Mother Teresa once told today’s guest, “Calcutta’s are everywhere if we’ll only have eyes to see. Find your Calcutta.”
As this episode explores what it means to live our lives as ordinary radicals doing small things with great love, Shane Claiborne’s contagious joy inspires each of us to reimagine a better world by coming alongside the most vulnerable of our world with big love and genuine relationship.
Shane is a champion for grace, as well as a prominent speaker, activist, best-selling author and founder of The Simple Way.
“There are so many different things that we can do but it begins with an encounter and with a relationship. And then what’s so important is what Mother Teresa said. She said, ‘What’s important is not how much we do but how much love we put into doing it. We’re not called to do great things, we’re called to do small things with great love.’ And if enough people are doing small things with great love, it moves the world.” —Shane Claiborne
- Our community (The Simple Way) has become little demonstration plots for the Kingdom of God. —Shane Claiborne
- That return to wonder — to wonder at the beauty of creation and life, that’s part of what we’re doing. —Shane Claiborne
- In the end, radical is about, I think, going back to the basics, the fundamentals of what it means to love our neighbours as ourself and care for creation … to imagine the world as God intended it to be. So I’m not adverse to the word radical. —Shane Claiborne
- When I look at history, history is filled with people who refused to accept the world as it is and insisted on moving the world towards what it should be … and they were troublemakers, they were holy mischief-makers, they went to jail, they were very unpopular. —Shane Claiborne
- Normal is not working for a lot of the world. —Shane Claiborne
- When I look at our world, I think we’re really good at hiding behind things. Whether it’s an office cubicle or a picket fence or a gated neighbourhood, and we end up living often very lonely, isolated lives, and I’m convinced that we are made to love and be loved. —Shane Claiborne
- Should it be normal for 90 people a day to die from guns? I refuse for that to be normal. Should it be normal that 30 of our schools in Philadelphia go bankrupt at the same time that schools a ½ hour away are getting smart boards and iPad’s? I think these inequities should make us uncomfortable, especially for those of us that are trying to live our life under this beautiful invitation to love our neighbour as ourself. —Shane Claiborne
- Everything in our world is teaching us to move away from the pain, away from the suffering, away from neighbourhoods where people don’t look like us, or where folks might struggle financially. And yet, everything I see in the Gospel is about moving towards the suffering of the world. —Shane Claiborne
- The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. —Frederick Buechner
- Following Jesus is simple but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. —Mother Teresa
- The real test of our faith is how it demonstrates itself in concrete acts of love and relational compassion with the most vulnerable people in our world. So let’s live into that love. —Shane Claiborne
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Shane is a champion for grace, which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty.
Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns (2018, forthcoming).
He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.
Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Melting gun event: May 16, 2018
- Raw Tools shop and website
- Shane Claiborne’s website
- Shane’s community — The Simple Way
- The God Journey podcast
- Moses and the Burning Bush — Exodus 3
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