March Madness – Round 1 Day 2

Time for Day 2’s matchups of the first round

The Writers

7 – Teresa Blythe – 50 Ways to Pray
We are being invited by God to look at our lives as they are, not as we would like them to be. Therefore, whatever is real to us is what we bring to contemplation and awareness before God. It need not be something high and mighty or a matter of only the gravest concern. It need only be what is real to us right now.”

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2 – Tony Jones – Did God Kill Jesus?
“God’s power, it turns out, comes in God’s willingness to relinquish power. God saves the world through submission to the point of solidarity with human weakness. Jesus’ final teaching to his disciples was to wash their feet and then tell them to go and do likewise, to act as servants to the world. Too often, Christians have done just the opposite.”

Church Voices

6 – Tony Campolo
“Nothing is more dangerous than to live out the will of God in today’s contemporary world. It changes your whole monetary lifestyle…Let me put it quite simply: If Jesus had $40,000 and knew about the kids who are suffering and dying in Haiti, what kind of car would he buy?”

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3 – Jim Wallis
“But what does it mean to be on God’s side? I believe it starts with focusing on the common good – not just in politics, but in all the decisions we make in our personal, family, vocational, financial, communal, and, public lives. That old but always new ethic simply says we must care for more than just ourselves or our own group. We must care for our neighbor as well, and for the health of the life we share with one another. It echoes a very basic tenet of Christianity and other faiths – love your neighbor as yourself – still the most transformational ethic in history.”

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