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Month: February, 2013

Guest blog today – “What Would Siri Do?”

What Would Siri Do?

Siri

By: Mitchell Roush

A couple of weeks ago I got an iPhone 4s (I know I’m about 14 months late to the party, whatever), thus upgrading from my smart-phone-want-to-be that had been on its last leg since October.  Among all the bells-and-whistles that come with the iconic apple product, so far the most entertaining pass-time has been finally having my own personal Siri.  For my fellow members of the iPhone cult, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Finally, Google has a voice!  Figuring things out is even more convenient than it was before!  Naturally, this got me thinking.  I posed this question to myself:

To what lengths will I go to make my life more “convenient”?

Safe to say as a society, we’ve never been surrounded or distracted by more noise from the world than now.  The irony is that no other generations have been so enamored with multitudes of “time-wasters” at their finger tips than my generation and the ones behind me.  Result:  We’ve become more bored and complacent than any generation before us. Perhaps the key isn’t desperately desiring entertainment at all moments of the day–but rather devoting oneself to regular time of UN-plugging and substantial, real human interaction.

I’m not highlighting this just to climb on a soap-box.  My hope is by illuminating these tendencies we’ll feel compelled to come back to the heart of the matter:  We are meant for more.  If church is going to make her potential a reality, we must change the paradigm of which we view the world.  This is a great place to start,

 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…”
  (Matthew 5 : 3 – 10, NIV)

At the end of the day, God’s not going to ask about your “Religious Views” on your Facebook page.

He won’t ask you how many times your quote of John 3:16 got Re-Tweeted.

Siri won’t be able to simplify your faith.

We must be ready to live out this simple truth:  It’s not about me—it’s about us.  If the church is going to take that on as her mission, we must be ready for the Holy Spirit to interrupt our convenience and call us to better things.

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Too Good Not to Share

In his book, “To Own a Dragon,” Donald Miller shares this insight concerning thinking about God as a Father.

“There is a part of me, and I think it is a growing part, that believes if I submit to God, read the Bible and obey his commands, and also talk to Him about stuff going on in my life, in His own ways, He is fathering me toward maturity.

And there is something profoundly humbling about knowing God. I’m not talking about the trinket God or the genie-in-a-lamp God, I mean the God who invented the tree in my front yard, the beauty of my sweetheart, the taste of a blueberry, the violence of a river at flood. I think there are a lot of religious trends that would have us controlling God, telling us that if we do this and that and another, God will jump through our hoops like a monkey. But this other God, this real God, is awesome and strong, all-encompassing and passionate, and for reasons I will never understand, He wants to Father us.”

I just really thought that was worth sharing!