My name is Jeff Slater, I'm a pastor in Hutchinson Kansas. This is a place for me to share stuff.
Posted on 12 September, 2014Reblogged from expatminister
The death of Robin Williams has really messed with me. It’s just so profoundly sad and heartbreaking. But while re-watching many of his interviews and movies, one scene keeps playing in my mind, reminding me of the power of slowly repeating the Truth in love. Remember the famous “It’s not your fault” scene from Good Will Hunting? (Watch it here)
This brilliant scene is profound at a number of levels, but lately it’s been reminding me that we all need to hear the Truth more than once. Slowly, firmly, and with great compassion. Over and over. Reality takes time to seep through our defenses and distractions, and we can’t always hear the beauty of Grace when she first begins whispering.
So as a worship leader, this raises a number of questions…
(1) If most of us need to hear the gentle truth repeated over and over, why do I spend so much time pursing innovation in worship and creative ways to reimagine our liturgy? Why are we so quick to add video content, moving lights, and production value to keep things fresh?
(2) If God often speaks in an easily missed, gentle whisper, why are many of my worship sets so loud? It’s pretty hard to hear a whisper at 110 dbs.
(3) Am I more afraid that people will be bored, or more afraid that I will add to the distraction?
(4) Do my worship liturgies create space for people to hear God whispering over and over, or do I give people one more entertaining opportunity to miss God’s voice?
(5) At the core, is my faith in God or in my ability to lead people to God?
These are easy questions to ask and impossible questions to perfectly answer. But we need to wrestle with them. I certainly do! Which is why the Liturgy continues to capture and mess with me. We gather together to tell the Big Story…over and over, over and over, over and over…until it finally begins to sink in. Slowly and deeply. And in these holy moments, the beautiful Truth God has been graciously whispering to us since the beginning of eternity sneaks past our defenses and into the cracks of our aching hearts. Hallelujah. Thanks be to God. Amen.
May we all learn to have ears to hear what God keeps whispering.
Posted on 2 September, 2014Reblogged from anewliturgy
You shall not steal. Certainly the most misunderstood of all the commandments. It has nothing to do with property and its so-called rights. What ‘You shall not steal’ refers to is stealing men. Taking away their freedom to enslave them.
It is curious irony that in the name of this commandment we have built up a whole theory of the sacredness of possessions, of objects.
A theory that has led to the wholesale enslavement of men- the very thing the commandment in fact denounces.
The slavery of men is, together with violence, the great characteristic of the idolatrous society.
And so the commandments go on to complete the picture of the society that worships the work of men’s hands, where justice is perverted (‘You shall not bear false witness’) and the weak are the victims of rapacity and covetousness.
The idolatrous society thus presents two faces: on the one hand it is a religious society with great respect for the traditional ways; it will be a society in which patriotism is highly valued and in which there is much concern for the country’s heritage. On the other hand, it will also be a society of institutionalized violence in which brutality and injustice is either hidden or given a mask of legality.
It is important to see that any society may become idolatrous in this way, that in fact every society betrays a built-in tendency to worship the work of men’s hands.
In any society men are liable to find their identity simply in what they themselves have achieved.
The rejection of this is the beginning of the discovery of Yahweh."
Herbert McCabe (via expatminister)
Whoa. There’s some exegesis work in my future probably followed by a sermon.
Posted on 2 September, 2014Reblogged from expatminister
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And claim “biblical authority” and “God’s will for humanity”
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