Church makes promise to adopt so you don’t abort

"Peachtree Presbyterian Church will care for any newborn baby you bring to this church." Vic Pentz, pastor of PPC in Atlanta, said this summer durring a sermon. He's serious. Acording to an article by a local NBC station the congregation is partering with Bethany Christian Services to figure out how it will all work out.I really support the move. Abortion is somthing none of us want to see happen to any child. I hope the congragation can navigate the emense complications that come with this kind … [Read more...]

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Family Research Counsel’s Tony Perkins and Sojourners’ Rev. Jim Wallis on Health care

This week there was a “face Off” on CNN between the president of Family Research Counsel , Tony Perkins and President of Sojourners Rev. Jim Wallis.The subject: Barak Obama’s call to religious leaders this past week reguarding health care reform...Here is a recap:Jim Wallis: God’s will is for health and not sickness when we are instruments of bringing good health we are doing the work of God… our system is broken.Tony Perkins: [Obama] is not being forthright. [Under the Bill] Abortion would be ex … [Read more...]

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What is the Role of the Mystic in Study?

The Lord be with you!At seminary I feel the question "What is the Role of the Mystic in Study?" in almost every class in some way.I will try to comment on this more over the weekend but here are two quotes to stimulate some dicussion: I NEED YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS!"A theologian is one who prays, and one who prays is a theologian." - Evagrius of Pontus"[God is] the inscrutable One out of reach of every rational process. Nor can any words come up to the inexpressible Good, this One, this Source of … [Read more...]

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To the CBA: Let’s adopt some standards

This week Jay Bakker brought it to my attention that the “Association for Christian Retail” has not adopted standards to help ensure that none of their products are made by slaves or exploited and abused workers. I’d really like to see this change. There have been abuses in the past that are pretty horrific for example: “In 2007, a case of crucifixes purchased by St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York were traced back to a factory in China where girls as young as 15 were forced to work up to 19-hour … [Read more...]

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Tao of Leadership

I've been staying with the Jesus People (JPUSA) this week and the other night we got into a really great conversation about the Tao Te Ching which has some amazing passages in it. A guy there told me the Tao Te Ching one of the primary things that led him to Christ. I've also read parts of a book called the Christ the Eternal Tao which is a really interesting take on Jesus from an Eastern Orthodox perspective. Last week Len over at Next Reformation posted a really interesting passage from the … [Read more...]

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Bart Ehrman – The Britney Spears of Biblical Scholars

Everywhere I turn I run into him. His books are always front and center in my local book store's religion section. Bart Ehrman has popped up on the History Channel, NPR, The BBC, The Teaching Company, and even Comedy Central.Bart came up today in my New Testament Class at North Park seminary. And I must say it created a good discussion. The class mostly discussed the poor journalism involved in the BBC article discussing the Codex Sinaiticus (Click here to read it for free online woot!) entitled … [Read more...]

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350.org

If you haven't heard of it yet it's time you did. 350.org has been showing up all over these days. What is it? Well in their own words it's an "International effort to raise awareness of the need to decrease carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million." Yes, this is an environmentalist movement. I know for some of my readers this is something they really dislike. I'm not one hundred percent sure why, but I think it often comes from a prejudice that being an en … [Read more...]

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JPUSA – Jesus People USA

I have now moved to Chicago.... sort of. This semester I will be studding at North Park Theological Seminary. For a long time I have wanted to work toward becoming a pastor, and that journey has led me to a little denomination called the Evangelical Covenant Church. I will tell you all about them later, but today I wanted to share about my hosts in Chicago while I wait for student housing to open up.They are called the Jesus People USA or JPUSA for short. JPUSA is a Christian community in … [Read more...]

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Diana Butler Bass

Last week I picked up Strength for the JourneyStrength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community by Diana Butler Bass. It was my first book by Bass. I have been prompted by more then a few people to read her stuff. She has been called the leading voice for the future of the "Mainline" churches. I have to say I really enjoyed the book. I couldn't put it downThe book follows the life of Diana through the lense of congregations she has been a member of in the Episcopal church. It was a … [Read more...]

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