The Bible Made Impossible: Part Two – The Cure

This post is part of a three-part series on The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith

The Ailment – The Cure – The Fatal Flaw

This book is fatally flawed.

I know, I wrote that yesterday, and you’re going to have to wait until tomorrow for the payoff on that.  But I wanted to remind you that I think that before I today look at Christian Smith’s solution to the problem of biblicism — a problem that I don’t have.

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A Year of Christian Eating

Craig and Nancy Goodwin’s family is launching into another year of experimenting with food and faith

Craig Goodwin, author of my favorite book on Christian living, has launched a new project.  After his family’s year-long experiment with Year of Plenty, they’ve now launched into a new experiment called, Tables of Plenty:

Starting on November 28, 2011 with the Orthodox Nativity fast, our family is dedicating a year to explore the role of food in Christian spiritual formation, one month at a time. Our monthly excursions will include following kosher food laws and eating in the tradition of the early church. We’ll plant community gardens with the Benedictines, go vegetarian with Seventh Day Adventists, and vegan with the Orthodox. We’ll even explore the spiritual depths of potlucks and jello-salad with our own tribe, the White Bread Protestants. We’ll be reading, reflecting, blogging, and eating our way through the year at this Tables of Plenty blog.

Their schedule is:

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Former Presiding Bishop of the ELCA Confronts His Catholic Peers about Gay Marriage

Herbert Chilstrom

Herbert Chilstrom is the retired presiding bishop of the ELCA, and before that he was a bishop in Minnesota.  In his work, he developed strong ties with the Catholic bishops of Minnesota, a group that is currently fighting to constitutionalize a prohibition of same sex marriage.  And Chilstrom doesn’t get it:

Over my 35 years as an active and retired bishop I have come to know hundreds of gay and lesbian persons. I have yet to meet even one who is opposed to the marriage of one man and one woman. After all, they are the daughters and sons of such unions.

What they cannot understand is why church leaders would oppose their fundamental desire and right to be in partnership with someone they love and respect who happens to be of the same gender and sexual orientation. They don’t understand why they should not enjoy all the rights and privileges their straight counterparts take for granted.

Read the rest: Lutheran leader confronts state’s Catholic bishops over gay marriage |

Welcome Emergent Village to Patheos

Patheos has partnered with Emergent Village to create a new portal for innovative and experimental thoughts around church, mission, and faith.  It’s called the Emergent Village Voice, and it’s a community blog that launched just this week.  It will be created by dozens of contributors.

In his initial post, Andrew Jones draws a line between the ECM and café churches in Asia:

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