Jeremy Jernigan Posts

A Farewell to Mars

A Farewell to Mars

Recently I finished the book A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd. This book serves as a great connector between two other books I love, Boyd’s Myth of a Christian Nation and York’s A Faith Not Worth Fighting For. Zahnd breaks down our need and dependance upon violence, especially the subconscious hold it has over us. This is a tough sell for Christians in America as I’ve personally experienced in the process of changing my own views on this the last couple of years. However, I believe this conversation to be at the heart of where the Church will move in the future as we learn to distinguish between our allegiance to a nation and our allegiance to God’s Kingdom.

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Out of the Corner of My Eye

I think I caught a glimpse of truth out of the corner of my eye

A ghost, a whisper, a suspicion, a subtle and subversive rumor

So dangerous that every army would be commanded to march against it

So beautiful that it would drive those who see it to madness

Or sanity

Does the whole of my kind suffer from mental and moral vertigo?

As Melville said of cabin boy Pip

He saw the foot of God upon the treadle of the loom

And dared to speak it

Henceforth his shipmates called him mad

As Vladimir said when they came to bury Fyodor

The spiritual leader must feel the falsehood prevailing in society

The prophet must struggle against it, never tolerate it, never submit to it

I think I caught a glimpse of truth out of the corner of my eye

Have we been so blinded by the bright lights of advertisers lies

That the only true vision is peripheral vision?

In the age of constant commercialization and overblown hype

Does truth shout with a whisper and stand out with subtlety?

I think I caught a glimpse of truth out of the corner of my eye

It terrified me as I fell in love with it

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The Good Shepherd

I dove into the Biblical history of shepherds to unpack the context for this I Am statement of Jesus.

In Jesus, what we actually see shatters what we expected to see.

Respect

Out of courtesy to others, I try not to talk about my love for the Yankees too much. Or at least try to avoid blogging about it excessively. I realize that’s a pretty subjective line and one that people may feel I cross from time to time. But when you’ve named your kids after legendary Yankee players there tends to be something significant about the way you view being a fan. For me, it goes beyond just this team or that team. It pushes past the controversy and the opposition. It’s something pure about a game. A game that both brings people together and pushes them apart. A game that garners favorable words like “classic” and unfavorable words like “slow.” It’s about a franchise that celebrates history. That celebrates all that is worth playing for even when each season delivers on that intent better or worse than other seasons. It’s about one hundred and sixty two games a year. About investment of millions and a determination to compete. And it repeats itself every year.

It’s about a homegrown player that stays in one place for his entire career. About a player who rises above the rest. A player who leads superstars.

I guess you could say in a word what I love about the essence of Derek Jeter is respect. This video seriously gives me goosebumps and I hope you can find an appreciation for the essence of the game even if you happen to not care for the Yankees. And yes, my second child is named after him.

The Gate

The way you enter determines the way you’re treated.

The world shows you the wall to climb. Jesus shows you the gate to enter.

John 10:1-10

A Proper Response to Darkness

This post originally appeared in the East Valley Tribune.

Light serves a profound function in our lives. Receive too much or too little of it and you’ll experience both physical and emotional effects. I remember visiting Alaska in the summer and reading a book by sunlight at 2am in the morning. This was a pretty cool experience but it made it quite difficult to sleep at my normal times. I also have many friends who live in Seattle and talk about the lack of sunlight they receive on a regular basis. It’s not uncommon for a person to choose where she lives based on the light available in that state. Light affects everything.

It shouldn’t surprise us then that light serves as an important metaphor for spirituality. The apostle John heard Jesus explain firsthand that He Himself was the light of the world (John 8:12, 9:5). After years of reflecting on this, John would later teach us that “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth” (1 John 1:5a-6).

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