From the Blog

Justice: the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness
Social: of or pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community
I will not deny that justice is the responsibility of all institutions in a society (families, churches, corporations). However, I believe people of faith have a special responsibility to share the prophetic voice of Jesus and the Hebrew prophets, one of whom spoke against “those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the court … ” (The prophet Amos)

So I’m proud to support “righteousness, equitableness, [and] moral rightness” “pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community.”

I’m also proud of my friend Michael Hidalgo who wrote a balanced, beautiful response to some unfortunate words spoken this week by Glenn Beck

A Pastor’s Response to Glenn Beck’s Call to Leave ‘Social Justice’ Churches – Michael Hidalgo – God’s Politics Blog.

Last year I was speaking at a mission conference comprised mainly of white suburbanite participants. I was listening to the speaker before me, when he dropped this little gem: “It’s not about a handout, but a hand up.” Actually, it’s not about either. A handout means you think you’re better than me and you’re handing me something something I probably don’t deserve. A hand up means you think you’re better than me and you’re trying to lift me up from a bad place to your wonderful place. Actually, if it’s a choice between the two, I’d rather have the handout. If you’re going to be condescending, I might as well get a direct benefit out of it instead of being told that I need to become like you.

via Avatar and The Blind Side: The Never-ending Messianic Complex Story – Soong-Chan Rah – God’s Politics Blog.

Posted by brianrants at 4:15 pm

God’s extravagant grace was on display this week in New Mexico. Stunning beauty, expansive skies…and some excellent brews.

We felt so blessed to have a Whole Foods around the corner from our casita, and it happens to have the best small selection of brews I’ve ever seen. No fluff, just the good stuff. They had the great beers from CO like New Belgium, and some others I’ve never tried

- Monk’s Ale made a la European monks, but here in NM
- Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout from the UK, which is now my favorite oatmeal stout on terra firma. I can’t decide if it is my favorite stout, as Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is also incredible
- And from a friend’s fridge: Fat Weasel Ale, from Stienhaus Brewing in CA. Almost a sweet ale, slight hoppy finish

Posted by brianrants at 11:57 am

Our world is desperately in need of imagination, for we have spent so much creativity devising ways of destroying our enemies that some folks don’t even think it’s possible (much less practical) to love them. We have placed such idolatrous faith in our ability to protect ourselves that we call it more courageous to die killing than to die loving. The faith we have in the market and in the imagination we employ to acquire wealth has so far surpassed our ingenuity to share that we cannot help but wonder if the contemporary gospel remains good news to the poor whose bellies scream out to God.

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Posted by brianrants at 8:49 pm

I don’t care if this is true, it’s that good. It comes via Facebook apparently.


Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie.. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse- sized tazer. The effects of the tazer were supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety…..?? (more…)

Posted by brianrants at 7:26 pm

I was chopping up veggies for a skillet, and didn’t even know what I was making. Maybe it a sign from God we should take a vacation in Italy. Now I just need a machine that turns veggies into plane tickets

This time for a church retreat for our simple church network, Ancient
Paths Church Network

From a 10 mo old African American baby to a 65 year old Native
American woman, with yuppie Caucasians like me in between, it was a
celebration of the unity from diversity in God’s family

Yesterday, a group of simple church leaders met to discuss what God is
doing in Denver.

At the end we had a time of prayer about Denver. We weren’t really
focusing on any one person, just for God’s healing and transformation
for Denver.

A friend who I had not spoken with for a month was moved to pray
specifically for me, and named 2 emotions I’ve been deeply struggling
with, and prayed for God’s healing for me. He also spoke several words
directly to my heart about what my family is going through.

Thank you Lord that out of 6 billion people you had a word just for
me. I needed to hear that.

Brian Rants