March Madness – Last Day of Round 1!

Here are the last match ups for round 1. Who will make it to the sweet 16?!

The Writers

1 – Rachel Held Evans
“If you are looking for verses with which to support slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to abolish slavery, you will find them. If you are looking for verses with which to oppress women, you will find them. If you are looking for for verses with which to liberate or honor women, you will find them. If you are looking for reasons to wage war, you will find them. If you are looking for reasons to promote peace, you will find them. If you are looking for an out-dated, irrelevant ancient text, you will find it. If you are looking for truth, believe me, you will find it. This is why there are times when the most instructive question to bring to the text is not “what does it say?”, but “what am I looking for?” I suspect Jesus knew this when he said, “ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.” If you want to do violence in this world, you will always find the weapons. If you want to heal, you will always find the balm.”

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8 – William Willimon
“That many ministers base their ministry on models of leadership uncritically borrowed from the latest fads in businesses leadership or therapeutic practices is yet another testimony to our failure to believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, thus radically changing the world.”

Church Voices

7 – Dan Kimball
“In emerging worship the sermon is more of an invitation to Kingdom living rather than focused on the five steps for this or that wrapped up with clean applicaiton points. Sermons are applicable by their nature if we’re speaking about Kingdom living as a disciple, but the emerging approach to sermons is telling the story of God and inviting others into that story instead of outlining propositional principles out of the Bible and turning them into sermon application points.”

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2- Amy Butler
“And now we find ourselves living in a political climate where every single day we are hearing of policies that exploit and destroy those who are weak, vulnerable, and different.  And the message of the gospel—that we claim to follow—will not allow for us to stay silent.Perhaps, with me, you are feeling the witness and presence of so many who have gone before us, even in this place, and asking similar questions to those of my friend: “What do we do with fear?  That keeps me up at night.  I am wondering what my limits will be—how will we get through this?”Here’s what we will do: we will do what Jesus’ first followers and every faithful follower since then has done.  We will feel ourselves overcome by fear, but we will then fix our gaze on Jesus alone and allow our fear to be overcome by faith.  And then we’ll turn and walk down the mountain into the darkness of Lent, toward the reality of the cross, and in the way that leads toward life.”

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