Sunday Faith News/Views 2-13-11 @ Maggie’s Notebook

I found a beautiful, beautiful video featuring Tommy Emmanuel on guitar doing Amazing Grace. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it. It’s up first and I hope you will listen. More about it and where I found it below.

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Tommy Emmanuel is Australian. You can read his very interesting bio here, and see his tour dates. He tours from one side of the US to the other, as well as all over Europe.

I was reading Echoes of God on the EUChurchwibesites when I noticed a comment about discovering “the greatest living guitar player – Tommy Emmanuel.” Echoes of God is an essay. I’ll share a snippet here that I hope will compell you to click the link above and read the entirety:

Human beings are glorious creatures in so many ways and the biblical Creation story offers a powerful and pregnant picture: humans are made in God’s image. So whose glory is it?

The Christian tradition has said, that the glory belongs to God the creator. It is his voice we hear echoing off the crags, murmuring in the sunset. It is his power we feel in the crashing of the waves and the roar of a lion. It is his beauty we see reflected in a thousand faces and forms.

The most complex and fascinating thing in all creation is the human brain, including the mind, imagination, will, personality and the thousand other things which we think of as separate faculties but which all interlock, as functions of that brain and its relation to the rest of our lives, our complex personal identity. We should expect the world and our relation to it to be at least as complex as we are. If there is a God, we should expect such a being to be at least as complex again. The more we learn, the more we discover that we humans are fantastically complicated creatures.

This complexity is the world to which the Christian story is addressed, the world of which it claims to make sense.

And more:

The kingdom of God is at hand.’ This announcement was the centre of Jesus’ public proclamation. He was addressing our corrupt world and the gospels tell the story in such a way as to hold together the ancient prophecies. God would usher in a new reign of justice and peace. God would vindicate his people to set everything straight. The world was to be turned the right way up at last. To speak of the Kingdom arriving now is to declare the future breaking in to the present and the arrival of Heaven on earth.

How do you communicate a message as radical as this?

From GOD’S ANSWER is alway Jesus:

Matthew 18, verses 18 and 19 are the focus. Have you ever wondered about vs 19? How have you reconciled this? I had not. Read Binding and Loosing and let me know what you think.

For news, I learned there is such a thing as Christian news from a Black Christian perspective.

More news, with a view, is a Yale Divinity School graduate student talking about Christianity in Egypt, and her own experiences of time in Cairo and Alexandria, and never seeing Christians and Muslims praying together – has never seen a “Cross anywhere near a Quran,” but this week it was different:

Egyptian Christians and Muslims gathered together this week to pray for those who’ve died in the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

Muslims formed a protective circle around Christians as they prayed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Monday, just as Christian protesters had done for Muslims during last Friday’s prayers.

We must be praying for Egyptian Muslims and Egyptian Christians in these heady but harrowing times. Ayann Hirsi Ali has the only answer that makes sense to me, outside of an Almighty miracle.