The Church against Fascism

The future of the Church in the west is at stake. Today we know the name of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This is in large part because he denounced the fascists of his day while most of the church was silent and complict. I pray that this time there would be too many names to remember as…

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Merry Christmas to All

This night we remember two teens who found themselves alone on a cold night. Alone in the stable. These two faced childbirth without any help. Jesus, Emmanuel, born in the quiet of night. The heavens erupted in praise. The long awaited king has come, humanity and divinity in one. He would proclaimed his kingdom that…

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Our Calling should Inspire Us and not Define Us

There’s excitement as people discover, discern, and accept their life calling. Yet if life were a single day this would equate to little more than putting on a single sock. You have not yet reached the door, and have the majority of the real work ahead. With this perspective we can accept our calling as a critical step…

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The Resurrection is a sneak peak, so #WhatRapture

In my opinion many Christians who affirm the Rapture fail to take into account the simple reality that Jesus was already transformed before he was ever taken up into the sky. The leaving the disciples and ascending into the sky seemed to be a requirement for; the interim period we are now in (between the resurrection and the consummation of history) and…

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The truth is that there is Truth…

‎”The truth is that there is Truth, but not for us, only for God. This is the appropriation or recontextualizing of the hermeneutics of finitude I propose.” Merold Westphal I really need to get into his work once my schedule lightens up more.

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What makes something Great?

Yesterday morning I found myself thinking about greatness and faith. I have come across individuals who hold that something done with Christ is automatically great. It isn’t that I would discount the importance of living a life with the Spirit, and honoring God with our times and talents. It is that I have issue with…

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Into Post-Modernity – Thoughts?

Reading a book by Dr. Alice P Mathews (Preaching that Speaks to Women) and felt this quote was approprate and helpful (slightly adapted to make it readable without needed to read the whole chapter). A Modern knower can be a liberal or a conservative but cannot be a radical because the systems that taught them…

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Aesthetics – Thoughts on True Art from Sayers

I have been working through a great book by mid-century literary scholar Dorothy Sayers (Wikipedia) that touch on the topic of art and expression. They were very meaningful so I thought I would quote a portion below, if you want to read the work it’s called ‘Toward a Christian Esthetic‘ in the book Letters to…

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A Charismatic and Incarnational Faith?

I’ve been spending a lot of time this summer asking myself the question: ‘What would a charismatic and incarnational faith look like?’ On the surface this is an easy question to answer and we could say that the incarnation means that we would be the means through which the power and spirit of God will…

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Thoughts on Post-Modernism from Erwin McManus

Found a talk given by Erwin McManus through iTunes. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Erwin leads Mosaic church out in LA. ‘The reason I can take you through this time is not because I’ve studied this theoretically, not because I’ve read a thousand books, or not because I’ve written one. But because I…

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Americans be warned of the Lord Almighty

Americans be warned of the Lord Almighty He fumes with furry over your boasting and pride. Never has He poured out blessings            as He has upon you and your fathers Yet you continue to squander your gifts for worldly gain Your backs have turned from your Creator      …

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Of what shall we Boast?

Our lives are spent accomplishing everything from project, compiling a great work of historical value, loving others, bringing peace, causing war, attaining friends, knowledge, wealth, and a number of others simply limited by our imagination. It seems only natural to be excited about that which we’ve done before, or are on the verge of completion.…

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Prayer without Surrender…

Recently I’ve been reading a lot of the old testament while working through a book on the prophets by the renowned Jewish scholar Abraham Heschel called “The Prophets” as well as continuing to work on my prayer life and reading a short devo book by Andrew Murray titled “Absolute Surrender” and there have been some…

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