Nov 15: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible?

11-15-10:

Leaders must understand that no matter how transparent they are with those under them, those under them will still, at times, be scared to ask questions. Mark 9:30-32

There is no single ‘right group’ of Christ followers who are able to do God’s work. Mark 9:38-39

‘Whoever is not against us is for us’ does not suggest full alignment in all ways—it is, rather, dependent upon the base-level turning over of one’s life to Jesus. Mark 9:40-41

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • http://six11.wordpress.com Shawn

    I would love to hear more about what you’re saying, Andrew. Especially in regards to Mark 9:38-41.

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Shawn – Here are my thoughts on those:

    There is no single ‘right group’ of Christ followers who are able to do God’s work. Mark 9:38-39 …. Here the disciples are getting mad because there are ‘other, non-disciple-believers’ who are casting out demons. The disciples taddle to Jesus because they believe they are the only ones who get to cast out demons (e.g. like the Pharisees believe they are the only ones to interpret the Law). Jesus had to break a bad, cultural habbit of such hiearchy.

    Therefore, if one believes in Jesus and does miracles because of it, “whoever is not against us is for us.”

    That is why I said for vss. 40-41:

    ” ‘Whoever is not against us is for us’ does not suggest full alignment in all ways—it is, rather, dependent upon the base-level turning over of one’s life to Jesus.”

    Because many Christians today look at that for us/against us slogan denominationally, politically, and assimilation over progress. Jesus was referencing belief in Him = being on the same team able to do miracles; not a social/political/etc alignment of all things.

    Does that help?

  • http://six11.wordpress.com Shawn

    Yes sir. Thanks Andrew.

    I agree; too many denominations (and groups) set out to make “disciples of themselves” rather than of Jesus. Without Him, we are nothing and we attain nothing.


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