Ancient Future Evangelism

Robert E. Webber. Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2003. In Ancient-Future Evangelism, Robert Webber explores the nature of evangelism in the ancient church hoping to discover patterns and analogs to our current social and cultural situation which might help to inform an evangelism strategy for the 21st [Read More...]

Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism Review

Walter Brueggemann. Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism: Living in a Three-Storied Universe. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1993. Brueggemann’s vision for evangelism consists of helping people to switch narratives from the world of consumerism, individualism and violence to the narrative of the people of God. He proposes a simple schema and method for evangelism as this imaginative [Read More...]

Cross-Shaped Leadership Review

John A. Berntsen. Cross-Shaped Leadership in the Rough and Tumble of Parish Practice. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2008. John Berntsen is a new author to me, but this book is a real find for those who are tired of hearing about “church” leadership from Collins, Dupree & Maxwell. With an MDiv. from Yale and [Read More...]

Last Session

A woman who was disabled, I think she has Cerebral Palsy, struggled to ask a question from the mic. She said she read “a crucified God” in 1975 and for the first time in her life, she actually owned her identity as the image of God and not something less than a full human being. [Read More...]

Moltmann part 2

These are just a few notes from yesterday: THE NATURE OF ATONEMENTChristology of solidarity: he suffers with us.He suffers for us – for us the guiltyThose two sides go together. That he suffers for us is the reconciling part. He was given up for our sins and raised up for our justification. One the one [Read More...]

In the Room with Jurgen Moltmann

I’m in Chicago listening to Jurgen Moltmann speak as I write this. It’s an incredible thing to sit and listen live to a person who has had such an incredible impact on my thinking and my faith. He talked just a little bit about his time as a visiting lecturer at Duke. He was on [Read More...]

A Little Spoon in your Life

Everybody needs a little bit of Spoon in their life…don’t forget about the underdog. [Read more...]

More Jesus and the Political

I read this today in a book by Richard Rohr and thought it would apply not only to the discussion in the previous post, but to the hateful speech I’ve been seeing on television during the political forums in the past few weeks. “They’re not credible prophets. If we hate people who don’t agree with [Read More...]

Jesus and the Political

A blog reader asked me two questions in a recent comment: “Is Obama who you thought he was? and has America changed for the better(long term) since he was elected?” I thought about it a bit and started writing a response, but it was too long so I made it into this post. Here’s my [Read More...]

Wilco will love you baby

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Kempis on Suffering

“Jesus has many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of his cross. He has many seekers of consolation, but few of tribulation. He finds many companions at His feasting, but few at his fasting. All desire to rejoice in him; few are willing to endure anything for him. Many follow Jesus as far [Read More...]

Fish Get’s it Right

Stanley Fish’s article God-talk helps me to think through some of what has been bantered about on this blog and in some off-line discussions over the past few weeks. As always, it takes someone much more eloquent than I to make sense of what I’m thinking. I don’t agree with everything he’s saying, but I [Read More...]