Outside In

Outside In

Is Christianity just another Inside/Outside division? Is it the only one? Is the the dissolution of all such boundary markers? Is this post solely questions? Not solely, no. 

"Does not Christianity revolve around the outsider, the wholly other? Because Christ, who being in very nature of God (eternally inside), did not consider being inside with God something to be used to his advantage and instead made himself nothing, took himself outside, by taking the very nature of a servant, and remained committed to the outside, even to the point of death on a cross (Phil 2:4-8, loose translation)."
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The Incompleteness of Christianity

The Incompleteness of Christianity

Despite our desire to be in control, to experience things with a sense of completion (of being all tied off, done and dusted, sorted and settled) Christianity is a way of being in the world that promotes and indeed requires things to be incomplete. Faith, hope, love, forgiveness, hospitality; these Christian virtues all operate by disturbing cycles/economies of completion... leaving things to lie unfinished and incomplete.

"Christianity revels in incompleteness. In disturbing, disrupting, and breaking cycles of completion. In refusing to let cycles continue on ad infinitum. The characteristically Christian virtues not only promote, they require, things remaining incomplete."
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New Talk: Risky Hospitality and a True Gift

New Talk: Risky Hospitality and a True Gift

A talk I gave at H3O Church, Dee Why on the topic of hospitality. It begins with what I think is my best retelling of the story of getting lost in Maryland, USA and then moves onto some more serious stuff about hospitality as a true gift and a response to a visitation from the other/outsider.

Photo from Alexxphotos.com (and not from the talk in question)

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