Wednesday, June 20, 2007

5 things I dig about Jesus...

I was tagged over at Perigrinatio for a meme. So, Doug, here's my list of the 5 things I did about Jesus. (And don't worry, I won't call you cheesy like Riddle did.)

5. I dig the fact that Jesus acted as a prophetic voice, calling out to people on the margins of society and giving them hope and meaning, and calling out to the powers and structures of society giving them much needed critique.

4. I dig that Jesus understood and craftily used satire. Borg and Crossan compare Jesus' not-so-triumphal-entry parade to the parade of Pilate (The Last Week, p 1-30) and show his entry as a satire, a mocking of sorts, directed to the Roman oppressors.

3. I dig that although Jesus stood for dramatic social revolution, he did so while continuously rejecting violence in all its forms, even retaliatory violence.

2. I dig that we don't have any pictures of Jesus. I mean, we all know that Jesus was not a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Swede (the picture that's hanging in most of our churches). But the fact that he lived in a time when cameras were not around gives us the ability to relate Jesus to any society, any people(s), anywhere. Jesus can become real, relevant, and incarnate to all peoples, a task that would be limited if we had pictures. Check out this old article from Popular Mechanics.

1. I dig that Jesus has confused millions of people over 21 centuries. We keep reading the same words, and we keep misunderstanding. I think Andy Warhol is translucent green with envy.

I tag...
Brian Kirk


Doug Jones said...

great stuff Dan!

I could put number three in my top five! Nice.

thanks for playing along.

Brian said...

Dan, apparently the youth ministry blog world is pretty inbred! I already got tagged with this by Stuart Delony, I tagged you on my site and now I see that you tagged me! Here's my two cents:

1) Jesus loved people first. He didn't make his love conditional on what they believed or how they acted who who they hung out with.

2) Jesus really knew how to tell a story.

3) Jesus was an introvert, like me (he could handle crowds, but had a small circle of friends and liked to have quiet time away from everyone.)

4) Jesus pointed us on the way that leads to the center of God's love and peace.

5) Jesus was a trouble-maker!

Dan said...

Sorry, I was away from the PC for a few days. I was tagged by Doug Jones and didn't realize you tagged me, too! Well, thanks for responding anyway.

John Smulo said...

Very good list. Enjoyed reading your thoughts.

If you have time, please post a link to your post at the original:

I'm trying to keep track of the meme to post all of the links in the future.

NoVA Dad said...

Thanks for the tag; I posted my list over on my blog. It was quite a challenge to narrow things down to just five examples.