take up your cross before your crown.

Everything

I mean, if the church getting things wrong and hurting people and not living up to the Gospel could destroy the Gospel, it would have been destroyed long before it was handed off to us to have our turn at getting it wrong.

We Christians have done our best to kill this thing and yet here it still is. The Church of Jesus Christ has survived papal corruption, the crusades, sectarianism, toothy TV preachers and clown ministry. And it will survive us too. The power of the death and resurrection of Jesus will not be nullified by the church’s inability to live up to the promise of life and life abundant.

Because God’s ability to make things right is always more powerful than our ability to get things wrong.

-NBW


Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2014/09/a-sermon-on-who-to-trust-us-or-jesus/#ixzz3CklEvdZK

Watch John Oliver’s Take on Ferguson and the Police

Educate yourself, laugh a bit, and then feel the weight of how fcked up this whole situation is.

Tips For Being An Unarmed Black Teen

"Try to see it from a police officer’s point of view: You may be unarmed, but you’re also black."

I always cringe when people tell me white ignorance is harmless at best. #ferguson #handsupdontshoot

Stephen Colbert is an amazing human being. This is a more serious video, def not the same line as Colbert Report, but big props to Colbert for being candid and speaking from the heart.

As a follow up: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/6-times-stephen-colbert-got-serious-about-faith

my **favorite** was when he stood up in front of Congress and defended immigration reform because he felt that’s what Christ would have done.

#christiansinthemainstream #redeem

In general, people are not drawn to perfection in others. People are drawn to shared interests, shared problems, and an individual’s life energy. Humans connect with humans. Hiding one’s humanity and trying to project an image of perfection makes a person vague, slippery, lifeless, and uninteresting.

Robert Glover (via mirroir)

no lie.

(Source: psych-quotes, via iluanyways)

ever want to read a book so badly, but you def want the paperback and not the kindle version. but you can’t wait for shipping so you consider buying the kindle version. but you can’t write on kindle versions so you go back to thinking about ordering the book. and then you plan out what you’ll do in the coming days so you won’t think about how long it takes to arrive. but the kindle version is cheaper. but you can highlight and write “damn, this is so good” or “good use of imagery and shit” in the paperback. what if you don’t feel like reading anymore when it arrives?! what then. tell me.

#realstruggle #books