Shane Claiborne – “Irresistible Revolution” – Chapter 5

To support some of the many dangers that Christianity provokes amongst people, Christians have been more vocal about their hatred for religion, but their vast love for God. It is so often that people confuse God and religion (includes the church), with being on the same spectrum. With “God [being] everywhere… places cannot be God…

Shane Claiborne – “Irresistible Revolution” – Chapters 3 & 4

It is noted that Jonathan Sachs, Martin Luther King Jr, and Shane Claiborne all desired the act of Justice in the eyes of God. Although Sachs was primarily focused on the Judaist faith, Martin Luther King was fighting for racial equality, and Sachs was in search of Christianity, they each saw the necessity of justice…

Day 2 on the Throne

As i sit and write today, I can’t stop thinking about Part 4 of “Eyes on the Prize”, that we just watched. it’s amazing how determined and unified the African American community became under the pressures of injustice. When asked if there were any comments, all I could feel tears welling up in my eyes….

Shane Claiborne – “Irresistible Revolution” Chapters 1 & 2

To read Shane Claiborne’s alteration from “spiritually starving” to a “holy mischief” is a self-transforming story (Claiborne 38, 61). Growing up within a church home that emphasized Christianity, by “entertain[ing]… with quirky songs and Velcro walls” was essentially debilitating him from recognizing whom Christ truly is and His calling for His people (38). Shane accounts the numerous…

Jonathan Sachs – The Ethics of Responsibility

In Jonathan Sach’s, The Ethics of Responsibility, he carefully analyzes the Judaist faith and their perspective of community, justice, and God and how each of them relates to the other. Sach begins by describing God’s (also known as the “ultimate Other”) desire for knowledge. As our “strategic intervener [and] teacher”, he also emphasizes the importance…

Gustafson – The Moral Conditions for Necessary for Human Community

Immersed in a community of progression is what the Gathering Place offered me. “The Gathering Place is a community-based student leadership development organization that has served the youth of the southeast since 1981. Annually, The Gathering Place reaches thousands of Middle School, High School and College age students through a variety of programs such as…

Tocqueville – Democracy in America

 Imagine a playground of children. Many are running around, tussling with the dirt, mulch, rocks, and various other things, and playing games with their friends. As you look around, you spot Johnny playing by himself. Why is that? In this particular situation with little Johnny, the idea that “individualism proceeds from erroneous judgment more than…

First Day on the Throne

January 9, 2017 “The Sofa Hinge” As the sun shines directly upon my body, I am feeling so blessed because it is a chilling 30 degrees. Growing up in Southeast Georgia, I haven’t been able to get acclimated to this “frigid” weather. In addition to the sun’s radiant glow, my eyes are thankful for the…

de Waal- Getting Along [Sense of Community]

After witnessing the heated quarrel between two chimpanzees, Dr. Frans de Waal comes to recognize that, in the grand scheme of things, the idea of being completely self-sufficient is not the intended way of life. Waal notes that, “the common view of aggression as the expression of an internal drive, or a sign of frustration,…