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What’s Going on ( or not going on…) January 30, 2007

Posted by amberpeace in Uncategorized.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my Christ and Culture class. This is a capstone seminar I’ve been looking forward to since my freshman year. Now, as a senior, I finally have the privilege of taking the class.

30th of Jan Readings and Artwork

Psalm 10 Amos 5:6-24 Matthew 5:13-16 Romans 12:1-2 Revelation 3:14-22
Biography of Francis D’Assisi

Francis Preaching to the Birds by Giotto

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort,
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger,
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears,
To shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness,
To believe that you can make a difference in this world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done.


The conversations in class have been centering about the question of can we be Christians within the society we live. Some people in class are saying we are to live starkly different because of our belief in Christ. Others say that we can’t look too different, or we won’t be able to relate to others. This was followed by WHY are we doing things different, what are our motives?

Most agreed that our reason was because of the “grace and love” of Christ Jesus. It was pointed out by Dr Kennesson that God’s love for us can never decrease or increase, so if our motive is for God to love us more, then it’s a pointless motive. Instead it is our love for Him and our desire to move towards a transformation that would cause us to do good and sinless. The question then was asked, “What about the grace?” This is asked because if we are saved by grace and not in any way by self, then why even try to be good. I told the class that once Ethan Magness, a Faculty kid and former youth minister at my church, said that

Grace is not God accepting you as your are, but what you will be come.

A good view of grace.



1. Mills - February 1, 2007

Yup, since right before Christmas! Check out the rest of my blog posts! 🙂

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