Beauty. Truth. Goodness.

[To Inspire. Empower. Enrich.]

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LIFE AS I SEE IT 

*Andre Wagner’s single night solo show in Brooklyn. Images by Des 

What beauty fills this space!

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buttonpoetry:

Loyce Gayo - “How We Forget” (CUPSI 2014)

"We forgot crowns do nothing for kings but put weight on their heads and a target on their backs."

Performing during Finals at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational for UT Austin. Austin took first place in the tournament.

“Patience, then, believer, eternity will right the wrongs of time.”

—   Spurgeon (via impetuousvortex)
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Penumbravia iamgalla

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Penumbra
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Christian Scott - Litany Against Fear

alivesoul:

Christian Scott - Litany Against Fear

Album - Anthem

“White men make up approximately 36% of the population, but commit 75% of mass shootings. What would be called terrorism by any other skin tone is suddenly some mysterious unnamed disease. We as a society are perfectly happy to further stigmatize mentally ill people, who are far more likely to be victims of violence than commit violence, in the service of protecting white supremacy and male entitlement.”

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Hm.

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lookbookbyrobin:

- Robin Fröström

What I came to discover is how much the world craves a listening ear. The biggest problem I have with evangelizing is that you enter into a relationship with a prescribed intention, and that stands in the way of listening well.

You can’t listen well when you are carrying an agenda.

You can’t listen well when you are looking for ways to fortify your own position.

You can’t listen well when you are searching for what is broken in your conversation partner, in order to introduce the solution.

On the other hand, if you are wanting to be evangelized, you learn to listen deeper, because you are trying to uncover truth. You search for the beauty in your neighbor to find points of connection — you are seeking to be saved by them. You become the student, longing to learn from, instead of preach at. You voluntarily place yourself in the inferior position of need and find that your own vulnerability compels others to shed their masks. Your courage to admit uncertainty disarms, until all that is left is raw honesty and frailty of our common human condition.

I am not trying to dismiss the profound biblical mandate of the Great Commission, to go and make disciples. But we must assess the context within which we stake the particularity of Christ. The mission of the church is going to look different when you’re in the remote Tibetan tribes of China or in the pluralistic progressive cities of the West. Increasingly, the way we carry out the mission must find distance from colonial proselytizing. As Pope Francis has recently been quoted, “The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing.”

Proselytizing limits the wildly beautiful story of God and God’s people into a sample script. I agree we need more conversions in this world, but at least as many conversions need to take place within the church as outside of it. Are we willing to evangelize each other by offering and receiving a plethora of stories which may diverge from a single narrative? Can we make space for stories from minority groups, the Global South, the Left and the Right, the rich and the poor, the mega churches and the struggling congregations? Can we be evangelized by each other and practice the art of listening deep and listening well?

Our best hope for connectedness lies in having our stories heard. We earn our right to speak into other people’s lives when we have logged enough hours listening to their truths, and been willing to be changed by their beauty…

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http://sojo.net/blogs/2014/08/11/how-i-kissed-evangelizing-goodbye

"The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing"

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So very important.

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ovofordrake:

Danielle Brooks is so damn beautiful, she is forever my woman crush.

I have no idea who she is, but damn, she’s gorgeous.

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"i don’t even get that much. without a body, i can’t feel the rain hitting my face. that’s something i miss all the time. i want to get my body back soon. i just want to be human again. even if it means going against the flow of the world, and trying to do the impossible."

(Source: tenpouin)

buttonpoetry:

Olivia Gatwood - “At The Owl” (NPS 2013)

"Work for your money, girl, dance like a hooked fish, beg me like a stray dog."

Performing for NYC-Urbana at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

Powerful.

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“There is no shame in not knowing something," he said gently. "The shame is in not being willing to learn.”

—   Dernhil The Naming by Alison Croggon (via fuckyeahpellinor)

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vikadi:

set of nostalgia drawings by gabriel picolo. i don’t think i have enough space on my tumblr for all his works that i’d like to post.

these are incredible

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impetuousvortex:

Wesley preachin’ against the prosperity gospel

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