Spring. Lent. Peter and tents. Preston and bees. And more
Check out the links below, or go to https://www.themissionplace.org/allthatsholybluecollar/ to review the lists of books, articles, music, movies, and other resources. Some of these might be great as worship resources, but more likely, ways to expand our imaginations.
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Why is this the “entry point”/transition in to Lent?
Divinity gazing at humanity gazing at divinity (Mutual gaze of humanity and divinity)
Was Peter an idiot? OR a genius?
Why ashes? Why the forehead? Why is it an “imposition of ashes”? Who does it?
What is said?
Focused on sin or focused on humility and mortality?
Many associations, which to focus on?
40-days in the wilderness or 40-years in the exodus?
Fasting as refraining from, or clearing time and appetite to be able to engage with?
Transfiguration Sunday - March 3, 2019
Exodus 34:29-35 Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)
Ash Wednesday - March 6, 2019
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 51:1-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
First Sunday in Lent - March 10, 2019
Second Sunday in Lent - March 17, 2019
Third Sunday in Lent - March 24, 2019
Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalm 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9
Resources for Ash Wednesday and Transfiguration
The Transfiguration (13th c. Byzantine Gospel book, unknown artist)
Luke 9:28-34 (Spiritual Paintings of Chris Cook, a Southern Artist)
“TeenVogue reports the Resistance Prays is "on a mission to reclaim religion from political conservatives who so often use it as a cover for their restrictive laws... Each installment includes news of the day, related scripture, interpretation, prayer, and an action item."
Prayer and Politiks
What is “Politiks”? We know about prayer, right? But politiks?
The term is excerpted from the German word Realpolitik, coined in the nineteenth century to refer to the merging of enlightened political ideals with pragmatic realities. Real: realistic, based on actual history and material facts. Politik: politics.
AOC, It’s time to pay serious attention to TikTok
Users today are engaged in the culture wars on Twitter (ban the Nazis! protect free speech!), while YouTubers are gaming the algorithm with hateful, exploitive, dangerous and otherwise questionable content that freaks out advertisers. And Facebook is, well, contributing to war crimes and the toppling of democracy….Meanwhile, TikTok often presents an alternative version of online sharing. Simple, goofy, irreverent — and frankly, it’s a much needed reset.
If You're Often Angry Or Irritable, You May Be Depressed
“Many people — including physicians — associate depression with feelings of hopelessness, sadness and a lack of motivation or concentration, but not anger. Some researchers say that's a problem, given that there appears to be a strong link between irritability and depression.”
Transfiguration: A Meditation on Transforming Ourselves and Our World, by John Dear
Spiritual leader and peace activist John Dear guides readers on the path to finding peace within, and bringing harmony to a world torn by hatred and violence, through following in the footsteps of Jesus. John Dear’s efforts on behalf of social justice and world peace have won him international admiration and spurred features in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s All Things Considered, USA TODAY, and the National Catholic Reporter. Seen by many to be the spiritual heir to the Berrigan brothers, Dear believes that the key to the spiritual life is not just finding inner peace, but also bringing that peace to bear on the outside world. In this work, Dear uses the Gospel account of the Transfiguration, inviting readers to shape their lives along the story of Jesus and to continue his mission of love and peace.
Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo at Amazon
Pray to God!: A Book about Prayer, written by Kristen McCurry & illustrated by Jennifer Hilton
Pete the Cat: Snow Daze, by James Dean
As a theme for Ash Wednesday, often introspection, repentance, or mortality are often highlighted. Yet another theme is humility. Recognizing we are made of dust and ash. What are some movies about humility or gentle strength.
Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, this movie chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and the town's basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory.
"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life".
To Kill a Mockingbird - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592/characters/nm0676349?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t6
Humble Scout and Atticus Finch seek to save Boo Radley and Tom Robinson
Forrest Gump - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/?ref_=ttls_li_tt
Watching history unfold from the active influence and perspective of a man with an IQ of 75.
Music (check the podcast playlist at Spotify: ATHBCP: Lent)
Sufjan Stevens, The Transfiguration
Gerard Ray, Hazy Shade of Winter
The Brilliance, Dust we are and shall return
Episode 3.10 IN WHICH OUR HOSTS DISCOVER THEIR SIGNATURE SOUND
We’re still in one of the longest seasons after Epiphany, but it is not too soon to think about Ash Wednesday coming up, and the season of Lent. There’s all kinds of symbolism and tradition mixed in with this season.
Also, baseball begins (https://www.springtrainingonline.com/reporting-dates/).
Baseball is coming, pitchers and catcher report in a couple of weeks. Time to remember why baseball is better than football with George Carlin’s: Baseball vs Football https://youtu.be/aIkqNiBASfI
Craig’s pretty happy with the two new tunes being sung in his congregation for worship. Walls, by Tommy Emmanuel https://youtu.be/MLhXnquvH6I; and God is not a white man, by Gungor https://youtu.be/-WybvhRu9KU
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Episode 3.9 in which our hosts demonstrate that they don’t edit
Cody and Craig try to figure out the deep mysteries of life (including the sound recording feature on Zoom) but give up and talk about music, God, food, sports, and life. And the extended Holy Season which continues through the Super Bowl.
Check out the links on the episode page, or go to https://www.themissionplace.org/allthatsholybluecollar/ to review the lists of books, articles, music, movies, and other resources. Some of these might be great to worship resources, but more likely, ways to expand our imaginations.
You might think we talk about God and the bible to help preachers find something to talk about.
Reality is, most preachers don’t need help finding something to talk about.
Sometimes we need less to talk about. But, the scriptures are not just for preachers and teachers to talk about. Rather, how does the bible affect family life, business and consumer choices, and how we lead our institutions and organizations. Really, we’re trying to pull the bible out of the preacher’s hands and get the wisdom of church seasons, cycles of scripture readings, and the stories and rituals of faith in to all our hands.
With episode co-host and interviewee, Sarah Jackson of Casa De Paz, Denver, Colorado.
We blathered and yacked (verb, past tense: trivial or unduly persistent conversation) about some of the following topics and ideas in the podcast. But for the most part, we got to know Sarah Jackson and life at Casa De Paz. Please look at the following links to learn about Casa de Paz and support the compassionate work of hospitality are hope.
As we get ready to jump into Epiphany, we look at the key themes of the season and grab onto an idea that helps us frame our conversations around the season.
Of the many themes that arise in the lectionary texts for this year in the lectionary, the epiphany theme of “revealing” and of “unveiling” emerge. That which is being revealed is the light of God in Jesus of Nazareth. With each week, a new story unveils a previously unseen aspect of God-with-us.
If you are not ready by now, well, I have news for you. It’s going to happen anyway. Christmas, once again, is sneaking up and ready to start. Yes. I said start. For many, Christmas Day feels like a finish line. For some, the finish line feels like relief that all the plans, purchases, and demands will now fade so that normal life may again resume.
Please, don’t leave Christmas so soon. We have twelve days to let the idea of hope, peace, joy, and love sink in a bit. For some, there are days of from work. For others, there are days off from school. And for some, there are no days off at all. So lengthen out the season, so that when Epiphany comes along on January 6th, Christmas can lift you into a season of seeing God show up in the simple and the subtle.
We go to the school of love with our special co-host, The Outlaw Theologian of Love, a.k.a. Dr Thomas Jay Oord. Tom helps us understand the broader theological themes of love and the different types of love described in the Bible. As we go through the lectionary texts for Advent Week 4, Tom helps us see themes of love in selected texts.
We talk more about Advent, focusing on the readings and themes of Week Two. The second week of Advent often chooses peace as the theme around which to interpret the scripture. But, we note, these are cries of the underdogs who seek justice. Though peace sounds peaceful, this kind of peace may be unsettling. We also discuss two movies and three songs to help expand you Advent imagination. And soccer.
Codemaster Cody and Crash-test Craig decided to record their conversation.
After about two years of talking about podcasting and planning podcast episodes, we just decided to record.
So here it is.
What is different this time around:
It is just us on this recording. If we can get Christina to join us, or Justin, we’d be thrilled.
We are planning interviews, but there are not any on this episode.
Editing is a slow process and a pain in the neck. So we are playing around with technology that will shorten the time from recording to posting. The edits will be rough, or non-existent.
We will be talking about the themes and rhythms of the church year beginning with Advent this December.
Also, Craig introduces a new podcast he is developing based on stories about the church which may leave us flummoxed. If you have a story, happy or sad, funny or serious, humbling or heroic, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org as an audio file. Use the recording app on your phone, Apple VoiceMemo, on Andriod Voice Recorder, or whatever you have.
See you next week.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
There is such a thing. There is a week during which appreciation to truck drivers is to be shown. This year (we just missed it, barely), Truck Driver Appreciation week went from September 11-17, 2016. Remember it! If you missed it this year, put it on your calendar and be ready for 2017. Just think, without these transportation officials, we'd have a tough time getting ice cream, beer, dog food, toilet paper, shoe laces, coffee, tires...... To learn more about National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, head to the America Trucking Association website
For this edition of Unpolished & Incomplete, Cody interviews a truck driver- because, what's more blue collar than that? In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week last week, Cody spoke with his own father, Mark Stauffer, a 40 year veteran of the industry who has logged nearly 3 million miles on the road. Listen as they talk the pressure of being an entrepreneur on the road; balancing days on the road with family and civic obligations; knowing when it's time to make a change; growing up and raising a family in VERY remote rural Idaho, and a whole lot more. We appreciate truck drivers at the All That's Holy Blue Collar Podcast, who keep the nation moving!