6/23/2018

6/23/2018

the silent wave

OK, so the month of May sort of slipped out the door underneath my nose.  Most of June did pretty much the same thing, to the point where even my partner was asking me “when was the last time you even blogged on Silent Wave?”

And I had to take a moment to check.

Oops.  ❤

So, I’ll take my current Insomniac Attack to catch up on things.

Everything happens for a reason, and all that.

So anyway, the first quarter of the degree program I mentioned in one of my more “recent” posts had indeed stolen my writing muse.  The program itself will involve a lot of writing, and I’m only just beginning, so all I can say for now is that I will do my very best not to let this blog get too dormant over the next couple of years.  (I’m still on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum…

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Choosing the Gospel Over Nationalism (repost)

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With the recent debate about how to handle families including children at the US border, I want to spend a few days reposting some old blog posts I wrote for Progressive Redneck Preacher about immigration. Hope they bless you!

Micah

stephen-barnwell-empire-of-america-moneyIn a previous post, I shared about how both Democratic and Republican administrations have failed to live up fully to the call of Scripture to welcome the immigrant, refugee, or displaced person as if in them they welcome Christ.  And so we must really be willing to take on a critical stance not only to those of whatever political parties and viewpoints oppose us (in my case, not just criticizing political conservatives), but let our faith and values critique the political and social groups that feel like our tribe.   For Christians, this means letting the Gospel of Christ, not political allegiance, be our standard.  It means seeing our ultimate allegiance…

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Week in the Word: Can You Hear Me Now?

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hanks chapel easter

This is the message I preached on Sunday, June 17,  at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC, for our Homecoming Service.   I hope it blesses you!  If you find yourself in or near Pittsboro, please join us!   Hanks Chapel has Sunday school at 9 AM, with worship beginning at 10 AM, and is located at 190 Hanks Chapel Loop, Pittsboro, NC.

Luke 6:12-16
12 Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas son of James, and…

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A Different Form of Emerald

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A flash of a green fortune will take a good moment to its place. Letting that drop of a green jewel come to its lovely detail. Like watching the sun sets again and once more. It can be looked at like a symbol of charm. Considering that green beauty shine through.

The velvet item is an emerald. Looking through it to discover that green item shine through. Spark up the eyes of an emerald. Setting a pure applause when you see it clearly. It’s like a smooth impression.

Keeping the gloss of an emerald can live that moment. Crossing over to a lovely Emerald City. Experiencing it in that delighted way. Feeling like a dreamy song. That emerald twist will never be the same.

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Face It, We Worship a Refugee & Immigrant God. (repost)

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With the recent debate about how to handle families including children at the US border, I want to spend a few days reposting some old blog posts I wrote for Progressive Redneck Preacher about immigration. Hope they bless you!

Micah

jesus-refugeeI recently shared about the many texts which speak to the experience of displaced people, immigrants, migrants, and the many who face threat due to some federal actions going on here in America.   These actions are not just being taken in America alone, but similar moves to exclude and put up barriers to displaced people are going on throughout the Western world, as people respond in fear to the movements of refugees fleeing for their lives.

For those of us who claim to be people of faith, particularly people of the Book – which Jews, Christians, and Muslims all claim to be – this is deeply ironic.  In a real and…

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Shepherding All God’s Creatures Has A New Site!

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This blog post is being written to specifically introduce our new website!!  All of the articles that we have written have been transferred; all new content will now be written and published from the new site.

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How we Treat Immigrants and Refugees — a Black and White Issue in our Faith. (repost)

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With the recent debate about how to handle families including children at the US border, I want to spend a few days reposting some old blog posts I wrote for Progressive Redneck Preacher about immigration. Hope they bless you!

Micah

refugeeI am writing on the heels of an amazing conference here in my new home of Durham, NC.  Duke University Divinity School sponsored a gathering called “Loving Your Neighbor”, a conference about involvement in the Sanctuary movement.

The Sanctuary movement is a faith-based movement where communities of faith such as churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples, are set aside as “safe spaces” for immigrants, refugees, and folks seeking asylum of all sorts, including those who are undocumented.  The event was planned before the swearing in of Republican President Donald Trump but seemed prophetically timed, as it occurred just immediately following his making executive orders and memorandums targeted at immigrants and refugees.

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