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...]

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...]

On Cultural Necrophilia: A Christian Response

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Maybe it's my age, but I take issue with the cultural necrophilia flooding the airwaves. I cringe to hear my son share his fascination with zombies. What is it about the dead, semi-dead or human predators that moves us so deeply? Whether it's the vampire fetishes seen in Twilight or True Blood, the zombie apocalypse, realistic gaming carnage, or the Christian apocalypticism that takes little care for creation, all of these and more point toward a cultural necrophilia -- a love of death and d … [Read more...]

do christians (h)ate the world? OR (the european civil wars)

    Any notion that we do not belong to this earth, that Earth is a fallen universe, a prison for our soul striving to liberate itself from the material inertia, is dismissed as life­ denying alienation.  -- Zizek Over the course of the last ten years, Hollywood has been producing plotline after plotline that somehow either claims the end of the world (apocalyptic; think 2012 ) or some sort of ecological crisis (the day after tomorrow). this addiction demonstrates to us not s … [Read more...]

God the Capitalist Meets Job and his Violent Loss of Materialism…

Is not Job the narrative about the conundrum of pain, suffering and loss? Is it not a query into the permanency of suffering found within the human condition, and how ultimately this 'thing' is something that is part of our experience that does give answers? What if resting within this story resides an anecdote of the suffering inherent within material wealth, excess and accumulation?When we encounter Job we are met with someone who is 'right in the eyes of the lord' or 'he had it going on' … [Read more...]

Getting the Courage We Long For

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"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage."  Maya Angelou Somehow in my thirties I became aware of how much of my life had been occupied and driven by fear and anxiety and I wanted that to change.  A noticed a conversation about fear was rising to a public sphere (i.e. shows on Oprah).  People who had been victims of violent crimes w … [Read more...]

An Economic Pitfall

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Erich Fromm's "Marketing Character" pinpoints a major frustration I've had with Christendom for the past decade. This principle of socio-economics exposes a monstrous pitfall for the Church lying beneath the surface of American social relationships. This one might hurt a bit since it reveals the dangers of cyber-networks, including our beloved Emergent Village Voice. Fromm's psychological training and life experience positioned him to see what now is. Post-WWII social dynamics evolved into the … [Read more...]

Doug, Tony and the Church Planters Academy

A few weeks ago I had the chance to fly out to Minneapolis and join Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Tim Keel, Tim Condor, Nadia Bolz-Webber and others in teaching a church planters academy. The event was "to equip and encourage those desiring to start new churches in fresh and entrepreneurial ways.For those who are starting new churches. For those who are exploring starting a new churches. For those who’ve already started churches and want to gather with others who are doing the same."My ge … [Read more...]

Harm.on.Y is Evil

NEW VIDEO (NEW SERIES) -- HARMONY IS EVIL : Most of society today is built on a notion of order, as if order is how we are meant to live, but it is in not how we began nor how we should progress...thanks to Lewis Clarke for his filming skills! (Pass it on!)- More will be-coming. Employing theology as a way to understand and dissect culture.   … [Read more...]

Last Chance For a Win-Win on Same-Sex Marriage?

This last week, two important things happened. First, the voters of North Carolina passed a State constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. And then shortly after, President Obama reversed his long-held position against same-sex marriage and said, "It ought to be legal." In addition, the polls now show that the country is almost precisely divided in half for and against changing our laws on this issue.All of which lead me to believe that we will soon reach or have already reached … [Read more...]


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