Over the last year or so I have been a part of launching the Antioch Movement, a church planting movement in Ypsilanti, MI. It has been an amazing experience. One that I can’t really put into words. It’s been full of joy, pain, excitement, and anguish. I keep learning everyday about the depth of my own sin and the boundlessness of God’s overwhelming grace.
There is one thing that I seem to be more acutely aware of than ever before and that is the reality that the people of God are family. In the institutional church we experienced tastes of this through small groups or through relationships with certain people with whom we had an affinity. It’s different now.
The life of my natural family is completely and utterly intertwined with the life of my spiritual family. Our worlds are coming closer and closer together. We babysit for one another, we go out of our way to help one another, the rhythms of our lives are more naturally in tune because we are living together in community. Our kids have similar schedules. We frequent the same places. Our outside of the family friends crossover.
There have been many times in the last number of months that I have looked people who used to be my friends with a new realization that we are now family. We are brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, we are a family that God is knitting together for his glory.
The realization that we are family changes everything about how we interact. It allows us to fight and have disagreements because we’re not worried whether someone will leave. We know that we’re committed to one another as family. There is a bond that is more than a commitment to an institution. It’s a bond that comes from our commitment to mission together. We are family.
Terrific Bridge article by Chris Andrews on the importance of being welcoming. Highly recommended! Its entitled “Are Michigan’s restrictions on gay and abortion rights holding state back?”
Andrews writes: ”A number of experts on economic and community development say Michigan policies on gay rights and women’s access to abortion are creating barriers to growth and prosperity. While states like Minnesota and Illinois reach out to gay individuals and families, proponents of stronger protections for gays and women say the same-sex marriage ban and a new law that will require women to purchase an insurance rider to cover abortions send a different message.”
That certainly is our point of view. The asset that maters most to future prosperity of states and regions is human capital. The knowledge, creativity, and entrepreneurship of its citizens. In a word talent. As Governor Snyder wrote: “Today, talent has surpassed other resources as the driver of economic growth.”
The bottom line is straight forward: The places with the greatest concentration of talent from anyplace on the planet win! A core characteristic of prosperous places in a flattening world is they are welcoming to all. Talent is both diverse and mobile. If a place is not welcoming, it cannot retain and attract talent. People will not live and work in a community that isn’t welcoming.
As the Bridge article makes clear state policy matters. Welcoming is an area where Michigan has not been a leader. Governor Snyder’s leadership on immigration is an important step forward. His opposition to domestic partner benefits is not.
Minnesota provides a model. Its polices across the board are more welcoming than here. Gays can marry, there is no ban on affirmative action at their public universities and they have a Dream Act which allows undocumented students who graduated from state high schools to obtain in-state tuition.
As we have explored previously Minnesota is, by far, the Great Lakes leader in both employment and personal income. It has the economic outcomes all of us want for the region and state. It gets those results in large part from its talent concentration. Also the best in the Great Lakes. It is almost certain that their ability to retain and attract talent is helped by its welcoming policies.
A beautiful new exhibit, "Samurai: Beyond the Sword," has arrived at the DIA, and will open to the public this Sunday, 9 March. This morning, I enjoyed a sneak peek at the show, which was a year in the making.
There are two audio tours available, one intended for adults and one for children (8+). In his opening remarks, museum director Graham Beal mentioned that while complimenting the adult audio commentary, many previewers admitted that they also listened to the children's track — and really enjoyed that. I did listen to both, and if you're the type of person who enjoys a comment track, grab the audio gadget on your way in. It's worth it.
Although Samurai are most known for being fierce warriors, this exhibit was built to explore the dual priorities of the Samurai life: the bun and the bu, or "arms and art" (or "war and peace," "learning and fighting"…). Famously master swordsmen, Samurai were also educated men of high social rank, trained in various art forms. The exhibit is softly divided between the impressive swords and full suits of armor, and the gentler arts of calligraphy, painting, theater, and even high tea, to display these connected practices. Painted books and large room screens showing detailed battle and life scenes were not just created to honor the Samurai, but, in many cases, created by the Samurai themselves.
As they are not encased, I had an opportunity to get as close to the armor sets as the ropes would allow. I'm a handcrafter, and so of course want to take in all of the knotwork, the weaving, the iridescent flecks of crushed shell, every little detail. After a couple of centuries, the armor still holds the scent of bamboo and lacquer, creating a layer of intimacy and authenticity. I love the scale of the exhibition rooms, with a large space often being punctuated by a singular suit of armor. It suggests a sort of quiet and focus, themes repeated throughout the exhibit.
Samurai: Beyond the Sword
runs from 9 March 2014 to 1 June 2014.
Tuesdays–Thursdays: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
$16 for adults, $8 for ages 6–17, free for DIA members
Groups (15+): $12 per ticket
Tickets are timed and advance purchase is recommended. Tickets are available at the DIA Box Office, www.dia.org or 313-833-4005.
MCB will be in the house adding to the "FREE" fun with ticket giveaways from the Majestic for Warpaint, St. Vincent, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and The Black Lips
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Title: Sitting Pretty.
I’m going to say something that might get some people upset… but here I go. I strongly feel that not all portraits need to show facial features. Body language at times is a stronger way to show a portrait. Does it always work out? NO, but when it does… magic!
Shot in Brooklyn, NYC with a Canon EOS 6D and a EF 50mm f/1.2L lens.
This turbo charged Detroit tradition is the largest and oldest hot rod-custom car show in North America. It attracts visitors from across the U.S. and the globe. The calling card of this renowned show is the presentation of the Ridler Award, the most coveted award in hot rodding. For 51 years the auspicious award has been presented to the most outstanding new custom car, shown for the first time anywhere. Because of this distinction, the show attracts the finest custom car builders in North America to unveil their amazing vehicles for the first time at the famous show.
Adding excitement to this year’s Autorama is the thunderous opening, with a live outdoor fire up of Bob Motz’s Flame Throwing Semi Truck, on Friday, March 7, at the corner of Washington Blvd at Jefferson at 11:45 a.m. in front of Cobo Hall. All of downtown Detroit will know that Autorama has arrived when the sound of the flame throwing truck rumbles and reverberates through the streets, sidewalks and skyscrapers of the city.
Detroit Autorama is the annual winter ritual that brings the most devout gear heads and just plain curious folks, up close and personal, with the autos that appear in hot rod and custom car magazines. The cars, brought by backyard car jockeys as well as the top customizers in the country, compete for top awards in numerous classes. These auto gems vie for awards and prizes in the Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series. The series competition culminates in the awarding of a check for $1,000 each to the Pirelli Great 8. Finally one of the great eight is named winner of the prestigious Ridler Award for the best vehicle first time shown, sponsored by Chevrolet Performance. The winner receives $10,000 in cash plus a custom trophy and jacket.
Did you ever wonder how they actually "chop" an automobile to create a new super sleek custom hot rod? At this year's Autorama, Gene Winfield's Chop Shop will be right on site with the legendary custom car builder, himself, Gene Winfield, in person. He'll supervise the demonstration of a live "chopping" of a car. The Chop Shop is sponsored by Genuine Hot Rod Hardware.
The entire lower level of Cobo Center features the popular Detroit Autorama Extreme featuring more than 200 traditional rods, customs and bobber bikes inspired by the 1950s. This successful addition to Autorama, now in its eighth year, is getting rave reviews. A show within a show, Autorama Extreme fills the entire 100,000 square feet of the lower level of Cobo's Michigan Hall. Autorama Extreme also features continuous entertainment by Rockabilly Bands and the Miss Autorama Retro Pin Up Girl Contest on Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m. presented by Vinsetta Garage.
Additional features of the 62nd Annual Detroit Autorama include the Cavalcade of Customs; a 10 car exhibit of specially invited 50's customs, The Fintastic Fins; a 10 car handpicked collection of beautiful super finned custom cars, the Autorama Preservation Award Winner –the Clarence “Slick” Patterson ’39 Ford Convertible Custom presented by Steele Rubber Products
Returning this year is the extremely popular Autorama Student Career Day, introduced eight years ago. This year more than 3,000 high school and trade school automotive students from nearly 50 Michigan schools will converge on Autorama on Friday, March 8 for morning presentations by key hot rod builders and industry leaders to learn about career opportunities in this growing field. After hearing from industry leaders, students will have the opportunity to visit the show and view the millions of dollars worth of show cars.
In addition to the Autorama Student Career day, Chrysler Group LLC announces the second annual Autorama High School Design Competition 2014, to benefit the United Way of Southeastern Michigan and in cooperation with The College for Creative Studies. This special new program invites all students currently attending Detroit Public Schools to create their own design for a future luxury Chrylser brand vehicle, envisioned for the year 2030. A panel of judges from Chrysler, CCS and Detroit Autorama will select the winning entries from the Freshman-Junior Class and Senior Class and prizes will include a scholarship to The College for Creative Studies, summer design automotive classes at College for Creative Studies, I Pads, tours of the Chrysler Group's Product Design Office and free passes to Autorama.
The Motor City Mavens 2014 Auto Art Panel Jam and Charity Auction benefiting Leader Dogs for the Blind will be presented by WRIF. More than 200 of the most outrageous pinstripers from across the country will be in Detroit during all three days of Autorama to apply their artistry to items of every variety. They will demonstrate for the crowds and auction the items throughout the event with all proceeds going to Leader Dogs for the Blind. Demonstrations are ongoing. The auction times are Friday, March 7 at 5 and 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 8 at noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Appearances on the Celebrity Stages:
These special guest will meet and greet visitors and sign autographs:
King of NASCAR, Richard Petty and racing legend, Kyle Petty, Friday, March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Laura Marano, “Ally Dawson” from Disney Channel’s “ Austin and Ally”, Saturday, March 8, from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Spongebob Squarepants will appear Friday, March 7, from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 from noon to 5 p.m.
DISCOUNT TICKETS are available at O'REILLY AUTO PARTS
For more information call 248-373-1700
Relationships are funny things. They come and they go. They are filled with joy and pain. Relationships can be acquaintances, friends, or lovers. We have family that we would rather not talk about and we have friends we wish were family. Relationships are definitely funny things.
When someone becomes a follower of Jesus they become part of a family. In a previous post we explored the importance of covenant theology in our emerging generations. This covenantal experience is not purely an abstract reality of God keeping his promises, it is also the very real experience of us keeping our promises. We do this primarily through relationships.
Throughout the Scriptures we see the twin ideas of covenant and kingdom which play out as relationship and authority 1. God interacts with us in relationship through his covenant. His promises are kept and they hold true. Through his covenant we are drawn into relationship with him.
We model this as followers of Jesus. We are in relationship with one another and covenantally so. What does this mean? This means that when we commit ourselves to being a follower of Jesus we are also committing ourselves to being a part of his body. Whether we like it or not we are now in a family relationship with people who also call themselves Christian.
To be in community with people we need to realize that conflict is inherent in relationship. If there is no conflict then we cannot move deeper into relationship with one another. Conflict forces us to make a decision: “Do I withdraw and stay where I am?” or “Do I engage and go deeper?” Covenantal relationships require the latter. To be the church demands that we enter in covenantally with our family, the Church, and go deeper. We can be confident in doing this because we are bound through the promise of covenant.
Does this mean that we might get hurt? Yes. Because none of us live this our perfectly. However, if we are following Jesus then we must follow him into relationship with those he calls his own and who are our brothers and sisters.
Relationships are indeed funny things.
- I am indebted to the work of Mike Breen and 3DM for their help in developing my thoughts here. Check out his book, Covenant and Kingdom. ↩
We love shopping Tiny Prints for party invitations, holiday cards, baby announcements, photo books and all kinds of wedding stationery (Nicole knows all about their gorgeous options) from their sister site, Wedding Paper Divas. This week, Tiny Prints is offering 25% off your order plus free standard shipping in honor of their anniversary. Take care of all your stationery needs at once with “ANNIV14″ through 3.11.
Of course you can get gorgeous paper goods from Tiny Prints with endless options depending on what will serve your purpose. Even we didn’t realize that they also carry really cool custom gifts like iPhone cases, iPad cases, wall art and even personalized acrylic trays. Shown below are the Chalked Wonder iPad Cover and the Watercolor Tiles Acrylic Tray.
Here’s a sampling of the many styles and types of stationery available if you’re in the midst of planning your “Big Day.”
Try the floral trend this spring with Floral Dreams- a lovely and unforgettable invitation. We also like the Painted Perfect Save the Date card. It’s definitely hard to choose just one but there are plenty of options to fit every style and taste.