Roe-ing, Wade-ing, & Reflecting

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Today is the 41st anniversary of the landmark decision immortalized as "Roe v. Wade."This may seem like a silly play on words for the sake of a blog metaphor (and one which has probably been done before), but if Roe v. Wade was a changing of the tide, I wonder how we are all doing - as a nation, as a church, as a human race - in these new seas. How are we getting on? Are we sure of ourselves or just wading out a little further into the ocean of safe and legal abortion to see if it all works? … [Read more...]

Three Reasons You’re Not Too Smart for Orthodoxy

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In my experiences within both conservative and progressive Christian circles, there seems to be a kind of mutual playing in the politics of fear with regard to the other. On the conservative side, progressives are viewed as morally bankrupt libertine weaklings who lack the backbone to stand up to "the culture." In the words of one famous conservative preacher, this is because they are a bunch of ivory tower elites who are "educated beyond their intelligence."But on the progressive side, the … [Read more...]

Frozen & the Fixer-Upper

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I'm a dad to two little girls. Gemma is newly four, and Pippa, newly two. And, as is the trick when one has two children fairly close in age, they have reached a blessed phase in which they enjoy lots of the same things, even if they enjoy them in slightly different ways.This past Christmas was one of those things, with both kiddos fully aware and engaged in the ecstasy of tearing through wrapped toys and watching Santa cartoons and eating cinnamon buns.And the Disney animated movie … [Read more...]

Like Sheep Amidst the Wolves (of Wall Street)

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Okay, so if you need some kind of disclaimer about the sex, swearing, and drug use that pervades the DiCaprio/Scorsese masterpiece The Wolf of Wall Street, please consult Focus on the Family's Plugged In Movie Review (if you dare).Suffice it to say, there are not graphic or profane scenes in this film - the film itself is a graphic and profane scene. It is, in this sense, an experience of the excessive, a revelation of the gratuitous. And how could it not be? If we have any illusions about … [Read more...]

The Church is a Her: Why I Love the Ecclesia Effeminate

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For a while now, lots of preachers and pundits have been lamenting the feminization of the church. This begins with demographic studies that reflect a greater female participation than male, and continues with a condemnation of the broader "Omega male" culture that is giving men the permission to stay passive - and stay home on Sundays. Some prominent churches and ministries seem entirely predicated on the mission to draw men back into the fold by reinforcing "biblical" male roles and r … [Read more...]

Rooted: (How Not to) Rage Against the Machine

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Since I've gone and quit the Progressive Christian Internet already this year, it makes sense that I might blast out another new year exhortation, this time regarding our tendency to rage against the machine in ministry and mission.Specifically, I'd like to touch on the tendency for missional pastors and ministers to become radically anti-institutional in our zeal for reaching a post-Christendom culture. To, in essence, rage against the denominations, organizations, structures, programs, … [Read more...]

Worship, Worth-ship, & Sleeping Committees

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Got to share one of my favorite Wright quotes today as a reflection at First UMC Burlington. It's from his (underrated) book, For All God's Worth: True Worship & the Calling of the Church. And it has to do with the definition of worship, which was relevant because First UMC's mission is to be a worshiping community, walking in the way of Jesus, believing in place.Check it out and let me know if it resonates: The word ‘worship’ means, literally, ‘worth-ship’: to accord worth, true value, … [Read more...]


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