Bruce’s Friday Five v5.11

My Friday Five is somewhat of a mishmash of stuff I have recently seen around the interwebs, some of which I actually kept track of and others, I just remembered upon the writing of this post. Enjoy.

ONE | If you don’t mind people sneaking furtive glances at your chest to see what the heck is printed on your t-shirt, celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by picking up a shirt from Bok Choi Apparel. And yes there is a BALUT shirt . . . and no, I am not the model with the chiseled arms, confusing I know.

TWO| Here are two great posts shared with me by consultant extraordinaire, Bob Carlton. These are not only applicable to business types, but  leaders in church, school, etc. could pick up a tip or two. Take a read of Geoffrey James’ 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses and Nilofer Merchant’s Eight Dangers of Collaboration.

THREE | With so many projects swirling around in my head, I have decided to, again, focus much of my blogging over on You will get my mental kitchen sink over on, but the religion and culture stuff will show up a day later there. I know it’s confusing, so thanks for hanging in there. [Subscribe to my Patheos blog].

FOUR | Ever have to send a fax and, after first having get over the offense to your techno-hipster-smugster sensibilities, had no idea where to turn? Thanks to lifehackerAGAIN – here is a great post of Five Online Fax Services. I had to send a fax recently and went with FaxZero which seems to best for the occasional user.

FIVE | And in the “Are you kidding me?” file, here is a recent quote from Richard Mourdock who recently crushed Richard Lugar in last week’s in the Indiana Republican primary.

Appearing on MSNBC with host Chuck Todd, Mourdock offered his own definition of bipartisanship with this definition,

I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view . . . If we [win the House, Senate, and White House], bipartisanship means they have to come our way, and if we’re successful in getting the numbers, we’ll work towards that.

You can read more and see the video on this Think Progress Post, but the “no compromise” posture appears to be going strong. Republican or Democrat, I just don’t see how this style helps to improve the common good.

We are Christianity: An Open Letter to Frustrated Christians in the United States

This letter originally appeared on www.reyes-chow.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

My name is Bruce Reyes-Chow and I too am a Christian. I am also a Presbyterian minister, a husband, a father and a Democrat.  Identifiers claimed, I write to you today because I am frustrated with the singular version of Christianity that is dominating today’s public and political discourse.

Like many of you from across the theological and political spectrum, I am disturbed by the religious rhetoric that is defining Christianity in the United States today: one that employs inflammatory rhetoric over civil discourse, favors easy-answers over nuanced thought and seeks political victory over the common good. This is not the Christianity that I live. I believe that faithful Christians – from “liberal” to “conservative” – can vigorously disagree on significant social and political issues like abortion, marriage equality, health care, etc. without tearing down the dignity of the other, giving up the complexities of faith or inflicting pain upon another member of the Body of Christ.

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22

The Christianity that I embrace compels me to follow God’s calling into the world, and to do so with vigor, discipline and love.

I am generally against unity based on a negative, but we are at a time when remaining silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford.  For if the current dominant version of the Christian faith continues to be cast as the one true version, the great diversity of our collective thought and theology will further cease building up the body as a whole. At some point our participation in the abdication of the Christian voice in the United States to the version of Christianity that politicians, pundits and the media would like it to be can no longer be tolerated. Unless we want our Christian faith to continue to be defined for us, we must seize this time, join our voices and reclaim the diversity of Christianity in the United States that we all know exists.

All together now . . . We are Christianity!

Because there is a broad expression of Christianity in the United States and lifting up a singular alternative would only perpetuate the idea of one “right” Christianity, taking a pledge or signing a contract would be silly.  Instead, if this letter resonates with you – Blue Dog Roman Catholic Democrat or a Log Cabin Episcopal Republican – you are invited to publicly claim your spot in the larger Christian family by adding your name to the “We are Christianity!” petition and/or liking and uploading a photo to the Facebook Page .

Other than that, I hope that you will take every opportunity to model graciousness, extend respect and shower dignity as you passionately, publicly and faithfully live and express your Christian faith.

May the peace of Christ be with you.

Bruce Reyes-Chow, Christian