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Politics and the Church

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The NY Times article on Greg Boyd’s church in Minneapolis is catching attention. Why? (Below.)

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Kids and Dogs and Mary, O My!

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About two weeks ago, Lukas and Annika arrived for a wedding of friends (and former students of mine), so we all went to the wedding. Then a day or so later, Lukas and Annika flew to Florida so Luke could […]

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The Case for Liberal Evangelicals 4

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Evolution or intelligent design, science or faith? Those are the questions that shape chp 4 of Randall Balmer’s Thy Kingdom Come. Once again, his points sharpen the debate as they create controversy. Here are his central claims:

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Prayer for the Week

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A Blessing, from the Celtic Prayer website: Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing, God never changeth! Patient endurance attaineth to all things; who God possesseth in nothing is wanting; alone God sufficeth. + In the […]

I’ve been tagged by J-Marie

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On one of the comments on my post response to Jordon Cooper, I was asked these questions by J-Marie:

Weekly Meanderings

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A nice interview with Anne Lamott about prayer and faith. Part one, Part two.

Friday is for Friends 4

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Epstein suggests in the second half of his sixth chapter on Friendship: An Expose, eight reasons why friendship as an art, as a preoccupation, or as a core value is no longer what it was. Wondering what you think of […]

The Case for Liberal Evangelicals 3

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In a delicious irony, I was finishing up Balmer’s 3d chapter on education and democracy while on the TV in the living room Ann Coulter was being interviewed by Chris Mathews on MSNBC. They were outside; young students were in […]

Romans 7-8: Summary theses

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NT Wright has a lengthy, ten-point summary of Romans 7:1–8:11. Here are this theses:

Leon Morris: My Tribute

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I was notified yesterday that Leon Morris, the great New Testament scholar from Australia, died Monday afternoon in Melbourne. He was 92. I was fortunate to have been a teacher at Trinity seminary when Leon Morris was retired and doing […]

Heretic’s Guide to Eternity 1

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A while back I posted on our brief visit with Spencer Burke, creator of TheOoze.com. At the time I mentioned that Spencer had written a new book that gives a twist to universalism called The Heretic’s Guide to Heaven. On […]

The Spirit is Life

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Christians, according to Romans 8:9-11, are not in the flesh. They are in the Spirit. That, Paul would argue, is the difference between those in Christ and those not in Christ. What does having the Spirit mean?

How many of us are there?

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Jordon Cooper, blogger par excellence (I used that French because he’s Canadian and want to establish a little credibility), posted about me yesterday and I aim to set the record straight today. He wonders if there is a clone out […]

The Case for Liberal Evangelicals 2

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Randall Balmer’s book, Thy Kingdom Come, turns in chp 2 to ask this question: “Where have all the Baptists Gone?” and looks at the First Amendment. Here’s the overall thesis of the chapter: “America needs more Baptists — real Baptists, […]

Spirit Indicators

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The indicator that a mind is set on the things of the Spirit, according to Romans 8:5-8, is to submit to “God’s law”. Here are the kinds of things Paul says:

Deal on The Jesus Creed

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Would you?

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If asked, would you participate in a Discovery adventure into outerspace? I got to thinking about this when I saw the picture of those on board of this new space exploration and experiment. Here are my thoughts:

Jesus Mean and Wild

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Last night I discussed on Extension 720 Mark Galli’s bood, Jesus Mean and Wild. I’m not sure about the word “mean,” for what Galli means is not really a dictionary definition — he’s speaking of the stern Jesus, of the […]

“For God did”

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“… what the Torah, weakened by the flesh, could not do.” So Romans 8:3. What could the Torah not do?

The Case for Liberal Evangelicals 1

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Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America, An Evangelical’s Lament, by Randall Balmer, is bound to create some controversy for those who read it and who are willing to face the tough suggestions and […]

WGN Extension 720 Tonight

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Tonight, on WGN Radio (listen) from 9pm-11pm on Extension 720, I will be interviewed along with Mark Galli, editor at Christianity Today, and author of Jesus Mean and Wild by Milt Rosenberg. Our conversation will be about Mark’s book and […]

The question for Noll and Nystrom

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Mark Noll and Caroyln Nystrom’s book, Is the Reformation Over?, with this post is now over for the immediate future. Without getting into every chp, and there were some good chps left, I do want to offer what I see […]

In Christ

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For NT Wright, everything pertaining to redemption occurs in Christ — Christ does it all and those who are “in” Christ get it all. What those in Christ get is the Spirit. Those in the Spirit are released from the […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon all your faithful people your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass […]

Birds

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Kris’ paternal grandmother, known to us as Grandma Willie (her real name was Willamina), taught me to watch birds. I’m grateful to her for it. Sitting on my back porch recently with Lukas and Annika, I watched the sudden flash […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Post of the week: Dan Kimball’s piece on the value of Gandalfs (the wisdom of the older generation) is worth printing out and pinning to the wall near your desk.

California Sites

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Today I’ll post some pictures of our time in California. On Thursday morning we got up and headed up to Lake Arrowhead. Didn’t read the map quite right, got off on some traffic-laden street, went beyond the mountain road to […]

Friday is for Friends 3

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Joseph Epstein’s Friendship: An Expose asks in chp 5 an important question that we often do not ask ourselves, but in our more cynical moments we recognize ourselves in an affirmative answer to the question: “Is friendship, when stripped down […]

Is the Reformation over? 5

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Just in case you haven’t heard of it, in the early 1990s Richard John Neuhaus (editor of First Things) and Charles Colson (who needs no intro to most of you) began a fruitful dialogue that has led to four “Evangelical […]

No Condemnation

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Paul is fond of jumping ahead in his argument, and sometimes it makes us feel like we haven’t figured out the previous section. Though not as prominent as it might have been, lurking (like some of you readers) around chp […]

California Humor

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We Midwesterners don’t take earthquakes lightly. Our family has been in one, and I thought it was spooky. Give me a tornado anytime: get to the basement and by and large you’ll be safe. So, when we checked in to […]

Is the Reformation over? 4

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Where do you find Roman Catholic theology? Now, before we go too far, let me make this point: Evangelicals tend to define themselves and therefore everyone else by their doctrinal statement. (This has given rise, in part, to the emerging […]

Rock Bottom Reality

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“So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin” (Rom 7:25). Earlier the “mind” was the “inmost self” (7:22), so when speaking […]

Emergicana 2

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I got an e-mail from Dan Kimball when Kris and I were at Marko and Jeannie Oestreicher’s home in Rancho San Diego. He included for laughs evidence that he was reading Embracing Grace, so I thought I’d document the evidence […]

Is the Reformation over? 3

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Here’s the question I propose to you regarding Noll and Nystrom’s book, Is the Reformation Over?: How significant are ecumenical dialogues for (1) the RC Church as a whole and (2) for lay level understandings of the RC faith? Here’s […]

The Struggling “I”

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Here are Paul’s central theses in 7:14-20: (1) the Torah is spiritual, but (2) the “I” is fleshly. When the “I” tries to do what it wants and can’t, that proves that the “I” is under the control of “sin” […]

Emergicana 1

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Last Friday, after getting a phone call the day before from Spencer Burke to see if we could stop by his home on Newport Beach on our way down to San Diego, we found our way down a few busy […]

Is the Reformation over? 2

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Noll and Nystrom, in their Is the Reformation Over?, chp 3, see the shifts that occurred in the 1950s to concern four, yea five, things: changes within the Catholic Church, in world Christianity, in American politics and society, in the […]

The “I” is captive to sin and flesh

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Romans 7:12 ends with the Torah being holy and just and good. So, Paul now has to ask, Did that which is good become that which is sinful? Nope. That misunderstands things, Paul argues. The problem is the abounding reality […]

Youth Leadership Institute

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Kris and I were in California last Thursday through Saturday, and I want to record some thoughts here about our days there. We were guests of Robin Dugall, director of Youth Leadership Institute which is held annually at Azusa Pacific […]

Is the Reformation over? 1

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A major shift is afoot. It is a substantial, however incomplete, rapprochement with Roman Catholicism on key issues. What issues? Justification? Yes. Really? Yes. And others? Yes, others too. What has happened in the theological world since the 1950s when […]

Is the Torah sin?

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That’s the question Paul asks in Romans 7:7-12. “That the law is sin?” N.T. Wright: this text “tells the story of the law’s arrival on Sinai and Israel’s recapitulation of the sin of Adam” (562). Some complex stuff here, but […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know my necessities before I ask and my ignorance in asking: Have compassion on my weakness, and mercifully give me those things which for my unworthiness I dare not, and for my […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Busy week, down in links for this Weekly Meanderings. Lukas and Annika were here, I was hard at work on a writing project, and we left for LA and San Diego on Wednesday. Here are some suggested readings. Bob Robinson […]

Friday is for Friends 2

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Joseph Epstein’s Friendship: An Expose turns in chps 3 and 4 to two more topics: best friends and how to kill friendships. This is not a review or even a description, but the simple recording of some quotations and some […]

Who said this?

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I’ve edited only slightly. God can show Himself as He really is only to real people. And that means not simply to people who are individually good, but to people who are united together in a body, loving one another, […]

Who is “I”?

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This is not bad grammar, but a potent question: “Who is the ‘I’ of Romans 7?” There are several possibilities and we’ll do well to get these in mind before we look at his chapter.

Atheism

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Kris and I are in San Dimas, CA, where I will be speaking to the Youth Leadership Institute in conjunction with Robin Dugall, a professor at Azusa Pacific. We should have access to the internet throughout the day, so … […]

Jesus at Harvard

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In 1912 George Santayana taught a course at Harvard on Jesus, but no one taught another course on Jesus at Harvard until 1982, a full seventy years, when Harvey Cox did so. Cox was known to me in my college […]

How Long Does the Law Last?

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Until Christ. That’s the short answer. The Torah was added to the Covenant promises of Genesis 12 and 15 in order to put into bold relief for Israel its sinfulness. And Paul makes it clear in Romans 7:1 that he […]

Zealotry: A Danger

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A personal e-mail yesterday from a blog reader, RJS, suggested another idea for this series on zealotry. What is the impact of a high fences or thick fences? That is, what happens when one is accustomed to dwell in the […]

Apologetics

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I’m not sure what you think of apologetics, but I’ve always had this sneaking suspicion that apologetics bolsters the faith of those who already believe. I think it sometimes impacts those who don’t believe, and we’d be foolish to create […]

Does God accept us as we are?

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Tom Wright says “no.” Grace, he says, does reach down to us where we are but that same grace, because of the death and resurrection of Christ, is transformative; God’s grace doesn’t accept but transform. But, he does come back […]

All-Star Game: America’s Classic?

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One of my high school history teachers, a certain Mr. Martin, used to announce that he went to church 50 weeks a year. He avoided the two remaining Sundays, nothing less than Christmas and Easter, for those who didn’t come […]

Zealotry 5: How to avoid it

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If I had an easy solution to the problem of zealotry, I wouldn’t need to write about it because an easy solution would create a situation were zealotry would not appear. The issues are complex, they involve human nature, and […]

In the Employ of Justice for Sainthood

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I’m struck once again by Paul’s comment in Romans 6:18: “You have been set from sin and have become slaves to righteousness [justice].” We naturally think of New World Slavery when we think of the word “slave,” but in Paul’s […]

Jogging

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I gave up jogging long ago. Why? I’m so competitive I couldn’t jog for my health’s sake. I had to have a stop watch, and then a chart, and then personal records — for each day of the week, and […]

Zealotry 4

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Zealotry is to construct rules beyond the Bible and, in so doing, to consider oneself immune from criticism because of radical commitment. What we have learned is that such a radical commitment is actually a fearful commitment rather than a […]

Mastered by Grace

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“It is now technically impossible,” NT Wright says, “for the Christian to present his own or her own self to sin, since the self has died with Christ and been raised ‘ini order to live to God’.” But, Wright is […]

Prayer for the Week

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O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your servants who call upon you, and grant that we may know and understand what things we ought to do, and thatwe also may have the grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; […]

Alive Emerging Church

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From a former student now involved in an emerging missional church near Seattle, who wrote me when I asked about what he was doing this summer. One theme for emerging folks is the need to transform “church” from “weekend attendance” […]

Top Ten Books on Prayer

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I’ve been asked what are my top books on prayer. Since I covered “prayer books” (as a book with prayers rather than teaching about prayer) in Praying with the Church, I’ll focus here on books that teach us about prayer. […]

Our Walks

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Kris and I take a walk each day. On weekdays we usually have a salad and then walk around Butler Lake. Lukas sent us this link to “our walk.” A tad over 2 miles. Here we’ve kept check on a […]

Weekly Meanderings

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John Frye is a must read. So is #2 in the series. Impossible. It got me. (HT: Hamo) Andrew Perriman has a good post on characteristics of an emerging theology. (HT: TSK)

Dan Kimball’s Prayerful Farewell

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The Axis Saturday evening service has ended (Gene Appel explains), and already a significant emerging church leader, Dan Kimball, has expressed his prayerful gratitude for what Axis has meant to the church. You’ve got to read this piece, the last […]

Zealotry 3

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Zealotry is the choice to protect holiness by living beyond what the Bible says, and it finds in that zeal a source of immunity from being wrong. I contend that zealotry reflects an absence of trust in God’s Word. Its […]

Friday is for Friends 1

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Joseph Epstein, plain and simple, is my favorite writer. In one calendar year I read about a dozen of his books and it saddened me when I came to the end of his non-fiction. I did buck up and read […]

Our Co-Co Life

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Here are Tom Wright’s words at the end of Romans 6:11: “If someone challenged him [Paul] and said that sin and death were just as powerful to them as they had been before their coming to faith, he would reply […]

Zealotry 2

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Zealotry is the Christian theory, never expressed consciously, that if we are more zealous than the Bible we are immune from criticism. After all, we’ve done at the least what the Bible says and more! Zealotry leads to a life […]

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

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When driving in a classic, I think 1947, car, this is one thing the driver shouldn’t be doing. Classical cars and these just don’t mix. Click on the photo to enlargen it.

How big is baptism to you?

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Nearly every human being with a taste for mischief explores what Paul says in Romans 5. If sin’s forgiveness magnifies grace, why not just sin? Paul’s answer might surprise some of us.

Zealotry 1

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This will be a heavy series. I hope to generate conversation, some consternation, and (at the end of the day) some light. Here’s my big point: Some evangelicals have been tossing sharp barbs for a long time at “liberals” or […]

An Emergent Village Affirmation of faith?

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I did not see this until July 3d, 2006, more than a year after its publication date. But, signed as it is by the key leaders in the emergent conversation, we find here as close as we are likely to […]

Was Jesus “mean and wild”?

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Mark Galli, editor at Christianity Today, thinks so. His new book, Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God, now out with Baker, enters the fray about Jesus with some unexpected themes.

Behind the Torah, in came Grace

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In Paul’s mind the more sin we can demonstrate the more grace can be discovered. If sin marched into the room after Torah, grace chased sin (and Torah?) out the backdoor!

A Bad Day for Dogs

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Today is July 4th in the USA. Which means fireworks. We once knew of a dog that got so scared it took off running, and got … well, it didn’t surive the mad dash from the booms and pops. Our […]

My World Cup Predictions (and Question)

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Game #1 Regulation: Germany 0, Italy 0. Overtime: Germany 0, Italy 0. Penalty kicks: 5-5. What do they do if that happens? Eventually, somehow, the Germans will win this one.

Freedom

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Today is July 4th, the day the USA celebrates Independence Day and the concept of socio-political freedom. Today’s post contains a prayer and the Declaration of Independence. My own political views about justice and freedom have appeared here and there […]

An Emerging Story

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I was recently interviewed by a master’s student at a local university who is doing research on the emerging church movement. When he e-mailed me a note of thanks, I simply asked this: “Where are you theologically?” Here’s his answer. […]

When the Torah walked through the door

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Romans 5:20 would have shocked the observant Jew of the 1st Century. “The law was added so that the trespass might increase.” Oh, really. That is why God gave the Torah? Here is where it becomes clear that the New […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, you have taught me to keep all your commandments by loving you and my neighbor: Grant me the grace of your Holy Spirit, that I may be devoted to you with my whole heart, and united to others […]

Goodbye to Willow’s Axis (Service)

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We sat in Saturday night to hear Gene Appel, lead pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, explain to the 20-something ministry called Axis what the leadership sees as the next “evolution in Axis.” The Saturday night Axis service will be […]

Announcement: Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Starting July 7th, Friday, I’ll begin a series on my favorite, one-of-a-kind, drop-all-your-other-books-to-read, author, Joseph Epstein, and his new book called Friendship: An Expose. We’ll do maybe two chapters each Friday, and the point won’t be so much to interact […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Who will explore this incident as a parable of the Church at times? (By the way, my thinking has nothing to do with it being women.)

Back Porch Sights

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As I sat on my back porch recently reading a book, I had a visitor. One I had not had in the twenty years we have lived in this home: a Red-headed Woodpecker. We are regularly visited by Yellow-shafted Flickers, […]

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