Johnny The Optimist Beirut, Lebanon

karmakaram:

standwithpalestine:

CD Palestino, a football club in Chile founded by Palestinian immigrants, recently changed their jersey to have the number one shaped as the map of historic Palestine.

Zionist groups complained to the Chilean Football Federation and the club was subsequently fined $1,300 and told to design a new shirt. The numbers were not to be replaced with any symbols or maps.

Their response? Move the map to the front of the shirt. Even better. 

They said: ”For us, free Palestine will always be historical Palestine, nothing less.”

Yes hahahahaha

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wild-nirvana:

Holding hands is the most comforting reassuring thing. It’s like you don’t have to look or listen to know they’re there for you, just their physical presence is enough reassurance.

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spiritualinspiration:

I want to encourage you today to stir yourself up and get your fire back. Start speaking victory over your future. If one dream has died, dream another dream. Put yourself in a positive, faith-filled environment. Get around people of excellence who live passionately. Fan the flame that is in you so you can move forward into all God has in store for you!
Prayer for Today:
Father, I come to You today giving You my disappointments, setbacks, hurts and broken dreams. I ask that You restore my passion and vision for the future. Let Your flame burn brightly in me now and forevermore in Jesus’ name. Amen.

spiritualinspiration:

I want to encourage you today to stir yourself up and get your fire back. Start speaking victory over your future. If one dream has died, dream another dream. Put yourself in a positive, faith-filled environment. Get around people of excellence who live passionately. Fan the flame that is in you so you can move forward into all God has in store for you!

Prayer for Today:

Father, I come to You today giving You my disappointments, setbacks, hurts and broken dreams. I ask that You restore my passion and vision for the future. Let Your flame burn brightly in me now and forevermore in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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amnhnyc:

The entire universe was once hotter than the surface of the Sun. What became of the light emitted by that hot universe?

In this video, Mac Low explains how the cosmic microwave background—energy left over from the Big Bang—was discovered.

Learn more about the cosmic microwave background—sometimes called cosmic background radiation—in Dark Universe.

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anarchocat:

Get out of your mind cage.

anarchocat:

Get out of your mind cage.

olga-the-white-rose-of-russia:

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, its official name.This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory. Not to be confused with the Church on Blood in Yekaterinburg where the former Emperor Nicholas II and several members of his family & household were executed following the Bolshevik Revolution.

olga-the-white-rose-of-russia:

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, its official name.This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory. Not to be confused with the Church on Blood in Yekaterinburg where the former Emperor Nicholas II and several members of his family & household were executed following the Bolshevik Revolution.

(Source: olga-nikolayevna, via coffee-in-europe)

// Living Theology: Hermeneutics of Grace//

thepoorinspirit:

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Understanding the Other and participating in community are important to Christianity.[1] To understand the Other is to commune with them, and to be in a community is to practice understanding. However, for those of us who are critical and cynical about community, Christianity, and/or other Christians, the “hermeneutics of suspicion”[2] has been applied over and against these things. What I mean by “hermeneutics” in this article is not merely a form of interpreting a text or body of texts, but communication between people. The hermeneutics of suspicion is a “demystifying hermeneutics [which] sets up the rude discipline of necessity” by going “against illusion and the fable-making function” of the human conscience.[3] Paul Ricoeur, the philosopher who coined the phrase “hermeneutics of suspicion”, states:

Freud entered the problem of false consciousness via the double road of dreams and neurotic symptoms; his working hypothesis has the same limits as his angle of attack, which was, as we shall state fully in the sequel, an economics of instincts. Marx attacks the problem of ideologies from within the limits of economic alienation, now in the sense of political economy. Nietzsche, focusing on the problem of “value” — of evaluation and transvaluation — looks for the key to lying and masks on the side of the “force” and “weakness” of the will to power. [4]

In other words, the hermeneutics of suspicion is “characterized by a distrust of the symbol as a dissimulation of the real and is animated by suspicion, by a skepticism towards the given.” [5] This distrust and suspicion eventually lead to de(con)struction. Ricoeur even refers to Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud as the “three great ‘destroyers’.” [6] Though Ricoeur believes these three “clear the horizon for a more authentic word, for a new reign of Truth, not only by means of a ‘destructive’ critique, but by the invention of an art of interpreting”,[7] the hermeneutics of suspicion helped create a “culture of suspicion”[8] which fostered

the deconstructive sensibility and which would eventually make the desire to destroy, to decompose, to fragment and to sow the seeds of doubt the basis of literary-philosophical reflection for a large part of the second half of the 20th century. [9]

Again, this goes beyond texts. As Hans-Georg Gadamer notes, “all understanding is interpretation”.[10] Since understanding takes place in a conversation, “it is perfectly legitimate to speak of a hermeneutical conversation.” [11] Signs and symbols emanate from the Other in the form of language – to deconstruct the source of these signs and symbols is to, in a sense, deconstruct the Other.

When this same suspicion, doubt, and distrust mark one’s connection to other human beings, understanding and community become strained. Some, or many, of us have seen church communities break apart because of misunderstanding fueled by suspicion. Some of us may have even participated in this process, or simply left churches because of these broken bridges of communication. I am not advocating that we should be naïve and unquestioning in our communication, but that there is a need for grace in order to be in community and to be constructive, rather than deconstructive, in our hermeneutics in order to understand each other. What I’m proposing is a “hermeneutics of grace”.[12]

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// Ezekiel 18:31, 32//

 

Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.” (Ezekiel 18:31, 32 ESV)

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