Posts Tagged ‘Dreams’

Dreaming Disruptively

Monday, October 1st, 2012

In the midst of this series on “Dreams,” it is so easy to drop easily into the American version of a dream.  That American version centers on economic advancement, beauty, being ‘liked’ as ends in and of themselves.  Such dreams are far from the end of world but in their shallowness they tend to mire our culturally numbed minds in narcissistic stuckness and celebrity worship.

Dreams, as God would have them, push us disruptively out of that stuckness.

Pull around the ingredients of such God-given dream …

  1. Disruptive and Peculiar
  2. A spiritual yearning that there is something “more”
  3. A call to justice, caring, mutual love  that cannot remain ignored
  4. Connection to ever wider circles of fellow travelers
  5. Comfort with “downward mobility” into the spiritual and material suffering of the world

Such dreams are then deeply serious and joy filled at the same time.  A sense of smiling discomfort then may be a sign of someone hearing the call.  Such people -and I have met some of God-dreamers – take Christianity very seriously. But it tends not to be serious in terms of overly pious adherence to worship form or creed but a soul level adherence to following the Christian model – “The Way” – saying “Christ is serious.  This is serious.  This is about LIFE.”   And smiling all the while!

 

 

How big is that dream?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

How big is that dream?  God asks us to dream, to wonder, to even at times stand in simple awe of the world arounds us.

The dream is inspiration – in-spire – a root connected to spirit, breath, and wind.  And yet so easy to succumb to the mundane patter of “reality,” a reality that stomps loudly about the avoidance of anything dangerous or peculiar.   And dreams are just that – the real dreams – the dreams an authentic God humbly asks us to allow through our lives.  Such dreams are dangerous and they are peculiar.

It is the stuff from which movements are made, not movements as in “this is one for the history books” but movements as gentle, unabated, unbowed steps towards a world more deeped wedded to love and caring.  Not muscular Christianity but a Christianity of inspiration, willing to draw along side of life in its multitude of blessed and broken forms, in which we come to know, “It can never be said that heaven is outside anyone. It is within; because every angel accepts the heaven that is outside in keeping with the heaven that is within.”  (Heaven and Hell, 54)


Homework For Sunday – Bring Your Dream

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Whether you join us in person or via the web, it is important to think about Dreams.  Thursday, as the Sermon Writing Team added the polish to Sunday, one thought really struck.  What if what separated us from our dreams was the same thing that separated us from other people?  It seems like a good question to ask – uncomfortable but good.  I certainly see in my life many similarities in terms of barriers.  God has a lot to offer in terms of tools to bring those barriers down.

So think about your dream.  Bring it to Church Sunday.  Lets have a conversation.  Maybe try the livestream on Facebook to join us online in real time.  And think aboout your dream.  Don’t think about it as a “fantasy”, a “day dream”, but maybe for a moment think about it as the real thing.