Community of the Risen

Wes Ellis on Change

There is so much more growing to be done. Ultimately, it’s not about achieving the right social status or arriving at the right state of contentment. It’s about crying out for the truly unfamiliar and utterly transcendent kingdom of God, seeking to grow into citizens of God’s reign–a future reality which visits us even now in the resurrected Christ. Do not fear the unfamiliar, perfect love casts out fear.

I really look up to old men who do this.

Trash and Garbage

Garbology: Our Dirty Affair With Trash

Sounds like an interesting read:

“Our willingness to part with something before it is completely worn out is a phenomenon noticeable in no other society in history…it is soundly based on our economy of abundance. It must be further nurtured even though it runs contrary to one of the oldest inbred laws of humanity, the law of thrift” (59).

eBooks: Artificially High?

When are they going to lower the cost of eBooks? Yeah, I’m talking about those books that require no machines to bind together and no shipping trucks to get to your door.

The Interesting Problem of the Middle Class

I was reading this article on The Guardian’s website.  The most interesting part to me was the ending, where Jonathan Haidt said:

In sum, the left has a tendency to place caring for the weak, sick and vulnerable above all other moral concerns. It is admirable and necessary that some political party stands up for victims of injustice, racism or bad luck. But in focusing so much on the needy, the left often fails to address – and sometimes violates – other moral needs, hopes and concerns. When working-class people vote conservative, as most do in the US, they are not voting against their self-interest; they are voting for their moral interest. They are voting for the party that serves to them a more satisfying moral cuisine. The left in the UK and USA should think hard about their recipe for success in the 21st century.

This seems very Benjamin Franklinesque.  The republicans brand themselves as on the side of the rich as an aid to help create a better economy, while democrats brand themselves as the party of equity and fair play.  Both parties, however, seem to be getting a lot of money from big business…

Hybrid Cars and Hybrid Education

I think we need a hybrid education system that is serious about combining the aspects of computer literacy for some distance learning combined with in class sessions with highly qualified teachers to supplement the distance learning.

‎”I say that you cannot administer a wicked law impartially. You can only destroy. You can only punish. I warn you that a wicked law, like cholera, destroys everyone it touches — its upholders as well as its defiers.” -Jerome Lawerence.

Perhaps Floridians can use this quote to think about their laws?

Funny how the Scopes Trial is still relevant today in so many ways other than evolution.


I don’t like either side of the Trayvon murder case.

You don’t carry guns to solve problems.

At the same time, you don’t slam peoples heads in the sidewalk.

People just need to mind their own business.

Clause 5

From Living in the Kingdom on the Trayvon murder case and Senator Rush’shoodie debacle

The invitation of Palm Sunday is an invitation to solidarity with the poor and the oppressed, an invitation to “the things that lead to peace.” Such an act as standing for a victim of injustice over against the authority of a State which refuses to concede its authority is very much in the spirit of Palm Sunday and Holy Week. To say, in essence, “if we are silent, even the rocks will cry out… that’s how serious this is” in the face of an empire which demands silence and denial for the preservation of its own power is often an act of discipleship. Jesus said, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 CEB) Getting reprimanded and escorted away every once in a while should come as no surprise.

I disagree.

Senator Rush was not escorted out for speaking in the face of “empire.”

He was escorted out because “clause 5” that says you can’t wear hats. I’m sure Senator Rush was aware of this “prohibition” and knew what kind of media blitz he could create by wearing a hoodie in congress.

This is far different than being a “victim of injustice.”


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