Is Image Everything? 5

In Kinnaman and Lyons, in unChristian, another issue folks have with the church is that it too political. Frankly, I see this today so much from both the right and left I am discouraged. So, let’s see what K-L find. [Read more...]

The Firs

Kris and I had a restful weekend in Bellingham, Washington, as we were hosted by The Firs for a weekend retreat on the Jesus Creed. Gorgeous trees — tall Douglas Firs everywhere — and both the culture and climate of the Pac NW. Kris remarked several times that, because Darrel Smith purposefully scheduled in free [Read More...]

Colossians Remixed 37

Let’s get practical — so say Walsh and Keesmaat in Colossians Remixed. [Read more...]

Must Everything Change? 16

We finish up our series of Brian McLaren’s book, Everything Must Change. The last section of this book sums up the whole book and makes an appeal. [Read more...]

After the Baby Boomers

One of the advantages of flying, as we did this weekend (to Seattle), is some extra time for reading and on the flight out and back I read a book I consider a must-read for all church leaders: Robert Wuthnow, After the Baby Boomers. I won’t do a series on this book but I hope [Read More...]

Colossians Remixed 36

How then is the postmodern dilemma resolved ethically? If there is anxious paralysis or nihilism or simply the resolution in personal experience, is there any way to render moral judgment when one suspects something is wrong? Walsh and Keesmaat, in Colossians Remixed, suggest that postmoderns “know there is something wrong with the moral culture of [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Aloha Island Diamond Kona Coffee

Ah, the taste and aroma … of Aloha Island Diamond. A friend encouraged me to branch out, and so recently I decided to try some of the coffees with reputations of excellence. Exquisite. [Read more...]

Weekly Meanderings

One of the sad realities of the California fires: [Read more...]

Prayer about Freedom

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our [Read More...]

Friday is for Friends

We finish up today Marko Rupnik’s In the Fire of the Burning Bush. The last sections we cover deal with a number of topics and I thought I’d just lay out a few potent statements he makes: [Read more...]

Must Everything Change? 15

Brian McLaren, in chp. 29 of his Everything Must Change, argues we need to ask a new kind of question or a new set of questions if we are to work for a greater sense of equity as we seek to live out the kingdom vision of Jesus. [Read more...]

Missional studies

Biblical Seminary now has an online certificate in missional studies. [Read more...]

Colossians Remixed 35

Colossians 3:5-8 (see below) partakes in the discourse of violence according to Walsh and Keesmaat in their Colossians Remixed.Today we look at this passage. [Read more...]

Is Image Everything? 4

I’ve chosen to skip the chp in unChristian about Christians being antihomosexuality mostly because I’ve blogged about the issue enough of late. Instead, I’m skipping to chp 6 contends that nonChristians think Christians are sheltered. [Read more...]

AAR/SBL and Emergent

We are participating in an Emergent Church Forum at the same time professors are gathered for the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego. The date is Saturday, November 17, from 9am to 11:30am. The panelists are Tony Jones, Diana Butler Bass and I and the moderator, from Azusa Pacific [Read More...]

First Day is Goldingay

We begin the month with a look at John Goldingay’s Israel’s Gospel (OT Theology), chp. 8, focusing on the period from Joshua to Solomon and the theme of God’s accomodating himself to Israel and life on planet earth. [Read more...]