This is a place to discuss the daily challenges:
Welcome to the first week of our daily challenges! Why has no one else commented? Because we’ve just launched, and you’re one of the first to enjoy our new app and web site. Please feel free to comment and ask questions in this space.
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Great job on the challenge videos! Solid content, and very compelling.
Hi guys. Nice app. Seems a bit buggy on android though. I can’t get any of the content to load yet. Going to keep trying though.
Hi Geoff, thanks for checking things out and commenting.
I know there are some Android bugs – but it’s been challenging to report them accurately with so many different Android devices out there. Can you tell me what device and OS version you have, and exactly what bugs you’ve run into? It would be a huge help when I am working with our developers.
Hunger and thirst.
This challenge really spoke to me. . . but it was also somewhat overwhelming. The ‘ do a little something about ît’ reminds me of those self directed learning sessions in uni. You are often not given any ‘fenceposts’ so you keep going, never sure of when you have dug deep enough.
Type ‘A’ people can burn out, type ‘B’ spread to thin. . . with out both, community as our soundingboard, and God as our guide, this hungering can become quite abstract. It can become a quest for social policy solutions that, although good, organize the needs and legislate solutions.
What is the balance between ‘legislation’ and personal Acton in God’s kingdom?
Hi Steve, thanks for following our daily challenges, and for your question. I’ll post my thoughts on this question by the end of the day, but in the meantime, are there any ideas out there on the connection between action and legislation? Can we risk burning out hungering and thirsting for righteousness?
Glad to hear the challenge really spoke to you. You’re right, the challenge was certainly designed to have you start small without getting overwhelmed, and then keep going. I think it’s what Jesus urges us to do – hunger and thirst – seek righteousness like your life depends on it. Of course, righteousness can be hard to figure out in every situation, and hard to live out. I think the key is to differentiate between righteousness and self-righteousness. If you hunger and thirst for self-righteousness, you’ll fall prey to exactly the pitfalls you’ve described – particularly the isolation from community. If you are seeking actual righteousness – God’s righteousness and God’s kingdom – then community is built right in (the church), guidance is built right in (Scripture, the Holy Spirit, etc.) where the best of our distinct personalities are deployed to hunger and thirst for righteousness in this world, while the worst parts are challenged and transformed by his Spirit.
Hope this helps – thanks for tracking with us! Any thoughts?
Monday’s Challenge Question: When have you been shown mercy?
Monday’s Challenge Question: What overlapping roles do you play in life?
Monday’s Challenge Question: When you envision a peacemaker, who/what do you see?
A number of images come to mind when I consider ‘peacemaker’. There is sometimes a very pastoral person, and sometimes there is somebody who is very focused on justice maybe less pastoral.
Is a peacemaker somebody who protests at the G- 20 or is it someone who serves to defend people in the Congo in a UN military intervention?
Is peacemaking more defined as the continuous struggle against the entropic pull off our falleness, while working towards restoration and reconciliation?
This seems to capture the sense of an active, participatory but goal directed labour.
Wednesday’s Question: What are some of the costs, and rewards, of being a peacemaker?
Monday’s Question: What is the most chaotic situation you have ever experienced? What brought some calm to it?
My answer – treating two overdoses in one night as a volunteer first aid provider. Relief came in the form of an ambulance, after a 40 minute wait!
What makes a good reflector?
I suppose a good reflector of light gives a true reflection of the source of the light, without distortion; and also allows the light to be seen by those who wouldn’t otherwise see the source light.
As Christians we should remember that we are reflectors of God’s work in the world. It is God’s will we are fulfilling and as ‘reflectors’ we can allow people to see God, the source of the light, through us –people who might now otherwise come to know God –I suppose we help God to be seen and “extend” the range of God’s light in this world.
Great answer, Shane!
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