props to armybarmy

The crew at Army Barmy’s blog have posted some cool stuff lately.
Check the Oct 22nd post about a new bible translation bought out in the Netherlands that eliminates passages about economic and social justice, affluence etc.
Apparently "Jesus was very inspiring for our inner health, but we don't need to take his naïve remarks about money seriously. He didn't study economics, obviously."
It makes me want to vomit. But the guy raises a good point- implying says Christians don’t take these verses serious anyway because if we did the world would be a very different place. It is a challenge ay? For Christians to to actually follow Jesus in these areas, not just know him, for sure, the world would be a much different place.

More recently posted was this. Which I love.

A Franciscan Benediction
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world.
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.


JoJo said...

Just followed the links through army barmy and then to ekklesia and found out it's a joke! A group of students have created the 'western Bible' in order to draw attention to the fact that we live as though those bits don't exist anyway but when they're actually not there it doesn't sit right with us.
Phewee. Good idea though eh? I wonder how many people you could give the western Bible too without them even noticing the missing bits. I don't know what I'd ever preach on again if they took Isaiah 58 away!
Also love the benediction. Am cutting and pasting it so it can go in our teams weekly newsletter.

Anonymous said...

Hey, awesome benediction, i think i will copy and paste it.

lucy AR said...

haha, hilarious. i tried to find the original but couldnt, well done sherlocks.

its pretty wicked eh, a creative and efective way of going through everyones bible's, fluro highlighting the radical bits!

by the bay said...

Great Fran. blessing, and its good for us to be reminded of it. Warmest blessings
Eleanor, n/TSSF