The Spirit of Him

Sam Mahlstadt —  June 28, 2010 — Leave a comment

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

I love Paul’s words here to the church at Rome. God breathes life into our mortal bodies, allowing us to carry on. Foundational to our understanding of God as the Creator is a deep sense that he is still living and breathing and creating today. Not only is he still creating, but he is being reflected when we create. We bear the image of the very spirit that brought about creation, who redeemed all creation through the suffering king, and who breathes life into our mortal bodies. So when we live our lives, and create our masterpieces, there is something so much larger going on. Our lives are a precursor, and our creations are a reflection to the God who was and is and is to come. Amen.

Confessional

Sam Mahlstadt —  June 27, 2010 — Leave a comment

I have to confess that even though I claim to follow Jesus, if you inspected my life, you would find greed, laziness and envy.

I confess.

Now I move forward and continually ask for radical grace.

Do you have anything you would like to confess?

I’d suggest you get it off your chest and keep moving.

Side Projects

Sam Mahlstadt —  June 24, 2010 — Leave a comment
  • Finished up a post for ChurchCrunch.com – check it out HERE – let me know what you think.
  • Set up a domain parking page for a soon-to-be-launched blog. So pumped for it.
  • Working on an article for COLLIDE magazine, that will feature the insight of someone much smarter and creative than myself. *hint: when you are writing an article, including someone better than yourself makes your writing better :) *
  • Working on my first ever newsletter. Once it launches, it will be an added bonus to the above referenced blog. I am pouring a lot of time and effort into it, and hopefully it will be so much more than just noise. If you have any ideas for ways to add value, hit me up! Who’s got a killer newsletter that you can’t wait to read?
  • Plugging away at the book…with a new designer on board to handle layout. Excited! Still room for another designer – someone who deals with typography and layout – to serve as an art director of sorts. Email me if interested smahlstadt@gmail.com.

From a guest post I wrote over at ChurchCrunch.com yesterday…

It is easy for the creative type, especially in ministry pursuits, to neglect the source of the their creativity. After all, there is so much strategy, planning, meeting and brainstorming that goes into an idea before execution, that in the end, we like to think we have earned the right to claim it as ours.

I’d like to push back on that thought for a moment.

…To get to this place, where we truly understand that we are the very art that speaks of God, we must embrace a new way to view our relationship with God.

Continue reading here.

If you’re searching for yet another reason to hate BP and distrust Washington, here it is. No, I’m not talking about the dead birds, befouled beaches, or zillions in damages inflicted on millions of Americans by the incompetents at BP (enabled by clueless federal regulators). Rather, I’m talking about the way our nation will overreact to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. That overreaction will cause us far greater damage than the disaster itself will, because we’ll import more oil than we otherwise would and produce less of our own.

This is taken from an article published on Fortune; you can read the rest of the article here.

I find this outlook understandable, but a bit depressing. It seems like we just don’t understand the proven dangers of our oil dependency. It’s not about where it comes from, it’s about our insessant use. We are an oil addicted country because we are a country that can’t be satisfied. The writer goes on to say,

“…it’s going to take extraordinary bravery and wise, long-term-oriented political leaders to keep us exploring and developing our own oil and gas.”

That. Is. Scary.