Highlights from Marcus Borg and Diana Butler Bass Lectures (Part 4 of 7)

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The introductory post to this blog series is available here. The highlights from Bass' first lecture are available here and Borg's here. My musings on the lectures are in brackets. Diana Butler Bass' second lecture (of three total lectures) was titled, “Faith: From Convention to Experience.”[This title reminds me of James Fowler's important work on Stages of Faith, particularly the shift from Stage 3, "Conventional" faith to Stage 4, "Individuative-Reflective" faith. For more, see my post … [Read more...]

Highlights from Marcus Borg and Diana Butler Bass Lectures (Part 1 of 7)

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On Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture series on "Speaking Christian--Why Christian words have lost their meaning and power and how they can be restored" with Diana Butler Bass and Marcus Borg at First Presbyterian Church in Annapolis, Maryland.Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture; and Borg is an internationally known academic, biblical and Jesus Scholar, and a Canon Theologian at  Trinity Episcopal C … [Read more...]

#WhyPray?

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My fellow Patheos blogger Tony Jones is asking the important question "Why pray?" as research for a book he is writing on prayer. You can follow the responses through the Twitter hashtag #WhyPray or follow the Storify feed. I've collected my top ten responses below: … [Read more...]

25 Books Every Christian Should Read

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(Renovaré, 25 Books Every Christian Should Read, 2011, 390 pages.) Renovaré is from the Latin word for "renew" or "restore." It is also a non-profit organization focused on spiritual formation. Their latest project is a list of the top 25 books every Christians should read. On one hand, I have deep respect for many of those who selected this list (Richard Foster, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Richard Rohr, Phyllis Tickle, and Dallas Willard). On the other hand, if I were empowered with the o … [Read more...]

Mutants and Mystics

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(Jeffrey J. Kripal, Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal, The University of Chicago Press, 2011, 353 pages.) Have you ever been a comic book lover?Have you ever had a paranormal experience?If so, the author reports that his ideal reader is "Someone who (a) has undergone a profound paranormal event and (b) is obsessed with science fiction or superhero comics and does not know why." … [Read more...]

Streams of Contentment

(Robert J. Wicks, Streams of Contentment: Lessons I Learned on My Uncle's Farm, 2011, 214 pages.)In our age of distraction, dissatisfaction, and designed obsolescence, Robert Wicks' latest book is a prophetic challenge to allow God to lead you beside the still waters, or, in Wicks' language, beside "steams of contentment." Wicks' latest offering is a small book: barely 200 pages that are each much small than the pages of a typical book. But, as Seinfeld taught us to say, "Not that there's a … [Read more...]


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