Richard Rohr with a word that Americans and the Church would do well to take to heart:
“Let’s also remember that Jesus is shockingly not upset with sinners. This is a shock so total that most Christians still refuse to see it. He is only upset with people who do not think they are sinners: These denying, fearful, and illusory ones are the blockage. They are much more likely to hate and feel no compunction. We once thought the mission of religion was to expel sin and evil. Through Jesus, we learn that sin lies in the very act of expelling. There is no place to expel it to. We have met the enemy, and the enemy is us. We either carry and transform the evil of human history as our own problem, or we only increase its efficiency and power by hating and punishing it ‘over there.'”
Christ, have mercy.
I think I have more in common theologically with Andy Rourke than Tim Keller (and I don’t even know if Rourke had a theology), but I am saddened by both of their deaths. Pancreatic cancer sucks.
There are few things more holy than a good bass line.