SHEEP WEEK: culling is killing

culling is killing cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

Welcome to SHEEP WEEK, a week of my sustained critique of the shepherd/sheep analogy illustrated by my cartoons. This morning's cartoon is "Culling is Killing".If you have a particular vision of what you want your people to be like that isn't universal, that doesn't include all, that isn't all-encompassing, you immediately prohibit community. To pursue purity of the flock actually destroys it.Everyone de facto belongs. I claim that the problem isn't who belongs. No. The actual struggle … [Read more...]

sitting on a bridge kit

bridge kit cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

Division and separation is an illusion we subscribe to just like any other fiction. But that doesn't make it real.We each have what it takes to make manifest the unity that is inherently already there.You are sitting on your own bridge kit. Start building! … [Read more...]

simple division

Some of you might have noticed the posts on Twitter, Google+, Linkedin and Facebook last night concerning a post about me over at Friendly Atheist. I want to be clear: Hemant Mehta and I are friends. His post about me is fair and playful. But the ensuing comments make something even more obvious to me, and it is this...The urgency our minds have to label things is what is causing the problems of this world. The division in the world is birthed out of the division in our own minds. Until we … [Read more...]

separation

I claim we are already one. Our unity is a reality that doesn't need to be achieved, but only made manifest through our actions. Although challenging, I suggest it is easier than it appears.Check out my books that are full of cartoons. Check out my my gallery to buy originals and prints. … [Read more...]

Defense Mechanism and Walls of Hostility

he has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility… (Ephesians 2:14) Hostility is the motivation behind separation.When the writer used "hostility", he removed any argument that the dividing wall is a metaphysical one only, somehow mysteriously built by an invisible negative force. It is a very real division built by… us!… the manifestation of our hostility. It is not only spiritual but visceral.So this passage is written not only against those who built the … [Read more...]

The Primary Implication of Christ for the Church

The most important implications of Christ for the church is that the church is not exclusive but inclusive. The primary message is that we are all brothers and sisters and that we are one. The local church can only be a microcosmic manifestation of the pre-existing reality of that unity… a living example… a visible picture of what it looks like and means to be One.Those who cried exclusivity and established boundaries and drew lines of distinction and erected walls of separation are clearly tho … [Read more...]

unity is not based upon belief

Our unity is not based upon belief. It cannot be.Unity is something already achieved. It is a present reality. So it is not something we endeavour to create. It is something we endeavour to protect, nourish and enjoy.Right now I am teaching a class of international students. We are Saudi, Japanese, Canadian, Mongolian, Kazakh, and Chinese. We are Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Shinto Buddhist, and Other. Yet we enjoy a remarkable sense of unity that is deeper than and transcends our … [Read more...]

sitting on the bridge kit

There are so many bridges at our disposal to make manifest the reality of our unity.But will we employ them?Visit my online gallery where you can buy my most popular cartoons and art. … [Read more...]

right vs. left: under deconstruction

One of the things I am very passionate about is how to be a healthy community. Is it necessary for people of differing ideas and opposing opinions and conflicting theologies to clump together in homogeneous segments? Must separation be the ramifications of difference? Must conservatives stick to the right and liberals cling to the left without meeting anywhere in the middle? How can fundamentalists and moderates experience their inherent unity?How can we make manifest our unity even in the … [Read more...]

unity is a matter of perspective

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle or compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole … [Read more...]


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