War! What is it good for? [Daniel Karistai]

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I am a pacifist.What I mean by that is in every conflict I have I make a concerted effort to not respond with violence. What I mean by that is I try to uphold the dignity of the other especially when we are at odds. I understand violence as the most primitive form of dehumanization. When I act violently toward another I not only dehumanize my sense of self (or character) but I also dehumanize the other. This makes it possible to be violent toward the rest of creation as well. If I were to … [Read more...]

Talking With Teddy Bears – Incarnation Modeled [Fr. Tony Bleything]

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There are certain people that have a God given magnetism.  They have an uncanny ability to draw out the best in people.  My wife's aunt was that kind of person. Cancer took Teri Jean two years ago.Teri was no ordinary soul...she was a puppeteer.  Teri could tell the best stories, sing the craziest and bawdiest songs, and laugh louder than anyone I knew.  Near the end of her life, Teri chose to go back to school to be a nurse.  In class, she was a bright spot to her classmates and professors, … [Read more...]

The Restlessness of Ordinary Time [Anderson Campbell]

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As August marches quickly toward September, we find ourselves past the apex of daylight in the northern hemisphere, each day becoming slightly shorter than the last. We also find ourselves in the midst of that time in the church year called simply, “Ordinary Time.” Even if you are not part of a particularly liturgical church, you likely are aware of some of her seasons. Advent is the period of time that begins four Sundays before Christmas and during which we anticipate the coming incarnation of … [Read more...]

Nate Morales, Who Molested Children Within Sovereign Grace Ministries, Sentenced to 40 Years (Video)

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The Associated Baptist Press is reporting that Nate Morales, the man convicted of sexually molesting children within Covenant Life Church, the flagship church of Sovereign Grace Ministries, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.This is good and good reason to share in the relief of survivors who have gotten their first legal share of justice and closure in decades.But it is also a reminder of a much bigger issue at work here, one that has yet to be sufficiently solved. Namely, the i … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Cancels Its Huge Annual Conference: Mark Driscoll’s Trouble and the Dying Resurgence

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Yesterday Mars Hill Church announced that it is canceling its huge annual conference, Resurgence 2014. The conference website has this announcement: The Resurgence Conference has always been born out of our love of Jesus and the church, and the desire to support efforts to grow leaders to grow churches. Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this year’s conference due to unforeseen changes to our speaker line-up and other challenges we believe would make it difficult to provide the quality of … [Read more...]

Vicky Beeching, Worship Leader Closely Connected to the Church of England, Comes Out

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Vicky Beeching is known for worship hits on both sides of the Atlantic - and for being closely connected to the Church of England and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.And recently, she came out as gay.The Independent told the story earlier today: At Easter this year, she came out to her parents. "I was terrified but they reacted really well. They said, 'We're so sorry that you had to go through this alone.'" Beeching and her parents have agreed to disagree on the theology around ho … [Read more...]

Why Ridley Scott’s Exodus Movie is Racist: Strong Words, Strong Point

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David Dennis, Jr. wrote a piece on Medium this week making a similar point about the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings movie to the one I recently made about Noah - but perhaps making it a bit more plain.Namely, he says this Exodus movie is racist, plain and simple. Here's an excerpt: Not only are all the main characters White, but the servants, thieves and assassins are played by Africans. Guys. This is racist. Ridley Scott is one of those guys who’s apparently hellbent on historical ac … [Read more...]

The Vicar of Baghdad – a Must-Watch

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Especially in light of recent events surrounding ISIS & persecution/genocide, this film from VICE will move you.For an update on Andrew in light of recent events, check out this recent piece. … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Acts 29 Removes Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church From Network, Asks Driscoll to Step Down

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This is the biggest official consequence to come to Mark Driscoll for his years of ministry abuse.Acts 29, the international church planting network that Driscoll co-founded and of which he and Mars Hill were a part up until the present moment, has indicated in a letter to Driscoll that they are officially removing Mark and Mars Hill from the network. The statement cites disqualifying sins and no evidence of repentance as the reason. It also asks Mark to step down from ministry. Here is the l … [Read more...]

#FFFF: Nish Weiseth

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The following is an excerpt from Nish Weiseth's book SPEAK that released this week. I hope you enjoy the post, follow Nish, and then buy this wonderful, wonderful book! --The argument about women in ministry that had transpired in my kitchen plays out in a multitude of ways every day. On youTube, loud and angry pastors stand in their pulpits and slap other believers and churches with labels like "heretical" and "unbiblical." They call themselves true, gospel-oriented churches, with the … [Read more...]


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