Is Mary Holy?

I recently received the following e-mail, and I thought that I would share my response with all of you since it seems to deal with a number of issues that many christians have, and a number that I have dealt with myself.Do you think Mary is holy? Like the Catholics do? Because doesn't it say she is blessed. But blessed means made holy, so that would mean she is holy. But aren't we also blessed once we enter heaven? Because I thought only God could be holy. So how does this … [Read more...]

Church Profile: Mars Hill Bible Church | Grand Rapids

I recently visited the “Mars Hill Bible Church” in Grand Rapids, MI. This is not a church in my own tradition (Lutheran / Evangelical Covenant), but it is one that I have had some history with (my brother has been a member of this community for about 9 years).Mars Hill is a church that was planted in 1999 by Calvary Church pastor Rob Bell and a core of people from that community. It comes out of what could be described as “mainstream evangelicalism”. This basically means that it’s been influence … [Read more...]

Hebrew – Vocab Flash Cards!

For all the seminary students out there using Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar by Page H. Kelley I have below links to simple flash cards that you will need to study in order to pass.The main reason I'm posting this is so that I will have an easy way to bookmark all these links on my phone, but go ahead bookmark this page too! It will make your life a lot easier.This might be a fun little review to go over if you have taken Hebrew in the past!Have an amazing day!CLICK HERE FOR … [Read more...]

Is church a product we consume?

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is church safe?

What do you think of this excerpt from Annie Dillard's Teaching A Stone to Talk "On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies' straw hats and velvet hats to … [Read more...]

Five Networks Every Pastor Needs to have

Making connections with others is an essential key to any effective ministry. Without connections there could hardly be a church. We make connections every time we greet someone at church, read from the Bible, preach a sermon, or even smile. Any minister connects with those who we are trying to serve all the time. Even beyond the Sunday morning service connections continue to be a central part of the life of the worshiping community. This can come in the form of a meeting, a phone call, or even … [Read more...]

Feast of The Week: The Birth of John the Baptist

The following is a bit by St. Augustine in honor of the solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist, which we celebrate on Friday (tomorrow). This feast is celebrated on the 24th rather then the 25th which is odd to many people since the annunciation and christmas both happen on the 25th of the months that they fall in (March and December respectively). The reason for this is probably because ancient ways of counting dates would count back … [Read more...]

Get more Orant on Tumblr

We Have TumblrI have decided to start using Tumblr as an way to post small things like quotes and conversation that I like. This page will be for thoughts that are too big for twitter (@BillyKangas) but too small or undeveloped for this Blog. will remain as the center of theological conversation but Tumblr will help more fully develop the avenues we have to share theology with one another. The Orant Media Networktheorant.comYouTubeFacebookTwitterTumblrPayPal … [Read more...]

New Music: From Starry Skies

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