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How would you compare Christianity as it is understood and practiced in Africa and in North America?

The main difference I see is the difference between a post-Christian American society and a post-Western Christianity rising in Africa and elsewhere. The one is in decline, at least intellectually, and the other is in spate. The taming of Christianity in North America requires very different tools from those required by the conditions favoring expansion in Africa. Christians are not afraid to go to church for prayer and healing when they are ill, for instance, whereas in North America prayers may be said for people who are ill but only in absentia.

Africans trust God for their spiritual, physical, social, and medical needs; Americans don’t.

Christianity Today (via churchfu)

reminds me of haiti a bit

Sufjan Stevens - Vito's Ordination Song
4,463 plays

modestmook:

rest in my arms
sleep in my bed
there’s a design
to what i did and said

love this song on night drives

transtornopoetico:

- Alyssa Monks

mmhm

transtornopoetico:

- Alyssa Monks

mmhm

vivyllons:

The bookstore in my town has a racism section in honor of Ferguson and it gives me a lot of hope


wow what a set up ..I like this idea of specufic current events and books

vivyllons:

The bookstore in my town has a racism section in honor of Ferguson and it gives me a lot of hope

wow what a set up ..I like this idea of specufic current events and books

greatesthungergamesfans:

500daysofsassy:

my brother has been saying to me “have you seen the lenny kravitz scarf picture yet?????????????????????????????” and i always have no idea what he was talking about 

and now ive seen the light

image

he’s here to make an impression

I think kenny is breaking down walls of opression that socially prevent me from wearing blankets in public

elaborateheists:

kristinkemper:

my favorite animal is fat cats
[prints!]


neenuh32

there arent any other options

elaborateheists:

kristinkemper:

my favorite animal is fat cats

[prints!]

neenuh32

there arent any other options

elaborateheists:

134. You or your pet, in period costume, seated on a Game of Thrones-style kale throne. Make it so good that GOT producers would want it as a marketing poster.


this is awesome and I just saw it! such kale!

elaborateheists:

134. You or your pet, in period costume, seated on a Game of Thrones-style kale throne. Make it so good that GOT producers would want it as a marketing poster.

this is awesome and I just saw it! such kale!

In the Christian tradition, detachment from material goods means using them as a means to a greater end, and the greater end is greater attachment to God and to our fellow human beings. Inconsumerism, detachment means standing back from all people, times, and places, and appropriating our choices for private use. Consumerism supports an essentially individualistic view of the human person, in which each consumer is a sovereign chooser. In the Christian tradition, the use of material things is meant to be a common use, for the sake of a larger body of people. We do not help each other as individuals but as members of one another.
William T. Cavanaugh
William T. Cavanaugh - Being Consumed: Economics and Christian DesireBeing Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire
(Via Andreas)

reminds me a bit of how in haiti neighbors not only borrowed sugar but didnt necessarily expect sugar back or repayment. it was just kind of understood that everyone shared what they could. that way each person wasnt buying 50 things a community would buy 50 things. during this time of starting to define a household and what that means to matt and I, we are often challenged by the materialistic expectations that are easy to slip into…what do we “need” what can we borrow and what can we live without. Also starting to understand the purposes/values of a household in terms of routines, hospitality, workspace, rest space, form and function, etc.

also have I mentioned that planning a wedding makes you dream of Jumanji sized bees?

3 weeks! nervous for the checklist of things to do but excited for the fun/marriage ahead.

Engraved Zippo lighters from the Vietnam War.

Cowan’s Auctions

duffurnt

torimeansbird:

lalna:

i wanna date someone and live with them in a shitty apartment but be happy about it because we are happy together and we can decorate it with stupid dorky posters of shit we like and figurines and art and we can cook weird recipes we found on the internet and eat them and watch cartoons even if the food is gross because we made it and we’re perfect

Doin it