Tuesday, June 19, 2007

    Digging Jesus

    Stuart Delony tagged me in a meme. Here's the jist of it:

    1. Those Tagged will share 5 things they dig about Jesus.

    2. Those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers.

    3. Those tagged will provide a link in the comments section here of their meme so that others can read them.

    So, here goes. 5 things I dig about Jesus:

    1) Jesus loved people first. He didn't make his love conditional on what they believed or how they acted who who they hung out with.

    2) Jesus really knew how to tell a story.

    3) Jesus was an introvert, like me (he could handle crowds, but had a small circle of friends and liked to have quiet time away from everyone.)

    4) Jesus pointed us on the way that leads to the center of God's love and peace.

    5) Jesus was a trouble-maker!

    I tag:


    Dan said...

    Sorry, I was away from the PC for a few days. I was tagged by Doug Jones and didn't realize you tagged me, too! Well, thanks for responding anyway.

    So here goes:
    5. I dig the fact that Jesus acted as a prophetic voice, calling out to people on the margins of society and giving them hope and meaning, and calling out to the powers and structures of society giving them much needed critique.

    4. I dig that Jesus understood and craftily used satire. Borg and Crossan compare Jesus' not-so-triumphal-entry parade to the parade of Pilate (The Last Week, p 1-30) and show his entry as a satire, a mocking of sorts, directed to the Roman oppressors.

    3. I dig that although Jesus stood for dramatic social revolution, he did so while continuously rejecting violence in all its forms, even retaliatory violence.

    2. I dig that we don't have any pictures of Jesus. I mean, we all know that Jesus was not a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Swede (the picture that's hanging in most of our churches). But the fact that he lived in a time when cameras were not around gives us the ability to relate Jesus to any society, any people(s), anywhere. Jesus can become real, relevant, and incarnate to all peoples, a task that would be limited if we had pictures. Check out this old article from Popular Mechanics.

    1. I dig that Jesus has confused millions of people over 21 centuries. We keep reading the same words, and we keep misunderstanding. I think Andy Warhol is translucent green with envy.

    Len said...

    Posted mine today.

    1) It will take forever to begin understanding the depth and breadth of who Jesus is.

    2) Jesus always loved and is love.

    3) Jesus didn't just die for the world, he died for me.

    4) Jesus never seemed to be rushed.

    5) Jesus was bold and tender at the appropriate times.