Archives for December 2008

Third Way and the Gospel

What does a Third Way approach look like when it comes to the meaning of the “gospel.” No small matter here but I enter this discussion with Adam Hamilton:Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics . Adam sorts this one out by using the two poles of [Read More…]

Acts of Advent 18

What is hinted at in the Benedictus of Zechariah and in the Gloria in excelsis of the Angels, and what comes out into clear focus with Simeon, becomes concrete reality in Matthew’s Gospel, chp 2. The magi, Gentile star gazers, are the ones who offer gifts to the will-be king in the face of Herod [Read More…]

How do you spell…?

Is it “cancelled” or “canceled”? [Read more…]

“How can that woman believe?” A Letter

Here is a letter sent to me about a woman struggling with faith, and one of her major questions is a deep, dread-type question: The shocking injustices some experience. Gary Haugen spoke at the service at Willow on the International Justice Mission.  He discussed the sex trafficking, as well as many other injustices going on [Read More…]

Land line?

Kris and I are wondering if we need a land line. Each of us has a cell; yet we’ve held on to our land line phone for two or three years. We don’t have a fax. So, tell me, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the land line (or eliminating our land line)? [Read more…]

Acts of Advent 17

What the Angels envisioned – “peace on earth” – Simeon envisions as well. Here are the words of this aged saint who spent his time waiting for the Messianic kingdom: 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the [Read More…]

The Best Christmas Present?

I wish my family had known of these things years ago! Just got this in the e-mail today from Amazon and had to pass it on for those who still don’t know what to buy. [Read more…]

Obama, Warren, and that Inaugural Prayer

I will give you my reasons why I’m baffled by the reactions by liberal Democrats because President Elect Obama has invited Rick Warren to give the invocation. First, because Inauguration Day is not a day for triumphalism, domination and a “See, we’re the winners and you’re the losers and we’re now set to take over.” [Read More…]

McKnight, Martoia and

This is what I found at Border’s. Here’s the image. As you can see, they managed to get The Blue Parakeet’s author as a certain former, pretty student of mine named Ron Martoia: This is Ron Martoia and it does not surprise me one bit that Borders got Ron and Scot McKnight mixed up. “Which [Read More…]

Acts of Advent 16

The four acts of advent are adoration, activism, community-building and – our theme this week – expansion.  Today we look at the message of the Angels from Luke 2: 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on [Read More…]