"When language only describes what is, it inevitably becomes conservative. It tends to become ideological, giving permanence to the way things presently are. But language in serious community need not be only descriptive of what is. It can be evocative and creative, calling into being things that do not exist. Such language is the way of promise and of hope. And because such speech calls into existence things that do not exist, it is dangerous and subversive speech. It stands characteristically over against things as they are."
This summer, I am riding my bicycle from San Diego, CA to Virginia Beach, VA. That is a total of over 3,000 miles.
I’m partnering with Blood:Water Mission as a member of the Ride:Well Tour 2011 in order to raise funds and awareness for clean water projects and health initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa. All along the way, we’ll be advocating for clean water in specific African communities which will benefit from the aid of those who give. I strongly believe, and have seen it proven time and time again, that a united people can actually make a difference.
When you donate, it actually makes a difference. People actually get access to clean water. People actually get to stop walking miles for a little bit of water. Their lives actually change. You actually change the world.
Would you help?
Go to PayPal.com, click “Send Money” and enter my email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your selected donation.
For those of you who wonder why I am riding my bicycle across America this summer, I don’t think I could put it any better than this:
"I contend that a Christian sense of justice is one shaped by the Christian story. And that means that a Christian sense of justice is shaped by love of God and love of others instead of a Western, individualized, and modernist concept of freedom and rights. Lesslie Newbigin spoke about the supposedly self-evident truth that ‘every human being has an equal right to the pursuit of happiness. What this affirms,’ he continued, ‘is the right to the pursuit of happiness, not to the pursuit of the end for which humans, as a matter of fact, exist.’ We might have rights for happiness, but what makes humans happy is not determined necessarily by having those rights. We need to ask again what a Christian theory of justice looks like."
"Pentecost is both justification and judgment. In this one act at Pentecost (1) the people of God, in God’s act of justifying and making his judgment clear, receive the power of the Holy Spirit to create a community wherein the will of God can be done, and (2) that new community creation is at the same time a judgment on the unjust rulers of this world.”