Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!

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I would love to be celebrating at the Common Root conference, but instead I'm at home reading Justice in the Burbs, and being reminded about grace and unity. Locally, I am looking around me at the various expressions of the Church - downtown cathedrals, sprawling suburbans, a few decaying, and several energetic upstarts - and, I have to say, It Is Good. There is some good stuff going on in our city and some amazing people, in every expression of the Body. And it is good. And it is very good. If you haven't had a chance to visit the Memorials for Donna page, please do (and consider donating $10... I'll kiss you later!).

If the way of Jesus is about anything, it is about love… God entangled in a loving embrace with his creation, seeking to make it whole. If we are to be radical about anything, let it be love. Let us be wreckless in our love – not only for the poor and marginalized and broken, but also for the rich and powerful and proud. Let us embrace a gracious radicalism, that recognizes that the grace of God (which is really God’s gift of himself to the undeserving) is free to all.
~ Mark Van Steenwyk

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