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How have modernity and postmodernity distorted how we understand the gospel? Jon Wilson, in his Why Church Matters, asks this question in chp 7: “Discipleship as Human Flourishing.” And we start with a bang:

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While in Denmark Kris and I tasted Baresso Coffee — the Danish Starbuck’s — and we also had some Ictus Fair Trade coffee. Indeed, we brought some home. And when we got home, my friend and former student, Bob Robinson, […]

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Not only is Jesus the “Sabbath rest” himself (Matthew 11:28-30), Jesus embodies what he means by being the Sabbath rest in 12:1-8 (where Torah expresses mercy and love of others) and in 12:9-14 (where he shows that showing mercy to […]

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Anne Fadiman is. In her collection of essays, At Large and At Small, she opens the door to her life of collecting butterflies and, as time moves forward, speaks of a Darwin-like obsession with finding, storing, and labeling all things […]

The other day I mentioned at the very end of my last post about Oase that “our” book, A Community called Atonement, was soon coming out. Tony Jones gave me the “bid-neth” for using the old-fashioned, formal, if not pretentious […]

Missional Jesus, plain and simple, didn’t follow the rules. And here’s something to think about: there is very little difference at the phemenological level between the Torah and one’s interpretation of the Torah. So, even if we say, “Jesus didn’t […]

In the 3d chp of Gilbert Meilaender’s exquisite volume, The Way That Leads There, we are treated to a meandering through Augustine’s City of God in quest of a Christian perception of politics. After last night’s debate and as we […]

Because of a recent letter, I have a few questions today: Do you have a theology of pets? Do you find some are so committed to their pets they are incapable of serving humans? What kind of theology of pet-care […]

Missional Jesus is self-oriented. I once referred to this as the justifiable egocentrism of Jesus. Some don’t like the expression; I do. Here’s why:

What is the best analogy to “church”? In Kester Brewin’s newly-republished book, Signs of Emergence: A Vision for the Church that is Organic/Networked/Decentralized/Bottom-up/Communal/Flexible {Always Evolving} (Baker, 2007), the analogy of an organism that emerges is preferred. In this book — […]

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