Still at FFW. (Ah, the joy of pre-scheduled posts...) ~
Gymnast Johanna Quaas -- YouTube
95 Tweets against Hell -- Two Friars and a Fool
I love the friars, and this is a tweeting tour de force:
#95Tweets #E1: Eternal Hell is not in any way restorative – it eternally severs relationship and eternally prevents redemption
#95Tweets #E2: In fact, eternal Hell is the teaching that there are people and things that can never be redeemed, even by God
#95Tweets #E3: Eternal Hell is vengeance made infinite, and is therefore even less noble than vengeance
#95Tweets #E4: Eternal Hell lacks the sole moral underpinning of punishment, which is correction
How to Store Fruits, Vegetables and Eggs without a Fridge -- Improvised Life
Such ingenuity and simple beauty in this approach.
Walking the Tightrope: Thoughts on Vulnerability and Hurt -- Brene Brown
Brene is one of my heroes. With this post, she takes a stand: she will no longer write articles for venues that don't moderate their comments or have some basic controls in place to keep the discussion civil.
Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy -- YouTube
My friend Todd passed this along: why the first follower is just as (more?) important than the leader. Good stuff and a joy to watch:
A Congregation of Theological Coherence -- Alban Institute
I really like the idea of a congregation having a common theological vocabulary:
This pastor leads a congregation that is sturdy. It isn’t likely to be the focus of a church growth study, or make the cover of Time during Holy Week. However, it is a congregation that makes a difference in people’s lives. The parking lot is full during the week. The lights are on in the evening. Membership numbers are steady.
Several conditions enhance a congregation’s ability to address the challenges and opportunities it faces. They include simple yet important realities: use of outside resources to learn new capacities, clergy and laity learning together, and congregations assuming the initiative over their futures.
Another emerging condition we’re observing is theological coherence; the ability to think clearly about God and then act accordingly. A congregation that is clear and consistent about how it understands God, and applies this understanding to its daily life, is more able to deal effectively with challenges and opportunities.
Why Storytellers Lie -- Atlantic Monthly
I've just put Gotschall's book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, on my Goodreads:
When we tell stories about ourselves, they also serve another important (arguably higher) function: They help us to believe our lives are meaningful. "The storytelling mind"—the human mind, in other words—"is allergic to uncertainty, randomness, and coincidence," Gottschall writes. It doesn't like to believe life is accidental; it wants to believe everything happens for a reason. Stories allow us to impose order on the chaos.
And we all concoct stories, Gotschall notes—even those of us who have never commanded the attention of a room full of people while telling a wild tale. "[S]ocial psychologists point out that when we meet a friend, our conversation mostly consists of an exchange of gossipy stories," he writes. "And every night, we reconvene with our loved ones ... to share the small comedies and tragedies of our day."
...Every day of our lives—sometimes with help working things out via tweets or Facebook status updates—we fine-tune the grand narratives of our lives; the stories of who we are, and how we came to be...
...We like stories because, as Gotschall puts it, we are "addicted to meaning"—and meaning is not always the same as the truth.
Have a good weekend, dear readers.