Archives for August 2012

R(EVOLuTionary ) Faith…in a crisis

It's hard to imagine anyone coming across Jesus in the midst of the " world crisis " of his day thinking that Jesus was about reforming religion; maybe some institutional changes, a revamp of the worship style...more culturally relevant. They would have seen the tide changing, an uprising on the margins of an empire. It was simply a revolution.  Fast forward to today. Empire is still with us, and continues to spin a story of illusion, one of prosperity, security and … [Read more...]

Jesus and the Jewish Festivals

I talked with Gary Burge, a New Testament professor at Wheaton College, on my radio show today about his book Jesus and the Jewish Festivals.It was a fun chat (as fun as talking with a New Testament Prof can be I guess) and I found it quite interesting.I'm encouraged whenever Evangelicals are willing to look at the cultural situation of the Gospel. Be it in the 1st century or 21st.We talk about that in the interview. … [Read more...]

Work ought to be about making meaning not just money

There is a significant conversation in our country about the role of money, profit and business. There are people on may sides of the discussion.The current presidential campaign and the wealth of Mit Romney has caused people to come to the defense of making money, and a lot of money.There are those who want to say that the American dream is about making money or getting wealthy. And even more there are those who say that the prime role of business is to generate profits for owners and … [Read more...]

What Does a Good Leadership Meeting Look Like?

How about this for a monthly leadership meeting?Council Meeting, July 2012To begin, we lit a candle. Lighting the candle designates our space or circle of friends as unique; holy or sacred, if you like. The light of the candle is always changing and always the same. The flame changes as it consumes, converting gas into heat and light. The flame remains the same in shape, size, location, and color. The light of the candle is like the presence of God - always changing, always the … [Read more...]

The August after the July To Never Forget

PATHEOS – August 2012July 4th ...any and every July firmly engrained in our American consciousness as being forever and always our nation’s major civil holiday. Over the years, we have made such a vociferous celebration of the whole thing, in fact, that much of the non-North American world is almost as aware as we are of “the Fourth” as a day of “the greatest significance.” Given that fact, one has to wonder about the events of July 4, 2012. Was the choice of that day for announcing … [Read more...]

Chick-Fil-A Kerfuffle and The Shut-down approach of calling people Prideful

The Chick-Fil-A Kerfuffle about Gay Marriage has surfaced, what to me, is a greater worry - the tendency of religious people declare those who think differently as "prideful, arrogant and ahistorical".The argument goes, "how dare you think you can suggest a change in thinking when for all these years faithful people have thought such and such".I raise this issue in response to the owner of Chick-Fil-A on my radio show this week.The show airs live Wednesday's from 10-11:30am and … [Read more...]

Authentic Jesus Generations: Woodstock to Wild Goose by Randy Woodley

Although there is not much in general these days that one can say about the church, perhaps the clearest sign we have of change is the ever-widening gap between what I will dub the still too common, “Sunday morning church-building crowd” and all the new faith movements including, for example, Emergents, Neo-monastics, Evangelicals 4 Justice, NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) and Jesus Radicals,* (with homage to this faith lineage including organizations like, Ev … [Read more...]