On Breakthrough

I often like to think about things over and against other things in order to better understand them. This isn't because I want to start fights - I'm trying to be more anabaptist! - but because thinking things through in this way brings a better kind of clarity, one that isn't content to simply see two options or opinions (the black and white) but all the facets of the diamond. The fact is - and the premise of this blog is - that there is truth to be found if we are willing to blaze a trail … [Read more...]

What We Talk About When We Talk About God

Will you be getting/reading Rob Bell's new book? If so, why? If not, why not?Here's the trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwVUr2_6tW8  … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Emergents, & the Gender/Power Issue, Pt. 2

In the first post, I promised two suggestions and two questions, and I'll get to those straight away.But first, who invited Don?There is no better pop-culture commentary on issues of gender and power than the popular AMC show Mad Men. In fact, it's the undercurrent that makes the storyline so compelling. There is the thin, always well-dressed and attractive veneer of "traditional" relationships between men and women, women taking the decidedly subservient role to the working (m)ad men. They … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Emergents, & the Gender/Power Issue, Pt. 1

[Part 2 here.]Earlier this week, I tweeted this:I was surprised by the response, mostly affirming that this may in fact be the case. I admit that it was kind of a shot in the dark. I also admit that this is not a particular area of academic expertise or extensive experience for me.Because of that, I want to frame this two-part series as a similar kind of proposal, rather than a definitive word on the subject. I want to make two primary suggestions, and then ask two big questions to those … [Read more...]

Something Better Than “Grace” For Ray Lewis (or, God Loves Soccer)

I've always been scared of Ray Lewis.Even before I knew anything about his alleged involvement in a double homicide, I was totally freaked out by the dude. The picture above explains why. The flexing. The maniacal yelling. The unbridled aggression. The grass-pulling. SO SCARY.Anyway, neither Ray's scary flexing/weeding nor the murder allegations are news right now - at least, not really. The news is 1) that Ray and his Ravens just won the Super Bowl in Lewis's final NFL season; and 2) … [Read more...]

Crazy Genesis & the Messy God

The Sacrifice of Isaac CARAVAGGIO (1573-1610)So, I'm attempting to read the Bible in a year (thanks Bible app), and it's a chronological plan, so I've been in Job and Genesis so far. Fact is, I've never actually completed one of these plans. Typically, right about now, I get off track and chuck it, opting for topical and devotional reading instead. And, reading books. And...blogs.It's very unevangelical of me.And not very pastoral at all.But I'm hoping this'll be lucky '13, and so … [Read more...]


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