By Invitation Only?: Private Summit Actually Threatens to Undermine Emergence Christianity

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The day before the national book event honoring Phyllis Tickle in Memphis, roughly 50 (Correction: 35) emergent movement leaders had a State of Emergence Christianity meeting. The meeting was organized by Tony Jones and Doug Pagitt, also the organizers of the book event.  (Correction: Phyllis Tickle called the meeting and contracted JOPA Productions to organize it. This article is intended as a critique of organizing styles, not a personal or professional attack. Please see my follow up blog … [Read more...]

The genesis of a more honest story…

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I don't exactly know when my belief in the absurd story of Genesis finally evaporated from my mind, the mythical story of God digging his hands into the earth like an artist shaping and molding the human body. And when the artist finally pleased with his work, embraced it, breathing into its nostrils, humanity came to life. It was beautiful to think of creation this way, so profoundly special, so about us. But, are we more freaks of nature, rather than the ultimate end to grand … [Read more...]

Rape In India OR Romance Doesnt Exist

An Endorsement of the Video: "almost finished it, really good video man, loving the down-to-earth examples you offer. Would've been interesting to see you unpack the media as masturbatory prop more fully, but it stands as a strong, challenging, and ethical argument/reading of courtly love."   NEW VIDEO: (ROUGH CUT!)       … [Read more...]

Grab some popcorn,the crucifixion was for entertainment

It is in the crucifixion of the desert rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth that we come to discover the pleasure and pain of the spectacle. In psychoanalysis, the term to denote the experience of pleasure and pain is embodied in the French word, jouissance. A better direct translation would be: orgasm. Why do I make this distinction? Because, today, especially in the West we are drawn to anything that is centered around the spectacle. The pleasure of entertainment but the discounted pain of knowing it is … [Read more...]

May Christmas be Filled with Mouse Poop and Camel Spit By Randy S. Woodley

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In this cynical and snarky world in which we live, we are getting pretty good at diagnosing the problems in the world, sometimes even to the point of paralysis. We blog about them, we read about them, (many Christians today would like to read themselves into Heaven),we discuss what's wrong with the world and we even preach about them. Being informed is not a bad thing but it is often the only thing we do. Our Western worldview has come to equate knowledge with real spirituality. I would like to … [Read more...]

Optional Advent

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This being the season of Advent; I think it’s worth taking a moment to identify what the word “Advent” means. The word carries the following meanings:  the arrival of, the coming of, the emergence of.  The question is, “of what?”  What needed to arrive? What needed to emerge? What needed to come?  The easy answer is Jesus. But the deeper answer is, and always has been, Emmanuel - God with us! Let’s begin with “God with us”. With us! Who does that include? Does it include … [Read more...]

Chaos + Earth = Love

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Hesiod's Theogony suggests a rather insightful equation that informs the Genesis accounts of creation in chapters 1-3. Rhoda A. Hendricks translates it thus: First of all Chaos came into being, and then Gaea, the broad Earth, the ever certain support of all the deathless gods who dwell on the summit of snowy Olympus, and also dark Tartarus in the innermost part of the broad-pathed earth, and also Eros, the fairest of the immortal gods who relaxes the limbs and overpowers the resolution and … [Read more...]

Finding Current Meaning In Jesus’ Birth (Part 1) By Randy Woodley

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It Was A Night Around Christmas The meaning of this poem will be reflected in Part 2 in two weeks. (Spoken to the cadence of “T’was The Night Before Christmas”)               It was a night around Christmas, in a crowded old cave With camels and horses and cattle she laid Knocked up by the Spirit, baby daddy beside Psycho girl in some trouble, or maybe she lied   No time for a cleaning, no time for … [Read more...]

Empires and Resurrection

    In part, this post was sparked by Phyllis Tickle and her post Christendom article.  Over the years I have been struck, more than once, by the story of the Tower of Babel: Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.  As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “ come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly”…… then they said, “Come let us build a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens so … [Read more...]

Peace In Peace Out – Doug Pagitt’s Conversation with Joan Steffend

I had the privilege of talking with Joan Steffend about her book Peace In Peace Out on my show today. I have known Joan for a few years and have been a fan of hers since she was on KARE11 in the Twin Cities and on Decorating Cents on HGTV. Now she is doing interesting work around Peace initiatives. Here is our conversation: … [Read more...]