top3 for February 19, 2021

Before you start your weekend, here are a few things that caught my attention this week. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

#1

I very frequently get the question, ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’  I almost never get the question: ‘What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?’ And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important

– Jeff Bezos

While it feels that so much of our world is changing, the church can take great comfort in the fact that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God is the only certainty in an uncertain world. Therefore, the people of God are uniquely qualified to not only answer the question but to offer a helping hand through it.

What won’t change in the next 10 years?

As I’ve already mentioned, God is not about to change. Nor is our God-given mission of making disciples. In ten years, and beyond, we will continue to need to be involved in justice and mercy for all people. And the desire to belong in a community to support and be supported is not going away.

#2

“afterlife of slavery”: limited access to health care and education, premature death, incarceration, and impoverishment — the “skewed life chances” that Black people still face, and the furious desire for freedom that comes with them. ‘Did slavery ever really end?’

 How Saidiya Hartman Retells the History of Black Life

The above quote is very similar to what Ibram X. Kendi says in his book Stamped from the Beginning below. Slaves were rightfully concerned that Lincoln’s emancipation declaration would lead to a different kind of injustice and enslavement. Both of these quotes remind us that the fight for equality must continue. May we not let our guard down and think the job is done when the facts and data show that disparity remains and in some ways is accelerating.

Don’t free us only to enslave us in other ways. Don’t think the job is done when we can walk away from the plantation. We need ability to have jobs, education, economic viability, equality in the marketplace, government, and townsquare. Until that is achieve we have traded one form of slavery for another.

#3

What I want to say, countering the devil, is that in order to read the Scriptures adequately and accurately, it is necessary at the same time to live them.

Eugene Peterson from Eat this Book

Our discipleship intensive groups give me a hard time for liking this book so much. It is routinely one of the books least liked…and I’ll just assume least read too!🙂 But it is full of great wisdom and the above quote is one of them.

You can’t understand apart from doing Scripture. I know my grammar is lacking there, but you hopefully get the point. Jesus did not say go and make students rather he said go and make disciples. Now…learning is part of being a disciple for sure! But it is the means and not the end game of discipleship.

One question I routinely ask myself when reading Scripture is this – What is this Scripture calling me to do? It has been really helpful to open my life up to the possibility that God’s word may very well be speaking into something in real time. I almost come to expect it or at least am not so surprised as often.