Once You are Real, You can’t be UGLY

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of … [Read more...]

On Sleeping Early and Laundry in the Middle of the Night

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“The ordinary activities I find most compatible with contemplation are walking, baking bread, and doing laundry." - Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries A delicious rain fell off and on all day yesterday and and again, last night starting a little before the children's bedtime. The kind of rain that gives everything a grayish, warm glow, and begs for blankets, books, and sleep. The twins, even little Oz went down so easily - another rare gift when they almost tuck themselves in and only jabb … [Read more...]

The Re-Indigenisation of faith, indigenous people groups and Scottish Independence

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As I write from St Albans just north of London UK the people of Scotland are voting on whether to become an independent nation and no longer part of the United Kingdom. By the time this post is published we will know the outcome. I have mixed feelings about this. I have no Scottish heritage, though my wife’s family in part trace their heritage to Scottish farmers who came down with the last Catholic Scots claimant to the throne, Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 to invade England and ended up as f … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]


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