24 hours at the abbey

Had a good time at conception abbey this week, even if it was only a 24 hour booster. Here is my wisdom from Fr. Adam. He gave me a quote which he said was from Pope John the XXIII, but the internet has it from John Paul II – I’d trust Fr. Adam on this [Read More...]

Rauschenbusch Rules

I ran across one of my all-time favorite Walter Rauschenbusch quotes yesterday… Here is that quote with a few other observations from his book, “A Theology for the Social Gospel.” “Theology needs periodical rejuvenation. Its greatest danger is not mutilation but senility. It is strong and vital when it expresses in large reasonings what youthful [Read More...]

How to Write for the Web

I love Slate online. There was a funny short article by the editor that noted a bit called “How to Write for the Web” by a guy named Caleb Crain. “A text on the internet rarely takes for granted your decision to read it or to continue reading it. There is often, instead, a jazzy, [Read More...]

Pannenberg on the Church

I put Zizioulas down for the week. I’m trying to get through Pannenberg’s book on the church this week. Here are my notes from chapter one: CHAPTER 1 – CHURCHLESS CHRISTIANS He calls people who supposedly subscribe to Christianity without Christian church involvement “churchless Christians.” As churches grew more sectarian, and denominationalized. Each denomination began [Read More...]

The catholicity of Being

I’m up to my elbows in Metropolitan John… Zizioulas is working with the idea that sin is actually a rupture between being and communion, or what he calls the “individualization of our being.” The fall “results from the claim of created man to be the ultimate point of reference in existence (to be God).” p.102 [Read More...]

Praying Drunk

My friend Isaac had me read a poem the other day, a sentence which feels wierd to write, but it happened. The poet’s name is Andrew Hudgins and he’s a big deal in the world of poetry and literature. I don’t know about all of that, but after reading this poem I’m seriously thinking about [Read More...]

Roxburgh & Franke Session Four

NOTES:Roxburgh presented for most of this session. He was saying that instead of asking the practical questions (which is all that most missional church writers seem to do these days), think about what happens if you ask the God questions first. We should first explore the God who is Trinity, relationality and difference. He says [Read More...]

Roxburgh & Franke Session Three

They are looking at the idea of Gospel & trying to figure out if it is something external to culture that exists in the mind of God which we then have to figure out how to translate into a given culture. OR is gospel something that we actually encounter and discover as culture. We had [Read More...]

Roxburgh & Franke Session Two

SESSION TWO: Dr. Franke’s Introduction… He told the story that he heard on NPR of Phillip Jenkin’s and his trip to Africa. While he was sitting in this church meeting word spread that a prominent American church leader was there and word got up to the pastor and so he invited Jenkins to come forward, [Read More...]

Roxburgh & Franke Session One

Roxburgh & Franke I’m attending a class about the “Nature and Mission of the Church,” that’s being held at Jacob’s Well in KC. I’m just going to throw some of the thoughts I’m encountering and maybe play with them a little bit. I’ll try to do a little bit each day. SESSION ONE:Dr. Franke: If [Read More...]

Let Your Life Speak

Let Your Life Speakby Parker Palmer This book Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer was recommened to me by my friend Shayne. It has been surprizingly impactful for me over the past few days as I’ve read through it. Here are my notes. If you are looking for a quick summer read and want [Read More...]

the ark

The Ark Once there was a father and mother who had a little son. He was a good boy and was their only child and they loved him very much. They played with the little boy for hours and he was the light of their life. The little boy was a naturally friendly child. From [Read More...]