Just worship

“I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want? I want justice-oceans of it. I want fairness-rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.” Amos 5:21-24

(HT ChurchCreate)

goosebumps & justice (advent reflections) :: 2.45

adventbaby

this week we get our wives involved in our advent reflections :: goosebumps & justice.

we hope you take the time to listen but even more — reflect in silence — the birth of the King of Light, Justice, Peace, Word and Love.

what does it mean to you this year? what do you think it met to the people of Israel roughly 2,000 years ago? how will it affect you tomorrow?

related ::
laurie’s blog
laurie on twitter
olwyn on facebook
avril’s blog
avril on twitter
download the script

music ::
so elated – zechariah and the least expected places
sojourn – o come, o come emmanuel
adeline – the peasant king
so elated – come thou long expected jesus
sojourn – let justice roll (live)
shawn mcdonald – hallelujah

justice friday

today (and every friday) is justice friday on the web…

what is it? it is a day that different people “tweet” about, blog about, facebook about, and generally raise awareness for all sorts of justice issues. from human trafficking to malaria, all sorts of justice issues are raised, with the end goal of generating awareness and action. the point is not just to share statistics, the point is to help other people understand the great justice issues of our day, and how they can respond and act to bring justice.

you can get involved in a couple of ways:

  1. follow the action by searching the hashtag #justicefriday on twitter – read the tweets. (here’s how hashtags work…)
  2. tweet, blog, update your facebook status and also retweet (repost) stats, info, and facts about your favorite justice issues. do you have a favorite organization like the IJM or not for sale or compassion? follow them on twitter and retweet their info for the rest of us! there are lots of ways to get involved. remember to use the #justicefriday hashtag.

what injustices are you passionate about? what would you like to see your friends and family and others become more aware of and involved in?

HT to exagorazo for the info.

Heather’s story

heather's story

I’d love to share this story at some point as part of our actual podcast but I figure — why wait? It’s already out there for everyone to listen to, download, listen, share it and talk about it. It’s worth it.

Pastor Ryan shares ::

Our God is a God of Justice and I believe once we understand that, we will no longer be okay with the things that aren’t okay…

…Another thing that’s been pressing on me lately is just how relentless God is. He wants us and He will stop at nothing to reach us. So often our arms are jammed so tightly into our sides that we won’t let Him embrace us, but He doesn’t quit. He doesn’t give up on us. Ever.

That was evident with Heather’s story as she shared it with our body last weekend.

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