Bible meditation versus The Ear Worm

“Find a quiet place and a comfortable chair. Sit down, don't cross your legs, rest your hands palms upward and close your eyes. Invite Father to presence Himself with you. Concentrate on your breathing. Centre yourself. Still your mind, focus on Jesus, listen to the rhythm of your breathing”…The roar of an early morning snore nearly makes me fall off my chair. Am I doing this right? Am I sticking to what I learnt on the Soul Spark course? Why did I fall asleep? Are eight hours' sleep no longe … [Read more...]

Missional Implications of The Differend by J.F. Lyotard pt. 3

Jean-Francois Lyotard by Wikimedia Commons - Bracha L. Ettinger

In this third post, there is one more missional implication worth mentioning. Emergence can serve as a restorer and rebuilder in breached relationships in abusive Christian contexts. This is very close to my heart since I came out of abusive fundamentalist communities twice in my life. Once as a child and once as a young adult. I couldn't get the clue the first time, but as a survivor I see clearly how much room there is for this kind of advocacy in Emergence. Language games permeate Christian … [Read more...]

In the end, it’s all about love… nothing else.

oldhug

Ever notice how good theology is found in life and not the bible. This week, Fred’s wife died suddenly. He tried his best to be with her, but somewhere between Sidney and Victoria on a Handy Dart Bus she drifted out of this world across the threshold into what I can only imagine as infinite mystery.Fred is ninety-four and in this past year has been like that wobbly toy you had as a kid, no matter how hard you tried to stand it up, it would fall over. An old war wound, years of hard work and w … [Read more...]

A Voter’s Guide: Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision by Randy Woodley (pp.14-16)

Shalom is meant to be both personal (emphasizing our relationships with others) and structural (replacing systems where shalom has been broken or which produce broken shalom, such as war or greed-driven economic systems). In shalom, the old structures and systems are replaced with new structures and new systems. The universal expectation for all humanity to live out shalom has been given. Shalom has been decreed. God expects us to make the old way of living new. The Creator requires us to … [Read more...]

The City of God

 Around about two years ago I began to wonder- “What did the early Church really look like?” Early in my Christian life, and to this day, I hear people say: “The book of Acts is a blueprint for church life” or “We are restoring the Ephesians 4 ministries, our church will restore Gods' Kingdom”. My response was to join in, get involved and do the stuff, but in the back of my mind I had some doubts...My journey with God began 38 years ago, 33 of which I spent in Charismatic Community C … [Read more...]

Missional Implications of The Differend by J.F. Lyotard pt.2

Jean-Francois Lyotard by Wikimedia Commons - Bracha L. Ettinger

In the second part of this series, Lyotard's exploration of the historical debate surrounding Auschwitz is a case study in The Differend in which he establishes a powerful message. What do you do when the victims of differend suffer without a voice and die in that state? This is the greatest injustice in Lyotard's opinion.The horrific acts that occurred at Auschwitz are the most extreme example of this principle. The idiom of the suffering that was experienced cannot be rectified by a … [Read more...]

An Interesting Take on Emergence Christianity

Dr. Steve McSwain

I know nothing about Dr. Steve McSwain, but according to his Huffington Post bio, his journey from Christian minister to practicing "a new kind of spirituality" has led him to being called "the voice for the SBNR (Spiritual But Not Religious)."Responding to the new Pew Research showing the continuing rise of the religious "nones" (from ~16% five years ago to ~20% now), McSwain writes about "Why Christianity Is Dying While Spirituality Is Thriving." Ironically, his article is less about … [Read more...]

Missional Implications of The Differend by J.F. Lyotard pt. 1

Jean-Francois Lyotard by Wikimedia Commons - Bracha L. Ettinger

During a graduate course in Postmodernity I took a few years ago, I stumbled upon a work by Jean-François Lyotard which continues to resonate in my emerging faith. Though I have never read this elsewhere, I firmly believe Lyotard's exploration of language games ties in perfectly with the emergence and missional conversations. I've excerpted a paper I wrote on the topic to provide some background and philosophical material to explore the ethical and missional implications of the differend for E … [Read more...]

Heal Me: Why Tommy and the White Western Colonial Church? By Randy Woodley

I began this conversation I called, See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me as a challenge to the colonial Western Church to be more inclusive of ethnic minorities at all levels. Here are titles of the prior post:Intro to SeriesSee MeFeel MeTouch MeThis series has taken quite a turn of events and has spread to voices well heard and seldom herd, representing both dominant and minority ethnic cultures. Feelings have been hurt and misunderstandings have occurred. In spite of all the … [Read more...]

THE SHOE FETISH: THE EVIL OF ALTRUISM

there was a woman who had a shoe fetish. no matter what, she had to have shoes. couldn't do without them. according to karl marx, the fetish is creating meaning or giving meaning to a meaningless object. trying to fill in a gap rather than allowing it to be. we live in a society built upon an addiction toward meaning, toward filling the gaps. in a simple sense, when your boss calls you up to come in early because your colleague called off sick, that is a filling in of the gap.Christ becomes … [Read more...]


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