September 11, 2005

The recent interview of Brian McLaren in Sojourners made a slight plea for purple politics — neither red nor blue but purple. I have for a long time talked about how theology in the 80s became Reaganology, and by that I only meant to provoke thought. The 80s saw many evangelicals switch from the Democrats to the Republicans. It can just as easily be argued that theology and politics are inseparable. Are they? And what will that say for those… Read more

September 11, 2005

Sometimes life is wonderful and we tell God that it is. Autumn leaves that turn the countryside into images even Monet couldn’t paint, neighborhood picnics in the summer that create trust not previously known, churches that have good preaching and worship and that respond to needs and that create environments of grace and that make participation the climax of the week, gifts given to persons that empower them with meaning and direction, social institutions that empower the poor and distribute… Read more

September 10, 2005

Just found Jim Martin’s blog; he’s a pastor with some nice vulnerability. Good to visit with his site. Read more

September 10, 2005

This little series on prayer comes out of Praying with the Church: Developing a Personal Prayer Life, which I am hard at work on my off days now. The section I wrote yesterday, on hope, will be changed, as may this section today, on honesty. But here it is in its present shape. (more…) Read more

September 9, 2005

In this last in a (and Kris would say too) long (of a) series on how Jesus would understand being missional, I want to look at what is perhaps the most profound of all the ideas mentioned in Matthew 9:35-11:1. Those who are involved in missional work (which is really all of us to one degree or another) and who are especially in the frontiers called liminality are the presence of Christ to others. |inline Read more

September 8, 2005

The Psalms provide for us a complete picture of life’s journey before God. Walter Brueggemann sees three “phases” in the journey of life. Brueggemann calls these three phases orientation, disorientation, and new orientation. The important word for Brueggemann was disorientation, as I think both “orientation” and “new orientation” are bland descriptions for what we are actually going through. (more…) Read more

September 8, 2005

Lightning Atkinson, a student of mine who is praying and planning to plant a church with his wife Sara, now has a nice blogsite, called Churchbrew, and he has already put up some good ones. (more…) Read more

September 8, 2005

I will shortly begin a short series of four posts on the “The (inner journey) of a Prayerful Person,” which will be my take on four kinds of Psalms. This is a modification of Walter Brueggemann’s Spirituality of the Psalms. Read more

September 8, 2005

Full-scale missional work, as we see in Matthew 10:37-39, moves from love to sacrifice. He who loves anyone more than me, Jesus says, is not worthy of me. Anyone is clear, and a very forceful. But… (more…) Read more

September 7, 2005

If you like blogging as much as I do, it is worth the effort and cost to move over from a generic brand to WordPress. The change for me has been efficient and has permitted me a variety of new features, not the least of which is the Categories and the poll. Dave Anderson, from Bemus Point on the shores of Lake Chautauqua (western New York) built mine, and you can contact him through the e-mail link at the bottom… Read more

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