Two passions of mine are reading and riding motorcycles. I read and ride widely. I enjoy throwing my leg over the Harley to head out and explore new roads and destinations. Reading allows me to meet new authors and explore new ideas. These two practices are also important spiritually. When reading or riding, I find myself fully immersed in the moment with senses heightened and the mind fully engaged.
This blog arose out of my wish to share these two passions with you. There are two sections (1) The Ride – the book I am reading for the month as well as a brief description of motorcycle rides longer than 100 miles, and (2) The Jaunt – articles I have read and share for your consideration as well as rides less than 100 miles. This does not include my daily commutes to and from work.
I own two motorcycles. The 2009 Harley Davidson Road King Classic is for cruising and the 2017 Harley Davidson 750 Street is the commuter.
So sit back and enjoy the ride.
January 29, 2018 234 Miles
The wife and I took out at noon and headed northeast for Saguaro Lake for lunch. North Bush Highway Road is scenic and the slower truck and fishing boat in front of us allowed me to enjoy the landscape more than the twistys. After lunch, we continued north on State Highway 87. Speed limit 65. Average speed 75. Lots of nice sweeping turns. I noticed another bike following us and the competitive side of me made sure he would stay there. He did. Highway 188 took us back south toward Roosevelt Lake. A short break to rest the “seat” was an excuse to purchase water and Snickers. We made it down to Globe and headed east on Highway 60 toward home. The weather wasn’t that cold, but cold enough to use as an excuse to try out our new leather chaps. They work well and don’t look too bad. Home by 6pm. Great ride.
Book of the Month: What Does a Progressive Christian Believe by Delwin Brown
The author is a retired and resides in Berkeley, California. He served as dean at Pacific School of Religion and was a professor of theology at Iliff School of Theology.
What the book is about?
“This book seeks to say why progressive Christianity is “gospel,” a word of “good news” that merits living for and sharing with others. And “others” includes liberals who are searching, conservatives who are open, and others who are curious.” (p.12)
Why am I reading it?
1. Social Media has made marketing and branding readily accessible to individuals and churches. Today, if a spiritual community doesn’t clearly identify or brand itself, the community in which it resides will do it for them. Since there are more evangelical than mainline churches, a mainline protestant church like Church of the Beatitudes could easily be labeled as evangelical. I imagine it was this reason that led this church to explore and identify with Progressive Christianity over ten years ago. Beatitudes is in the midst of reexamining the eight tenets of Progressive Christianity and some of the core beliefs held by many self-identified progressive Christians.
2. I am also reading the book for myself. Every few years I will read a theologian in order to stretch myself with new ideas. I hope Delwin and I have a great conversation.
1. How “Support the Troops” Aids the Military-Industrial Complex
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jaysondbradley/2018/01/support-troops-aids-military-industrial-complex/#Dyj0bG2IyJhPpVOv.99
Caught my eye because my son-in-law is an active duty Naval Officer.
“To continually invoke those who serve (or die for) our country as a way of squelching protest or debate is ridiculous, especially if you’re not actively concerned about or involved in the post-military care of our troops.
“Even if you’re a Christian with a just-war view of conflict, you owe it to the kingdom of God to disengage from simplistic nationalism and pro-military propaganda. As Emerson said, ‘When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart.’”
2. What’s the Main Source of Global Conflict? Survey Says: “Religious Beliefs”
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2018/01/25/whats-the-main-source-of-global-conflict-survey-says-religious-beliefs/#c9wVGUUzTuwRzuk1.99
Always helpful to remind myself how my profession can become harmful.
“Would eliminating religion from the world make it a better place? You could argue that one from every possible direction and never settle on a solid answer, but a new survey from U.S. News & World Report says that 30% of people believe “religious beliefs” are the primary source of global conflict, more than any other option.”
Rev. Tony Minear, PhD. is the Lead Pastor at Church of the Beatitudes a Progressive Christian Church based in Phoenix AZ.
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