Of Wasps and Other Things

Wade Tickle is almost eleven years old, and he is terrified of wasps. When he was younger, he was only afraid of them. Now he is paralyzed by the mere possibility of them. Normally, this would not be a problem….a quirk maybe, a source of some parental concern and, unfortunately, of some unkind teasing, but little more than that.  The difficulty lies in the fact that our times [or his, perhaps] are not exactly normal right now.Wade’s dad, who is our son, Wade, Sr., is in the process of buying … [Read more...]

An Emergent Islam? Oh, yeah


Over the last decade I have been so encouraged to see the same impulses that have made many of us desire "culturally indigenous" versions of our faith are happening in every stream of Christianity and in even in Judaism. A few years ago I met the good people from JumpStart and was thrilled to see many of the similarities amongst these Rabbis with what we are doing in Emergent - seeking expressions of our faith that are as fitting for our day as they can be and not being tied to the cultural … [Read more...]

A Seat at The Table: Everyone Plays

My friend and fellow Common Tabler Pete comes at emergence not via the plethora of niche-market Christian books, but through science.  He is a systems engineer by trade, a musician by training, and a scientist by passion.  Last month he came and guest lectured in my Wesley Seminary course on Emergence Christianity, to rave reviews. He talked about systems theory, special relativity, quantum physics, flocking, music, and emergence, relating all of it to the grassroots changes we are seeing in c … [Read more...]

See Me, Feel Me, Touch me, Heal me…A Challenge to the Colonial Christian West by Randy Woodley

In 1969 The Who released the now famed rock opera album Tommy. Mostly written by Who guitarist Pete Townsend as a way of working through his abusive childhood, Tommy was a hit. As I think about the abusive relationship between to colonial Christian West and the indigenous peoples who have been degraded, exploited, and now forgotten I bring a challenge. Many of my friends have said, "okay, I agree, but what can I do?" So, I will try my best to come up with actionable points in each post that we … [Read more...]

(G)od With(Out) Religion OR The God Who BeCame an Atheist

  There is this moment of intrinsic subversion to exclusivity in the Jesus Narrative. But what is moment, if not something captured in and by time. An idea bound and contingent in space, a dependent object that relies upon its own ontological teleology. Meaning that the moment itself finds its purpose in being that very moment, and the events that transpire are then transcendentalized by their very innate placement within the narrative. A few of Jesus friends encounter people who dont … [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 4th...is 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...]