Lost UNC Dog!

Crying her eyes out, the UNC
grad approached the policeman
and said that her dog, Fido, was lost.

The officer suggested that she
put an ad in the paper.

The UNC grad replied, "Well,
I thought of that, but I decided
against it."

"Why did you decide against it?"
asked the officer.

"I remembered that my dear little
Fido can't read," sniffed the UNC grad.


Margaret Manning - RZIM said...

The Landscape of Disruption

The streets were cluttered with trash instead of decorated with flowers.
The houses had tarps for roofs, and often no roofs at all. The river
water served for bathing, elimination, and drinking water. Bloated
stomachs were not full; they were ravaged by parasites. Giant sloths hung
lazily from the lush trees seemingly unaware, unaffected, and unbothered by
the poverty and disease around them, and pet monkeys and parrots had ample
food thrown their way. Yet countless numbers of children searched for
food or other treasures among the dirt and filth of garbage piles. Still,
laughter, singing, and smiles abounded, and the diverse landscape exuded an
exotic vibrancy.

These composite impressions come from my visit to Brazil, a vast and
geographically rich country with some of the most impoverished areas in
the world. This visit to Brazil several years ago was a vivid example of
the experience of personal disruption. Growing up in suburban Illinois,
with uniformly similar looking roofed houses, with more than enough food,
clothing, and resources to take care of my needs and wants did not prepare
me for this encounter with a land of unspeakable beauty and desolation. My
disruptive encounter prompted many questions: Why did I have so much when
others had so little? What could I do to make any real difference in
their situation, and if I could make a difference, what would that look
like? More importantly, was this encounter for me to make a difference,
or for a difference to be made in me?

Disruption, as Webster's New Riverside Dictionary defines it, can
either be seen as an event that creates confusion and/or disorder, or can
be seen as something that interrupts.(1) Of course, disruption creates
both. When our beliefs are contradicted by our experience, or challenged
by competing and compelling alternatives, we feel disruption. When we
encounter something radically different than anything we've known or
experienced, such as I did in Brazil, we experience disruption. When
human relations are frayed or fractured, we experience disruption.
Disruption interrupts our perceived self-efficacy and control, and
confuses all that we've come to rely on and trust.

Yet, the interruptions caused by disruption can set us on a new course,
and introduce us to a whole new horizon much as they did for the early
followers of Jesus. Of course, the greatest example of disruption for the
disciples played itself out in the events of the Crucifixion. Entering
Jerusalem filled with Messianic hope on Palm Sunday, the disciples
believed Jesus to be the new King of Israel fulfilling what had been
promised to David long ago. Imagine their horror, then, when surrounded
in that dark garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was hauled away like a common
criminal. Their ideas about the Messiah were disrupted. Instead of royal
exaltation, Jesus was lifted up onto a cross of untold suffering and agony.
Plans to sit on Jesus's left and right as rulers in his kingdom were
scattered and interrupted, just as quickly as the disciples fled away that
terrible night.

But the disruption of the Cross would not be the last word. Rather, it is
the disruption of the Resurrection that interrupted all that was known
about the natural course of life and death, the ideas about the Messiah,
and the reality of God's kingdom. The disruption of the Resurrection
affirmed Jesus as God's Messiah and transformed a group of scattered,
fearful, disciples into the heralds of God's new direction. Peter, the
denier, became Peter, the proclaimer. Preaching the first sermon after
Pentecost, Peter persuaded those listening that "God raised Jesus up
again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for
him to be held in its power....Therefore, let all the house of Israel know
for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah" (Acts
2:24; 36).

God, the Disrupter interrupted their plans, their ideas, and their entire
lives. As a result of this cosmic disruption, everything changed. Rather
than scattering in fear, those early Christians gathered together sharing
their resources, giving to those in need, and using their possessions for
the benefit of one another (Acts 2:42-47). In the same way, God desires
the resurrection of Jesus to disrupt our lives, to interrupt our current
way of living in order to send us off in a new direction. God intends the
disruption of resurrection, much as my encounter with Brazil disrupted my
world, to make a difference in us--a difference so disrupting that it
alters and changes the way we think, the way we envision the landscape
around us, and the way we live in this world. Author Debbie Blue sums up
resurrection disruption by saying, "Resurrection is a little unnerving,
unsettling, because it basically goes against what we know, contradicts
everything we take to be absolute about the nature of history and the
reality in which we live. It's a toppling of the earthly order,
overthrowing familiarity. It doesn't play according to the rules we
accept as necessary. If the dead can come back to life...what does that
mean about all the other realities, rules that order our lives, that we
take for granted? [Resurrection] not everything you already's a whole different landscape."(2) The disruption of the
Resurrection alters everything, every vista, every horizon. Has it
disrupted you?

Margaret Manning is associate writer at Ravi Zacharias International
Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary, Revised Edition (Boston:
Houghton Mifflin, 1996), 202.
(2)Sensual Orthodoxy (St. Paul, Minnesota: Cathedral Hill Press,
2004), 108-109.

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A man passing an orchard noticed a farmer who was
a UNC grad with a herd of pigs gathered around his feet.
The farmer was holding a pig up above his shoulder so it
could bite off an apple. Then, he put the pig down and
raised another, then another.

The passerby shouted to the farmer: "Why don't you just
shake the tree and let the apples fall on the ground? That
would save a lot of time."

The farmer responded, "What do pigs care about time?"

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