The Anti-Ecclesial Rhetoric of Emerging Church Movements

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One of the things I have grown weary of in the last decade or so, is anti-ecclesial rhetoric. What I mean by this is the pitting of the ‘church’ over against Jesus, or ‘the established church’ over against more ‘organic’ models of Christianity (e.g. house churches, and the like). I suppose we all from time to time look for something or someone to blame our problems on, and the Christian church has become something of a punching bag, even for a goodly number of devout Christians. Sometimes t … [Read more...]

Lewis Chimes In

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Quote of the Day: "They (mis)take lack of charity for zeal, and mutual ignorance for orthodoxy". --- Speaking about the problem of Protestants and Catholics in Ireland (C.S. Lewis, Letters: C.S. Lewis and Don Giovani Calabria Servant Books, 1988, p. 83). … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day– Desmond Tutu

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"A self-sufficient human being is sub-human...God has made us so that we will need each other."--- Desmond Tutu (quoted in K. Bailey, Paul through Mediterranean Eyes, (IVP, 2011), p. 344). … [Read more...]

Beasts of the Southern Wild— Beasts like Us?

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Perhaps by now you have seen an episode of the TV show Swamp People. Pretty gnarly for sure. But those folks don't hold a candle to the real swamp people in the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild. Here is a brief synopsis of this film--- "In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in … [Read more...]

God is my Coach— Ryan Hall’s Marathon Olympic Quest

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Here is a nice article about Ryan Hall, who, about the time you read this, will be running in the London Olympic marathon for the U.S.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/sports/olympics/faith-is-central-to-marathoner-ryan-halls-approach.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha27_20120715And here was my experience running the Boston Marathon in 1993---- (that tiny fellow in the picture above is me crossing the finish line in Boston in 1993) O.k., so the picture is sideways. That’s about how I … [Read more...]

What I Regularly Tell My Cat

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Church and Hell according to the New Yorker

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Tendentious Scribes and Textual Criticism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1pyimuAOjg&feature=BFa&list=PL20E5694F90042FC5 … [Read more...]

Inspiration and Canon from a Historical Viewpoint

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzIwwXkN8Pk&feature=BFa&list=PL20E5694F90042FC5 … [Read more...]


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