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Bus: Why Am I Doing This?

posted by rgaffney

Every year I go back up to Madison Wisconsin for some Continuing Education. I made the decision not to fly this year, Instead I’m going to take a Greyhound Bus Rather then spend about 2 hours on a plane, I’ll […]

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What We’re Up Against

posted by rgaffney

There’s a lunch I go to when I can at another ministry house on campus. They gather to eat mostly organic local food, and It’s free, so win/win! But the Spiritual Director had hoped it would foster just a bit […]

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Patronage Part 2

posted by rgaffney

So a long time ago I wrote a post about Patronage. I’ve linked it here, and you should click over and read it, because seriously It’s been a while. There I introduced to to the economic concept of supporting something, […]

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Waiting

posted by rgaffney

It seems to be a common problem in Christendom that we feel like we are stuck waiting. It’s not a problem I am at all unfamiliar with At one point in my life I was waiting for a church to […]

On Lying

posted by rgaffney

I had a friend back in California who’s mother was completely opposed to the consumption of dairy products. her father on the other hand was more lenient on the subject, and it was a significant childhood memory for her that […]

The Banality Of Evil Part II

posted by rgaffney

I hijacked a term in my previous post in order to make a point about how sucky and lame evil is. The words “Banality of Evil” come originally from Hannah Arendt. “Banal” means trivial or common. So I first used […]

The Banality Of Evil

posted by rgaffney

It’s common, when telling stories about good versus evil to try to make good sound extra special heroic. We want the good guys, whoever they are to seem to have overcome ridiculous odds, because after all a little good can […]

Making Your Stand Against the Darkness

posted by rgaffney

In case you needed a reminder that our battle is not against flesh and blood…

Peculiar

posted by rgaffney

After camp I drove a couple of my students back home to Kansas. It was good to have the time with the three of them to engage and hear about camp from their perspective. As a ministry we always try […]

Hot Sauce

posted by rgaffney

The head of our Inner-City Mission Project is named Gerry Gerry is a great old man, very wise and very neurotic, a few months ago at a staff conference I sat down with him for breakfast. “Where did you get […]

Allie

posted by rgaffney

Last night I came downstairs at camp to find two girls talking “What are you talking about?” “We’re talking about proclamations of faith” “Oh cool, have you come to any sorts of conclusions?” One of the girls, Allie, responded after […]

PowerPoint

posted by rgaffney

Tonight I ran the PowerPoint for the Musical Worship at camp. We have a slideshow with all the words to the worship songs set up on a computer, churches often need a person (or trained monkey) to accomplish the very […]

Summer Camp

posted by rgaffney

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for me to go up to camp again. I’ll be up here for two weeks, but I’ll have internet access, you can expect periodic updates about my thoughts and stories […]

The Ultimate Testimony

posted by rgaffney

I don’t have a good testimony. Most people hate it when I say that, but it’s really true. Some people have awesome testimonies and some peoples testimonies are boring like mine. The great testimony goes something like this: “I was […]

Osama bin Ladin

posted by rgaffney

It just so happens that I was visiting New York City yesterday when Osama Bin Ladin was confirmed dead. After 10 years the long search is over Late yesterday afternoon I drove past Ground Zero, I saw the new One […]

Jesus In Wonderland

posted by rgaffney

“Let’s consider your age to begin with –how old are you” “I’m seven and a half exactly.” “You needn’t say ‘exactually,’” the Queen remarked. ” I can believe it without that. Now I’ll give you something to believe. I’m just […]

The Emergent Emerging Church

posted by rgaffney

I’m just going to come right out and say it. Mark Driscoll can be pedantic at times. But not nearly so much as his followers. This has never been so obvious as with the distinction between “Emerging” and “Emergent.”  Driscoll […]

The Wonderful Plan

posted by rgaffney

If God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life (and I believe he does) Then what is it? It seems to me that the same comfortable North American Christians who like that wording, are the same people […]

God loves you and has a wonderful plan

posted by rgaffney

I suspect you are a Christian. You have probably been a believer for quite some time – 10 to 15 years at least. Do you have to have called yourself a Christian for that long in order to want to read about missionaries? About […]

Why Do We Color Eggs For Easter?

posted by rgaffney

It’s the kind of question that gets asked again every year? So why do we color eggs to celebrate the resurrection of the LORD? I used to pester my mom with this sort of question all the time when I […]

What’s Up With The Title?

posted by rgaffney

Well it’s a Jonah reference. Obviously. But it’s more than that. C.S. Lewis identified himself as “The Most Reluctant Convert,” which is an idea I could relate to, except that I was never really converted (of if I was, it […]

Fear 2.0

posted by rgaffney

Welcome, welcome all Beliefnet readers. It’s great to have you here. As you can see this is not the first blog post I’ve written. it’s just the first I’ve written HERE. I’ve had a grand total of 5 hosts so […]

Jesus Gave Blood For You

posted by rgaffney

Whoops, There was a problem with this post! Maybe you’d rather read something else – such as Why do we color Easter eggs?

The TARDIS

posted by rgaffney

There is a delightfully geeky young girl I know who left a status on facebook several months ago which I took note of. It has persisted in my memory as one of my all time favorite status updates. It said: […]

God’s boulder-lifting capabilities

posted by rgaffney

It’s a question as old as time itself. No, actually it’s medieval in origin — dating to around the 12th century: Could God create a boulder so heavy that he himself could not lift it? There is an older version dating […]

What Is Best In Life?

posted by rgaffney

Back in California I once took a bike trip down the coast with a buddy. We stayed in campsites at night and sampled the local food along the way. I can't express the exhilaration one feels when they are on […]

Learn the Original English

posted by rgaffney

I love the doing Greek word studies. Sometimes I think I even αγάπη it. Or perhaps it’s more of an Ἔρως…It’s sexy, I dig it. I like big bibles and I cannot lie. And I love that I get to […]

What Are We In Favor Of Again?

posted by rgaffney

Christians are against abortion, gay marriage, and evolution. Against the continuing decay of moral values, and the increased need to be “PC” at the expense of frank honesty. We’re against socialism, communism, fascism, and liberalism. We disagree with postmodernism, nihilism, […]

HOLY $#/+!

posted by rgaffney

I want to talk a bit about some f***ing profanity. I feel strange doing it. I find myself asking “Really? This is the most important thing to talk about right now?” But I honestly think it is. Not as an […]

Opposing the Devil

posted by rgaffney

So I have a confession. I’ve been watching the show “Reaper” on The CW. I know, I know, guys like me aren’t supposed to watch formulaic pulp comedies like Reaper, We’re supposed to be reading stuff and watching NOVA reruns… […]

My Car

posted by rgaffney

I had no idea, not the vaguest hint, yesterday morning as I woke up, I would be saying goodbye to my 1995 Toyota 4Runner I had been worried about a sore throat that I felt was coming on, which would […]

Christ’s Alignment

posted by rgaffney

It’s clear to me where Christ stands on the scale of Alignment he is obviously Neutral Good, The same alignment as Dirty Harry, the same as Spiderman, Luke Skywalker, The Boondock Saints, and The Doctor. Jesus cares about others more […]

Alignment

posted by rgaffney

Christians don’t like Dungeons & Dragons as a rule. We generally suspect that it just may possibly be a little bit The Devil. But since when have I ever payed attention to christian social conventions? I think D&D provides some […]

Storage Unit II

posted by rgaffney

I wrote previously about my thoughts as I moved my few worldly possessions into a storage unit. I want to take a post and talk about the conclusion to those thoughts At the time I questioned the impulse to keep […]

A ·~A

posted by rgaffney

Note: This is Part 4 is a series on Santa Clause. If you are reading through the archives you will want to Start with Part 1, and then read 2, and 3 before this one. In the last three posts […]

Books

posted by rgaffney

Today as I was unpacking my books to shelve them in my new home I came across an oddity. It was a 1,000 page full A+ Certification Guide for the “New and Updated” 1998 exam. A+, in case you don’t […]

Patronage

posted by rgaffney

Once upon a time there were only two jobs a person could have: Hunter or Gatherer. There were no Pastors then, no Artists, no Personal Enrichment Gurus. Over time our economic system expanded, we developed farming for plants and animals, […]

Newsletter Article

posted by rgaffney

This is an article I wrote for the newsletter at the church I used to work at. It was published, in a modified form. Now that I have this audience I thought I'd share it with you. In case you […]

On Dating

posted by rgaffney

I feel, that in the church in particular dating has become terribly overcomplicated to the great detriment of many of our relationships. For the sake of all Men, I’d like to make a few things clear -The bible has passages […]

Language Learning

posted by rgaffney

I believe that the language a person speaks is one of the most important, if not the very most important factor in determining how they think. If you speak English you think in English, and that comes with all sorts […]

Protecting the Sanctity of Marriage.

posted by rgaffney

Would somebody please explain to me how having a battle with the federal government in the courts about the interpretation of the constitution is supposed to protect the sanctity of a God ordained institution between men and women. Seriously, use […]

I Didn ‘ t Know Any Worse

posted by rgaffney

All those years ago today, I can remember where I was… I was a sophomore in high school, we got at about 7 in the morning, before breakfast, he said that something terrible had happened, and I should turn on […]

A Creed

posted by rgaffney

I’ve been working for a while on a new kind of creed. I want to figure out what a belief statement would look along the lines of the Apostles or Nicean creed, that focused less on the historical facts, and […]

Not Exactly My Fault

posted by rgaffney

I was going through my phone tonight. Particularly the notepad app where I store little tidbits of information that I don’t want to write on scraps of paper lest I lose them. Contact info, driving directions, ideas for books, those […]

The Car Accident Incident

posted by rgaffney

A strange thing happened the other night… I was out for a walk late at night, and I found that the intersection by my house was all blocked off in police tape because of an accident, walking by I could […]

Bread

posted by rgaffney

So I’ve been learning to bake this year, and in my experimentation I found to my great joy that bread is incredible when the 5tsp or so or butter is substituted for ½ cup of Bacon grease. Further proof of […]

CTR

posted by rgaffney

I finally found my CTR ring again. I’d taken it off for a shower nearly a year ago and thought it was gone forever. While I’m celebrating I thought I’d take some time to explain on the internet what so […]

One Last Camp Thought

posted by rgaffney

Okay, So I know the last 3 posts have been theologically light and about TLC, but trust me, you do not want 2 months full of updates about what it's like to fund-raise. And this is the last one I promise. After what […]

Nerd Girls

posted by rgaffney

At camp I was able to offer a valuable lesson to someone who had never heard it before. I thought that if she hadn’t heard it then maybe ya’ll would benefit from it also, so here’s the story: While sitting […]

Teen Leadership Camp

posted by rgaffney

I spent last weekend up at camp. I was volunteering with my old church for “Teen Leadership Camp” an extension/clone of “Royal Family Kids Camp” for Jr. High and High School Youth in the foster system. The idea of both […]

Storage Unit

posted by rgaffney

Today I bought a storage unit so I could move out of the apartment I've been renting and make way for a new tenant. I'll just couch surf for a couple of weeks until I'm ready to move to Kansas. […]

Excommunicated

posted by rgaffney

I’ve been kicked out of my church. I’m a protestant and we don’t use the word excommunication, but we do unfortunately have vindictive congregants who start malicious rumors which persuade leaders to ask other congregants not to return. And that’s […]

I ‘ m Not Going To Africa

posted by rgaffney

Earlier this week I finally got the call from a pastor at the church who’s college ministry disfellowshipped me… If this sounds convoluted or insane, that’s because it’s both. He informed me that if by any chance I no longer […]

On Valleys In The Christian Life

posted by rgaffney

Tomorrow I will be sworn into membership of the church I’ve been going to since summer. It’s going to be the first church that I’ve belonged to since my parents split up. Now I dunno what it is, maybe It’s […]

Oh Lord, If You Get Me Out Of This I ’ll Do Anything…

posted by rgaffney

…Even go to Africa and help the pygmies! It turns out I’m going to go do just that. I don’t know why every person trying to bargain with God for their lives in a movie makes that offer, it makes […]

Rock, Paper, Apologetics

posted by rgaffney

In my short life I’ve done considerable study of the Christian based religions that deviate from the ecumenically agreed upon orthodoxy. In other words, “cults” I’ve spent quite a bit of time on Mormonism in particular, but also looked closely […]

Faith: A Crisis of the Evidence of Things Hoped For

posted by rgaffney

I’ve been wrestling with the understanding of faith from a 1st century perspective for 2 years now, I haven’t gotten to any solid ground, but I promised you all some half baked theories, so I’d like to share where I […]

Sandwhiches

posted by rgaffney

I go to a post-contemporary service at a Presbyterian church…. I realize that’s a little odd, but I'm going to have to suggest that you get used to it because it’s one of the less paradoxical aspects of my walk… […]

Surfboards Cars And Unicycles

posted by rgaffney

You guys still don’t know me out there, I want to do the normal blog thing for a post and talk about my day, That way you can get some perspective on the kind of person talking to you. I […]

Lent

posted by rgaffney

So Ash Wednesday was this last Wednesday… that can only mean one thing! It’s Lent. Happy Lent Everyone!!! …Can I say that? …Sad lent?….Contemplative lent? I really don’t know. Either way it’s lent, and that’s what I’m going to talk […]

First Post

posted by rgaffney

Hello and welcome to the dreaded first blog! The first blog has got to be the hardest to write because it is the blog that everyone goes back to and reads “how did this get started” and all that. So […]

Previous Posts

Voy A Mexico
Today I am leaving for Monterrey, Mexico. People keep asking me if it’s a mission trip or a vacation. I like that they have to ask. It’s mostly a vacation. I have a friend down there, and I live nearby, and I like tacos. But the more I think about why people keep asking me if it’s missio

posted 9:59:45am Mar. 13, 2015 | read full post »

Theologically Correct
Lord I lift your name on High Lord I long to sing your praises I'm so glad you're in my life I’m so glad you came to save us You came from heaven to earth to show the way from the earth to the cross my debt to pay from the cross to the grave from the grave to Peter, and then to the 11, an

posted 12:17:00am Mar. 04, 2015 | read full post »

The Majority Of Scholars
There is a phrase I have been hearing a lot, which I have come to detest. “The majority of scholars agree that…” It is raised in bar rooms and classrooms, it comes up in discussions about every subject, at seemingly every level. It is a useless thing to say. I understand why a person would be

posted 10:55:15pm Feb. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About “Troublesome Lesbians”
There is an article Here (I hesitate to link it lest I help propagate the popularity of the article) it is titled “When Two Lesbians Walk Into a Church Seeking Trouble” and features the story of a wonderfully loving and accepting church and how their Christian nonjudgementalism softened the hear

posted 12:19:45pm Mar. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Ghosts
Last year at this time I was sitting in Varsity Donuts trying to make sense of living in Rural Kansas while not actively working for InterVarsity (My term ended February 2013) Today I’m back in the same Donut shop to visit, a Seminarian, still making sense of my experiences here, many of which I w

posted 8:23:00pm Mar. 12, 2014 | read full post »

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