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Must Everything Change? 14

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Brian McLaren, in Everything Must Change, thinks Jesus counters the current framing story of the equity system. Here’s how:

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Halloween: What do you do?

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We’re not into Halloween much around here, except for the candy part, and Kris decided long ago not to dress the house or our kids up in ghost or witch outfits (or these). So, we have Fall decorations and some […]

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Colossians Remixed 33

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After mentioning that Paul’s ethic in Colossians is a resurrection, ascension, liberation, and eschatological ethic, Walsh and Keesmaat, in Colossians Remixed, contend also that the ethic of Paul is “relational” and “narrative” and (tomorrow’s post) an ethic of secession.

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Is Image Everything? 3

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One of the beefs non Christians have with Christians is their perception that Christians want them to “get saved!” So, Kinnaman and Lyons, in unChristian, study this them in chp. 4. This chp, however, is less about the perception that […]

Halloween Preparations

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About two weeks before Halloween, Kris finds herself pondering what kinds of candy to give to the small number of kids who knock on our door and give us the meaningless options of “Trick or Treat.” About 11 days out […]

Colossians Remixed 32

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Walsh and Keesmaat, in their Colossians Remixed, want to know “what kind of ethic” we find in Colossians 3:1-17. Good discussion follows.

Must Everything Change? 13

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Part 7 of Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Changeconcerns the “equity” system, the system’s ability to balance resources among its people. The question that animates part 7 is this: Why are the poor poor?

Zarley Lectures

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Randall Balmer, professor at Columbia University, will be on campus at NPU today to give the Zarley Lectures. Balmer is an expert on American religious history and has become a specialist on the relationship of evangelicalism to cultural forces — […]

Presbyterians in Evanston

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Friday evening Kris and I drove down to Evanston for an event at 1st Presbyterian Church in Evanston. We had a wonderful time at this historic and influential church in the heart of Evanston.

Colossians Remixed 31

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Walsh and Keesmaat, in their ever-provocative study of Colossians in light of postmodernity, Colossians Remixed, devote a chp to Colossians 3 under the thematic heading of “an ethic of secession.” Today we look at how postmoderns view ethical teachings in […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and […]

Emergent Church Forum

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We are participating in an Emergent Church Forum at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego. The date is Saturday, November 17, from 9am to 11:30am. The panelists are Tony Jones, Diana Butler Bass […]

Weekly Meanderings

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City of next year’s World Series champion:

Do you pray with beads?

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I confess I have never prayed with beads, either the Orthodox kind or the Catholic kind. I confess, though, that I do have a rosary I bought in Asissi and which drapes over a Franciscan cross in my office. So, […]

Friday is for Friends

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Marko Rupnik’s In the Fire of the Burning Bush is an exposition of the Christian life by a Roman Catholic in terms of Eastern Orthodoxy. The book is rich, evocative, and penetrating.

Must Everything Change? 12

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How does Jesus counter the framing story of theocapitalism? Here, from Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change are the four counter framing stories for Jesus.

That Special Christmas Break Book

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Every year I keep my eyes open for the book that I will remember as the book I read over the Christmas break. This year I’ve got mine picked out, and if you like well-written but rich history this is […]

Colossians Remixed 30

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We come to the end of our week with chp 8 in Walsh and Keesmaat’s Colossians Remixed, and this week has focused on their hermeneutical move from ancient text to postmodern world — what they are calling a “targum” on […]

Bellingham Washington

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I’ve been there only once, but Kris and I will be there next weekend again. This time we will be at the Firs. It is an event open to the public and we’d be glad to meet you. The topic […]

Is Image Everything? 2

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In the book unChristian by Kinnaman and Lyons, the first major area they examine where Christians are unChristian concerns hypocrisy. Don’t roll your eyes this time; there are some important things in this chp that I’m not sure are known […]

Breakfast

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What do you eat for breakfast? Some years ago I was at my friend’s, Kermit Zarley’s, home, got up, asked him “What do you eat for breakfast?” and he told me this. Take one container of Yoplait (I think he […]

Colossians Remixed 29

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Now for the final link in the targum of Colossians 3:1-4 by Walsh and Keesmaat (Colossians Remixed).

Must Everything Change? 11

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In Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change we are looking this week at “theocapitalism” (economic idolatry) and how Jesus’ framing story counters theocapitalism.

Red Letter Christians

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We’ve avoided this issue, but Tony Campolo and Stan Guthrie of CT are in a bit of a tiff on the Red Letter Christian issue.

A Political Call

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OK, I’m no politician; nor am I deeply implicated in the political process. But for the love of pete — enough already! Two years of political debate and millions and millions of dollars … do we need this much? Why […]

Colossians Remixed 28

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Now for some more targum from Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed.

Is Image Everything? 1

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About fifteen years ago, so I would guess, Andre Agassi was doing commercials for someone (I can’t remember) in which he said “Image is everything.” How much does the “image” others have of Christians matter? Both the seeker movement and […]

Colossians Remixed 27

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Here is some more of the targum from Walsh and Keesmaat’s work on Colossians (Colossians Remixed). Here they continue to find dynamic equivalence as they seek to guide us in the way of creatively imagining our way into the world […]

Saint James

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Grant, O God, that, following the example of your servant James, the brother of our Lord, your Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; through Jesus Christ our […]

Must Everything Change? 10

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Part 6 of Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change deals with prosperity. I begin with a personal reflection:

Before Women Were Pastors

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That’s a slightly overstated title to this post. There were some pockets of the Church that had women pastors when the incomparable Dorothy Sayers wrote her books. And her influence on the Church remains, and that is why I am […]

Emergence in Austin

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Kris and I really enjoyed the emerging event this past Friday and Saturday in Austin, TX, at Gateway Church (pastor John Burke, ofNo Perfect People Allowed). Here are a few of our thoughts on the weekend that revolved around the […]

Colossians Remixed 26

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This week in Walsh and Keesmaat’s study of Colossians, called Colossians Remixed, they once again move into the territory of targumizing — or updating — Colossians 2:8–3:4, but this time they discuss first the “hermeneutical method” and view of “biblical […]

Pray for the good folks at Pepperdine and in Malibu

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Star’s homes, Pepperdine U. dorms evacuated in California wildfires – CNN.com LA Times story. Pepperdine‘s site is updating.

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ […]

Shift 2008

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I will be leading two breakout sessions at Willow’s Shift 2008 Conference (April 9-11). Our first one will be on how to teach and read the Bible with an emerging generation and the second one on a kingdom/missional life.

Zarley Lectures with Randall Balmer

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Randy Balmer, professor at Columbia and author of numerous books, will be this year’s Kermit Zarley Lecturer. These lectures are open to the public and will be held from 3:30-5pm on Monday and Tuesday, Oct 29 and 30.

Now Brewing

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At the suggestion of more than a half of a dozen of friends, I decided to try the famous Jamaica Blue coffee. So now we are brewing some Jamaica Blue. And we got our Zassenhaus hand grinder. The big advantage: […]

Weekly Meanderings

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If someone other than the Cubs had to win, it’s nice to see it was the Rockies.

Letter

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Scot, Thank you for the Ex-Gays series. It’s spawned a lot of meaningful, transformative conversations and been a pleasure to follow. A few older men have shared their stories, which has been encouraging. I hadn’t planned on writing but feel […]

Friday is for Friends

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I begin today’s post with an admission: I was thinking we’d polish Marko Rupnik’s book,In the Fire of the Burning Bush, off in a three weeks or so. And, after reading that opening section I was wondering if it might […]

Everything Must Change 9

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McLaren’s 22d chp in Everything Must Change is called “Joining Warriors Anonymous.” It is about Jesus’ strategy for dealing with violence and our security crisis.

Colossians Remixed 25

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If knowledge flows from our commitments, is all knowledge relative? So Walsh and Keesmaat ask in Colossians Remixed. The problem one often hears about postmodernity is relativism.

Pray for Dan

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Dan Kimball’s father is suffering and we’re asking for prayers for him and his family.

Ex-Gays? 7

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Our final post on the intense study of Jones and Yarhouse, called Ex-Gays?, asks if the attempt to change sexual orientation and behavior is harmful to the person?

Have you ever?

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Have you ever told a story that got you out of a traffic ticket? I’ll confess to one.

Colossians Remixed 24

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Well, then is a proper Christian approach to truth simply a chastened modernity, a humble objectivism? So Walsh and Keesmaat are asked in Colossians Remixed.

Luke the Evangelist

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On October 18 the Church traditionally celebrates the Evangelist Luke: Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love […]

Everything Must Change 8

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This week we are looking at the first of three global crises we face — security — and how Jesus’ message of the kingdom addresses such a crisis. Today we look at the two chps on the military story we […]

Greg Boyd, Justice and Replicating Calvary

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I’m doing something today I don’t recall ever having done; but enough do it to this site that I’m quite happy to bring a conversation over to this site. I’m copying this whole piece by Greg Boyd: I agree with […]

Colossians Remixed 23

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We are looking at Colossians Remixed and we come again to the question about whether or not truth is “objective.”

A Personal Story

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Here is a letter sent to us. Any comment of mine is worthless.

Ex-Gays? 6

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Can sexual orientation change? This is the question Jones and Yarhouse ask in chp 7 of Ex-Gays?. The consensus of the American Psychological Association (APA) is that orientation cannot change. So, J-Y are testing that claim.

UnChristian

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We will begin a series next Tuesday on the new book by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons called unchristian. This book is about “what a new generation really thinks about Christianity.” The book reminds me of Dan Kimball’s fine book […]

Colossians Remixed 22

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One of the more potent questions folks ask postmodernists is if truth is anything more than, or other than, a rhetoric used by those in power to justify their power? Walsh and Keesmaat address the so-called “objectivity” of truth in […]

Everything Must Change 7

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In Part 5 of Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change Brian begins to look more specifically at the Security System and how Jesus’ message of the kingdom challenges how Christians relate to power and violence and systemic injustices in the world.

What does “kingdom” mean?

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Our posts of late have raised a significant question: What does “kingdom of God” mean? It seems to me that many today have switched their Christian rhetoric from Paul’s word “salvation” to Jesus’ word “kingdom.” But, not as many are […]

Oct 19, 20: Be there!

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We had a conference call the other day about the emerging event in Austin Texas scheduled for October 19 and 20. This will be a highlight event I think. We hear that the registrations are climbing rapidly and some special […]

Colossians Remixed 21

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What is truth? is the question that shapes chp 7 in Walsh and Keesmaat’s Colossians Remixed. The concern of this book is to explore postmodern questions by reading Colossians; they do this creatively and in a variety of ways and […]

Question

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Does anyone know what the little green/neon dot on the back of NFL’s quarterbacks’ helmets is all about?

Prayer for the Week

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Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Above all, let us continue to urge our government and the world to do what it can for those in Myanmar who are being brutalized for standing up for rights and freedom of speech.

Friday is for Friends

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Today we begin looking at Marko Ivan Rupnik, In the Fire of the Burning Bush. Rupnik is a Jesuit, is a director and teacher in Rome, and is also a visual artist. A theme of the first section of this […]

Must Everything Change? 6

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Today we want to look at Part 4 of Brian McLaren,Everything Must Change, called “Reintroducing Jesus.” This section is a bridge to his analysis of the three systems in his chart. So, here goes… [added: I have no idea how […]

Colossians Remixed 20

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But this suggestion of a suffering God and a creation-affirming God of redemption … does this story get carried on by Paul in Colossians or is his gospel the fullness of that gospel? So, we turn to the end of […]

Burr Grinder: Advice?

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We’re interested in purchasing a burr grinder for our coffee beans. I need some expert advice.

This book, Ex-Gays?, is not

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This book, Ex-Gays?, is not an easy read because the authors, Stan Jones and Mark Yarhouse, want this to be seen as an empirically-based study. The prose is fine but this is a serious piece and not your typical storied […]

Tim and Jacob

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Tim Keel, founding pastor at Jacob’s Well in Kansas City, says this: “My former church was a suburban megachurch functioning under Willow Creek’s seeker-targeted church paradigm. I was a naive and idealistic twenty-seven-year-old wanting to call off all bets in […]

Can the Cubs Become Cuban?!

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The story has been around for a long time: the Cubs, the storied franchise that plays at the even more storied Wrigley Field — the finest sports venu in the world, are for sale. And Mark Cuban is clearly thinking […]

Colossians Remixed 19

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Now we are to the big question in Walsh and Keesmaat’s Colossians Remixed: Is Paul’s gospel, especially since it counters the philosophy’s “gospel,” just another rhetorical power play? Is it just another constructed regime of truth?

Must Everything Change? 5

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Here is a window into the heart of Brian McLaren’s deep shift project and in this case the heart is how to express the gospel. He forces the content of the gospel onto the front burner by reframing and “targumizing” […]

Opening in Theology at NPU

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NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY invites applications for a tenure-track position in Biblical and Theological Studies with an interest in teaching Theology in the Western tradition (especially Reformation to the present). The person is also expected to teach Introduction to the Bible […]

Colossians Remixed 18

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In Walsh-Keesmaat,Colossians Remixed, we are exploring how a postmodern world can grapple with Paul’s “totalizing” worldview in Colossians.

Ex-Gays 4

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The subject of Jones and Yarhouse’s Ex-Gays?, whether or not there is evidence that those with homosexual orientation can change that orientation, is not an easy topic to discuss. But, I think we’ve seen that we can talk and learn […]

Crazy jobs I’ve had

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Kris and I were laughing the other day about jobs I’ve had — starting way back in high school. And in the hope some of you will cough up information, bad memories or not, here are some of the jobs […]

Colossians Remixed 17

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So, we remind ourselves from yesterday, what are we to make of Colossians in a postmodern world if Colossians is a worldview text? Another piece of the puzzle we find in Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed.

Must Everything Change? 4

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I didn’t know Brian McLaren, in Everything Must Change, would answer the question that I have been asking of his writings for three years. Here is the question: If Kingdom was Jesus’ answer, what was the question being asked? Or, […]

Ictus Fair Trade Coffee

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Now brewing at our home, Ictus Fair Trade coffee — Cafe de Chiapas. Great aroma and taste. Anyone else know this coffee? We got it when we were in Denmark, and — yes — we’ve got a holding pattern on […]

Colossians Remixed 16

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“Regimes of truth” and the “word of truth” is the subject of chp 6 in Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed. The chp begins with this statement: “The Colossian Christians had trouble on both sides. To many Jews they were heretics, […]

Tony, Bring Your Best

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Tony, coming into Sunday night’s game I was worried the Bears could lose game after game, but now I’m not so sure. I suggest you get the Purple People Eaters up there to get themselves good and ready for a […]

Cub Comments?

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OK, let’s chat about the Cubs. My first comment: we got into the playoffs; we had a good year, much better than last year. This series exposed the same weaknesses the Cubs had all year. What were they?

Interview

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Part two of my interview with Brad Nassif on orthodoxy and evangelicalism.

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Fans everywhere are cheering for the Cubs: in Cincinnati and in Thailand!

Friday is for Friends

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We part company today with a new friend, Tracy Balzer, who in her Thin Places has instructed us and led our conversation about Celtic spirituality. I’ve enjoyed this book and hope you have as well. And what better way to […]

(First Day) is Goldingay

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I try to read a new chp in John Goldingay, OT Theology: Israel’s Gospel, the last week of the month. Well, I had to much to do last week so I’m behind … and now I’ve got some eager readers […]

Reading the Letters of Others

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I love to read the letters and correspondence of historical figures or those in whom I have an interest. And I am a sucker for the letters of C.S. Lewis. I read the original paperback edition twice, and then HarperSanFrancisco […]

Colossians Remixed 15

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W-K, in Colossians Remixed, make the observation that many try to see the “thrones and dominions” (shorthand for the four terms found in Colossians 1:16) in either exclusively political or spiritual (angels, etc) terms.

Ex-Gays 3

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We are committed to understanding the central ideas of Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse, Ex-Gays?, and to do this we want to work our way patiently through their book. The central thesis of this book is that same-sex orientation and […]

What was it really like?

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That is, what what was it really like to be a Christian — a Jewish Christian — in the first few centuries. Here’s a fact: the Church shifted from its original Jewish roots with its Jewish story when it became […]

Colossians Remixed 14

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We’ve been hard on W-K in their commentary on Colossians called Colossians Remixed and I’m being hard on them because I want to see evidence and not just explanation.

A Prayer

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I like this prayer: Almighty and everlasting God, increase in me the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that I may obtain what you promise, make me love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and […]

The Passing of C.F.D. Moule

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We were informed that Professor C.F.D. Moule, the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Cambridge and the doctoral supervisor of my doctoral supervisor, James D.G. Dunn, died Monday. He was 14 months shy of one hundred years old. Moule was […]

Must Everything Change? 3

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If you would really like to know what Brian McLaren’s new book, Everything Must Change, is about here is the whole book in one diagram (click on it to enlargen):

Protesters Slaughtered

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If you haven’t seen this, and I found it through Graham Old in the UK, here is a close report to what is happening in Burma.

Colossians Remixed 13

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I begin our study today of Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed, by quoting this:

Ex-Gays 2

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Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse’s book Ex-Gays? discusses the controversy about a very specific issue and we want today to begin our series today by looking at chp 1:

Redemptive Story

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Mariam, a regular reader of and commenter on this blog, posted this as a comment Sept 26 on our “Conversion” post. I wish here to record my thanks to her for telling her story, a truly redemptive one, at this […]

Colossians Remixed 12

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Walsh and Keesmaat (Colossians Remixed) suggest we develop, alongside Paul’s and fired both by Paul’s imagination and the narrative of Scripture, an imagination that is an “alternative to the empire’s” (85).

Must Everything Change? 2

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We begin today our official look at Brian McLaren’s new book, Everything Must Change. My promise: I will be fair to what Brian says; I will focus on what he focuses on; I will tell you what I like and […]

Delaware

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We had a busy week. After speaking at Willow’s group life conference Thursday morning and then doing a workshop on Missional Jesus Thursday afternoon, we got up at 4:15am Friday and flew to Baltimore where we were picked up by […]

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