Sunday, March 27, 2005

Easter Victory

As I sit here contemplating the Easter thought I will share only one thing resonates with me.

For too long Good Friday THE High Holy Day for the Church has taken a back seat to Easter. We celebrate Easter not because it means anything here and now but because it gives up of a future escape. So my Easter greeting this day is simple. Christ lives for TODAY. Its not about heaven and hell or whatever the next life really is I mean we can not even conceive of it. Christ died and conquered evil. Christ is victorious. Christ rose to wage a new battle. The fight is always the same. You know how it goes principalities and powers and evil in high places. It looks like greed and hatred, war and murder, oppressive governments and economic systems, and other sins that cause harm to others. Its about Christ coming to liberate the oppressed. What saddens me greatly this Easter morning is that today Christ rises to liberate many from the Church.

Its walls reek from the stench of hatred. Love the sinner hate the sin the saying goes but never have I seen this. The music asks for God's presence to rain down but really do you want it? Will you love God's children regardless of who or where they are? Will you love the Iraqi, the Palestinian, the Al Queda member, will you love the abortion doctor, the homosexual, "that punk kid over there?" Really church will you love the homeless, the abused, those who make church a bit unruly? Will you love and I mean really love you know put them before yourself? Or do they have to be just like you good white middle class Americans? I know you think that you are better just because you are American. That is why its okay for you to go to war because another country might have 1 nuke when you have thousands. I know you think America is the "God's Chosen People" but you could not be further from the truth. The Lord has already declared that ALL people are God's children. Will YOU love them? Will I Love them?

But Christ rises today to bring victory.

Christ rises so his followers can have victory over all evil no matter where it lies.

Christus Victor LIVES!

2 Comments:

Bill,

Thanks for another thought provoking entry. I have long enjoyed reading your insights into theology as well as the practical pitfalls of Christianity and how we might best avoid them. I confess that while I have not always agreed with you my deepest admiration has flowed from the honest and at times even abrasive way at which you grapple with your faith and salvation. Your courage is an example to us all.

That said, I've listened and read enough of your material to discern that you are a wonderful architect in terms of the castles that ought to be erected in the Christian Community.

My challenge is to see you at work in the task of building these lofty edifices. I thank God in His wisdom for sending you and Tolani into the challenge of inner city ministry. It is my firm belief that with the blueprint of what God has revealed to you firmly in hand that the work will flow naturally from that passion.

In short, I believe, hope, and in the grace of the Father expect to hear of a radical deployment of kingdom community at your new appointment. I only hope Laura and I are stationed nearby so we can watch, encourage and glean from the two of you.

God bless you Bill Finley and may His heartbeat resonate with your very own. Forgive the phrase if it seems awkward, but I'm proud of you and trust God is able to finish what He has begun in you.

Take care and feel better soon my friend.

Tommy

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:37 PM  

Good to hear that you are recovering well. Keep your thoughts on that burger and burrito, and they'll taste so good when the time comes.

By Blogger Dan (aka Br Bozano), at 10:30 AM  

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Friday, March 25, 2005

Up

Well I'm up at least some of the time.
The surgery went well I am still in some pain.
What I really want is big juicy hamburger topped of with nice big burrito

Anyway, today is good day to remember
The incarnate one is dead
ultimate victory from ultimate sacrifice
Christ dies to set people free
to tear down walls of inequality
to fight for the oppressed
to lift up the downtrodden
This is why he died
Principalities and powers
governments and economic systems
oppressing the helpless
children being sold into slavery
but there is hope
ultimate victory from ultimate sacrifice

Blessing to all on this most blessed day.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Bill's Surgery

This is Bill's wife, Tolani, writing to give you an update on Bill. He had his tonsils removed today as well as some sinus work and a deviated septum fixed. He is back home now and is resting and will probably be off of his feet for at least a week.

Please keep him in your prayers.

God bless,

Tolani Finley

3 Comments:

Be assured of our prayers.

I hear Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors...enjoy!

By Anonymous tom fenton, at 9:05 PM  

hope the throat eases quickly

By Blogger Gordon, at 3:08 PM  

Feel better and sleep a lot

By Blogger Dwight, at 7:37 AM  

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Stan Grenz

Stanley J. Grenz

January 7, 1950 – March 12, 2005

I do not have the words. Of all the authors only two have effected me greater then the others. First, there was Henri Nouwen taken too soon. And now Stan.

I've read much of his books introduced to him by David Williams and Janet Rumfelt. I remember David inviting him to CCU I think it was 99. He hung out with us students for three days I think. He taught he lectured he ate. He turned down Baylor to stay in his community. He was fluent in the worlds of theology and physics yet knew how to relate to those seeking. I can not express my sadness right now. Taken too soon but leaving behind a legacy. He passed it to the next generation. Who will take it up? I hope I can be one who joins others in continuing to formulate a theology for the community of God.

May God and their community be of comfort to Stan's family.

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I've not read Stan, but will check out his work on your endorsement. His impact on you is noted. I have also felt this way about heroes of mine who have been promoted to glory. When Colonel Albert Pepper went home, i asked who will take up the mantle of prayer warrior in his place. The Spirit advised me that He was in fact speaking to me. Do you suppose He is speaking to you at this moment?

By Blogger Jim Knaggs, at 5:47 PM  

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Sunday, March 06, 2005

Moving

Well I just finished packing 16 boxes of books and 3 more to sell. We saw our new quarters on Friday we are so excited. But Thursday we saw Harbor Light.

So big
So much pain
Called to there
So much pain
How why
So much pain
Salvation Army/Suburbs?
So much pain
East End London
So much pain
5th street LA
So much pain
Salvation Army/downtown!
So much pain
There we are
So much pain
Where we're supposed to be

So there we will be on March 30th. Can't wait to get there.

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May your presence and ministries bring comfort and ease the suffering of many. Godspeed.

Good Journey

By Blogger Dan (aka Br Bozano), at 5:01 AM  

Why should one pray for Linda Bond???

By Blogger rpiercy, at 7:07 PM  

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