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Tuesdays Thoughts: an Artful Response to 2 Corinthians

Tuesdays Thoughts: an Artful Response to 2 Corinthians

Letters of Paul, meditation, reflection, Scripture
Haiku You are the ones who⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Placed boundaries around love⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Rejecting God's prophets Commentary Based on reading 2 Corinthians 6-7 written by Paul to the Corinthian Church. This commentary is really a brief meditation/reflection from the queer church to the straight church, especially in United Methodist land. I'd like to draw special attention to 2 Corinthian 6:3-10 3 We don’t give anyone any reason to be offended about anything so that our ministry won’t be criticized. 4 Instead, we commend ourselves as ministers of God in every way. We did this with our great endurance through problems, disasters, and stressful situations. 5 We went through beatings, imprisonments, and riots. We experienced hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger. 6 We displayed purity, know...
Tuesday’s Thoughts: An Artful Response

Tuesday’s Thoughts: An Artful Response

bible, Scripture
I am reading 1 Corinthians in Christian scripture or the Greek Testament. I have hit the beginning of Paul's clobber passages. What is a clobber passage? It is a passage that some take to clobber the LGBTQ community and drive us out of the church or to try and get us to not be LGBTQ. But, as you will see, it isn't that easy. We must always be mindful when we read. Whose ideas are we ready? What of our own ideas are we using to put onto the meaning of the author? What is meaning being mediated through? Onward! ... Inspired by 1 Corinthians 5-7 sitting on the throne acting as judge and jury pronouncements of guilt … There is so much in these chapters but they all go together. Starting with chapter 7, that is where the contexting question comes in: "Now, about what you wrote: ...
Mindful Monday: Blame, Self-Pity, and Freedom

Mindful Monday: Blame, Self-Pity, and Freedom

contemplation, inner peace, mindfulness, peace, slavery, spiritual practice, Spirituality
"All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy." -- Wayne Dyer I'm normally not a big Wayne Dyer fan, but he has a point here. We blame our parents, our children, our employers or co-workers, teachers, elected leaders, and others for just how screwed-up our lives have become. We look around, sometimes desperately, for whom to blame for our struggles. Sometimes, even more destructively, we go i...