Virtual Community? Virtual Incarnation?

I have often wondered what Marshall McLuhan has to say to theologians, and Christians. One man who has been asking these questions for a few years now is Shane Hipps. He is one of the few voices out there actually dealing with the theology of media.Shane argues that Incarnation is the Medium by which God works in Christianity. Flesh and blood is a form of media by which the Divine chooses to work...This is very much in line with what McLuhan has to say about Jesus in The Medium and the Light: … [Read more...]

How to Worship:

I know many of you worship in a more liturgical setting, but I grew up in a setting where this video would have been a great help: … [Read more...]

What is “All Saints Day” about?

Sunday is All Saint's Day... The New Testement Reading from the Lectionary this year is Revelation 21:1-6. It got me thinking about a few things. Take a read of the passage first... Revelation 21: 1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne … [Read more...]

Is Jesus Serious in Mark 4:10-12?

When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that‘they may indeed look, but not perceive,and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.’”-Mark 4:10-12 (NRSV)I always read Mark 4:10-12 several times whenever I get to it. The statement that Jesus says seems so count … [Read more...]

The Use of the Bible in Preaching: Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer is a major evangelical author and speaker. She is most well known for her TV in radio presentations which she has been doing for over 20 years. For a long time her broadcasts were entitled "Life in the Word." This week I read through Part of Seven Things That Steal your Joy by Meyer. The chapter I read entitled “Be Uncomplicated.” In this particular chapter there seemed to be a whole lot of life, but not much word.The chapter opens up with two verses from John (10:9-10) where Jesus st … [Read more...]

Synagogue 3000

Synagogue 3000 is trying to empower congregations and communities to create synagogues that are sacred and vital centers of Jewish life. So far they have developed a leadership network and a synagogue studies research initiative. The leadership network includes rabbis, cantors, and artists who are creating alternatives to traditional structures and have formed two working groups: one on spiritual leadership and one on emergent sacred communities. I've been reading articles on their site today … [Read more...]

What does an Image tell us…

When Christianity first got started images were not used in worship. They were viewed in the same class as Idols... We now live in a culture in which everything is distilled into an image. I thought I would post three questions and some quotes to stimulate thought...Why do we create Images?“Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.”- Marshall McL … [Read more...]

Amahoro Africa

Have you heard of "Amahoro Africa"? It's a network of African chruches who are trying to live out the message of the kingdom Jesus spoke about. Take a look at this video then check out their Web page and Blog … [Read more...]

Our Identity in John’s Gospel Part VI: Unmasking Darkness

I do desire to walk in the light of Jesus, at least I do sometimes. When I read the gospels I want to stand up and declare that I will obey Jesus wherever I go, but obedience is a hard thing in John, and in life. Jesus doesn’t just shatter the teachers, the leaders, and the Samaritans. He even confronts those closest to him. Peter boasts he will lay down his life for Christ, but when that looks like it might become a reality he denies with words completely antithetical to the “I am statements.” I … [Read more...]