Friday Fuel: A Christian Survival Guide, Doubt, Dying and Living

August 22, 2014

Hey everyone.

By now, I bet most of your kiddos have started school. Maybe you even sent a bigger kiddo or two off to college! I’m back in the full swing of things, which is always exciting, tiring, refreshing and all-consuming at the same time.

You know, two weeks out from Michael Brown’s death, I can already feel some people are starting to get tired of the story. It’s starting to become “old news.” We simply cannot let that happen. We cannot let ourselves become “weary” about these issues. Is that not what we so often do? We witness a tragedy and we vow “never again,” but then we get tired and distracted. And when it happens again, we wonder how.

On the other hand, now that the cacophony of voices is starting to winnow down, I think we are getting some really wise words coming out, slowly, purposefully. I was looking for them this week.

In My Kindlesurvival guide

I am really excited to be diving into Ed Cyzewski’s newest book A Christian Survival Guide. It’s a great little book that covers a lot of ground, the sort of perennial stumbling blocks that trip up Christians of the twenty-first century. You can download it right now for a ridiculously low price, making it pretty much an impulse purchase.

In My Blog Reader

Also from Ed, he posted a great piece this week on the role of doubt in the lives of Christians, a topic that has really had me wrestling lately. I am more and more convinced that when I am in a season of doubt, God is not further from me, but nearer than I ever expect.

There were also a number of great words written this week, following up on the events of Ferguson. I particularly appreciated Caris Adel’s words in When I Say “Most White Christians.” There is a massive difference in the way race groups view the events that are unfolding.

I also was especially challenged by Tyler Braun this week. His words were brief, but he is right, and he elaborates on what I was trying to say on Wednesday. The problem with privilege, is that those of us who have it, usually do not know it. We project our reality onto everyone else. We universalize our tiny little experiences.

Emily Wierenga had some very personal thoughts on how we react to suicide. There are so many people who are walking among dry bones.

Finally, I was very challenged, inspired, uplifted and broken all at the same time by Caleb Wilde’s post Eight People Who Found Life In DyingMost of us fear death. A few of us are cursed with dying slowly. But a few of those people have learned, for lack of a better word, how to die well, because dying well means living as if you are not dying. And it just puts me to shame, because I’m still learning to live, and I’m not dying at all!

That’s what fueled me this week. What about you?


One response to Friday Fuel: A Christian Survival Guide, Doubt, Dying and Living

  1. Well Matt, I have to say that this is the first time I feel compelled to respond to your posts from a different viewpoint. I am one of those who IS tired of all the Ferfuson feed. Because to me it has lost its message and just become noise. The replay of details, the different spins over the airways and blogs drone on and on. It isn’t that it is not a tragedy or isn’t worth our collective and individual grief. But there are many other tragedies in this world worthy of our attention as well. When little children are beheaded at the hands of terrorists and the focus continues to be upon the drama being played out here, I am troubled. Where is the blogging world crying out for this? With that said, Matt Chandler challenged me personally with the “white privilege deception” comment . It is one with which I can personally wrestle. But the challenge has strength apart from the replay of the Ferguson tragedy details and the escalation of racial tension that I believe ensues from the sensationalization of it.