed that God delighted in me, I would look more like Jesus.
And that, in my words, is what this book is about.
Jonathan is not cutting me any commission, so you know I’m serious when I tell you to GO. BUY. THIS. BOOK.
…and if you haven’t heard it yet, be sure to listen to my interview with Jonathan.
My guest today is Jonathan Martin. Jonathan is the pastor of Renovatus: A Church for People Under Renovation in Charlotte, NC where he lives with his wife Amanda. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and Duke University Divinity School.
In episode 14, Jonathan and I are talking about his new book Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think.
In the book Jonathan explores the question of what our lives would look like if we truly believed that we are loved by God. I truly believe that everyone should read this book, because if we truly grasped just a bit of the love that God has for us, our hearts, minds, and lives would be radically changed.
I hope you benefit from Jonathan’s words as much as I did.
Jonathan blogs at pastorjonathanmartin.com
Renovatus & Jonathan’s sermons can be found online at renovatuschurch.com
Blogger John Wallace, recently interviewed me for his blog.
If you’ve ever found yourself thinking “Who is this Shane Blackshear, and what are some of his favorite beards?” well then, what’s wrong with you?! Just the same here’s an interview that answer’s all your strange questions, weirdo.