Presbymeme II

I have returned from the desert.  I am slowly gaining momentum as I answer my overflowing inbox and read my blog feeder.  I have much swelling inside me head.  I will post some stuff over the next few days.  Now I prepare for a new adventure that is steadily approaching.  So in the meantime I offer you this…

I have been tagged in this latest meme from Bruce.

The Rules // Presbymeme II

  • in about 25 words each, answer the following five questions;
  • tag five presbyterian [or UCC, ELCA, RCA, or Disciples] bloggers and send them a note to let them know they were tagged;
  • be sure to link to this original post, leave a comment or send a trackback to this post so others can find you;

The Questions // Presbymeme II

  1. What is your favorite faith-based hymn, song or chorus.
  2. What was the context, content and/or topic of the last sermon that truly touched, convicted, inspired, challenged, comforted and/or otherwise moved you?
  3. If you could have all Presbyterians read just one of your previous posts, what would it be and why?
  4. What are three PC(USA) flavored blogs you read on a regular basis?
  5. If the PC(USA) were a movie, what would it be and why?

What I got.

1. What is your favorite faith-based hymn, song or chorus.

My favorite hymn is Come Thou Font.  It has been a source of strength and reflection for me.  So much so I have a portion of it tattooed on my forearm.  But this week at Ghost Ranch, I found a deep affection for Canticle of the Turning. I especially love the verse, “Though I am small, my God, my all, you work great things in me. And your mercy will last from the depths of the past to the end of the age to be. Your very name puts the proud to shame, and those who would for you yearn, You will show your might, put the strong to flight, for the world is about to turn.”  This is about as delicious as a hymn can get for me.

2. What was the context, content and/or topic of the last sermon that truly touched, convicted, inspired, challenged, comforted and/or otherwise moved you?

Tiffany Gonzales preached a sermon on the sower at Covenant some weeks ago.  I was so touched by it.  She spoke of the refining of self as intertwined in community.  That we discover our true selves as we strugle to be community.  I loved her illistrations of her tia’s and the difficult work they provided in the fields of Texas.  It has lead me to seek a better way to be a vessel of Christ here in Louisville.

3. If you could have all Presbyterians read just one of your previous posts, what would it be and why?

I would want them to read my series Proximity 2.0: The Emergence of the iOther [part 1, part 2, part 3].  I feel it important to let go of the veils and veneers that plague intimacy with each other and Christ.  We are stagnant and dying because we have forgot how to live with each other.  We are wrapped around a culture of false proximity and this allows fear to cloud our convictions and desires.  The PCUSA is in need of a mad dose of vulnerability and loving thy neighbor.

4. What are three PC(USA) flavored blogs you read on a regular basis?

Tribal Church Carol is like Coke.  She is the real thing.

[PLUG] The New & Improved Presbyterian Bloggers I am excited to see what this site becomes.

Shekinah Glory Brian offers us beautiful and honest glimpses of his faith journey.  His poems are amazing.

Stuff Christians Like I love this satirical look at what makes Christian raise their hands and shout for the Lord!

5. If the PC(USA) were a movie, what would it be and why?

I want to say Lars and the Real Girl.  I see a community in need of healing.  Yet we are so caught up in the way “I” do things “we” cannot heal. I see our denomination entering into a lot of self-indulgent, self-love acts that keeps us from serving God in radical ways that transform the culture around us.  We have lost our edge and are hanging out with inanimate objects[the frozen chosen?].

I might be wrong.  So I also offer to you that if the PC (USA) were a movie it would be Cocoon.

I tag Amy, Monica, Mere, Philip, & Sarah.

2 thoughts on “Presbymeme II

  1. Thanks, Ryan. I’m glad that you got away, and that you’re back.

    I never saw Cocoon, but I’m still cracking up at the plot summary:

    “When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.”

    What a beautiful dream for the PCUSA…

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