Theological Musings of the Moment

Seminary is almost done! It has been an extremely enriching time for me as few are granted the opportunity to set much of life aside to look into theology, history, missiology, and the scriptures for three years. There has been a lot that I have learned about: contextual theology, evolutionary theology, preaching, contextual theology/indigenous churches, and much more.…

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Why I believe Occupy Wall Street Matters #OWS

Marking the start of the third month of the Occupy movement’s work in lower Manhattan I feel like I have finally had enough time to process through everything that has been going on to share a few thoughts and one frustration. Let start by saying that I believe this is a thoughtful group of people with important…

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A Rolling Series of New Beginnings

Life is a rolling series of new beginnings that we often fail to acknowledge. It seems that life can be viewed one of two ways, as a series of conclusions, or of beginnings. With the deluge and overlapping story lines of our lives, every day we are rolling through these points. Points that can be viewed either way.…

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How should we participate…

What – if any – way should we be involved in the social movements spurring up around the country? I feel immense change is coming to America (and the Euro-zone) yet struggle to know how to respond/participate… Any  thoughts you could share with me?

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If the Resurrection is a sneak peak…. #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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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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Thoughts on the Rapture… that never was

In light of the fact that it is May 21th and no-one has been raptured and we are still here, I thought it appropriate to share a few thoughts on this whole rapture idea that people have fallen in love with. ‎Right down to the present day, this new apocalyptic is spread in the United…

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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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I miss my first love – skiing

It’s a bit bizarre, but every now and then I find myself in one of those moods. Wondering what life would be like had I not walked away. After years of hard work I had achieved an incredibly unique situation, having access into a very closed off industry and getting offered several jobs every year…

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Happy New Year!! Hello 2009

A year has come and gone. Of my years of late this one has been rather uneventful. Aside from started up Nineteen05 back in January and starting Seminary in the spring we have just been chugging along. No major trips (only a handful of weddings), and nothing overly dramatic took place. Don’t believe that I…

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Men and Women of Today

I mentioned a quote from a book by Henri Nouwen in November (here) and since finishing that book have really connected and identified with Nouwen as an author and a man of God. In much the same way as I have connected with Andrew Murray (19th Century author) who I have read a number of…

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Church Exposing Members Sin Publicly… really?

I just posted about an hour ago about the passing of the second founder of the Moral Majority (which later evolved into the Evangelical Right). Now i was catching up on feeds for the day and came across this. Rebecca Hancock told FOXNews.com that Grace Community Church, a non-denominational church in Jacksonville, Fla., was against…

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End of an era, begining of a new one?

Yesterday evening I came across in one of my feeds this article about the passing of Paul Weyrich. His name didn’t initially strike me but the movement that he helped create (along with the late Jarry Falwell) has influenced and, in my opinion, abused the church in America for the last 3 decades. Those two…

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Characteristics of a Leader

Watching a video of Edwin H. Friedman during a course he raised several characteristics a self-differentiated leader should have. Vision Stamina (ability to withstand mutiny) Persistence Self-Regulation in the face of sabotage This leader would be one devoted to a vision and cause above and beyond the people involved with that cause. He goes on…

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There is no compassion without many tears

In preparing a short essay for class based on the final section of the Nouwen book quoted below I came across this: It might sound strange to consider grief a way to compassion. But it is. Grief asks me to allow the sins of the world-my own included-to pierce my heart and make me shed…

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Has the Internet Killed Ethos?

If only Aristotle was alive today to observe and comment upon everything in our present world that he could have hardly dreamt of. Lately in two of my courses we’ve revisited his study of rhetoric in one form or another. They always say that ethos, or personal reputation, holds the most weight with people and…

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Being the Runner

It’s weird being back here at Stout and attempting to discover what it is the Lord brought me back here to accomplish. As of right now I am at a loss for what it is, and I’m trying to figure it out. I know I’m not to be in a position of leadership and it…

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Reactionary or Precautionary…

The other day I was heading home and thinking about how much I spent on groceries, again. I don’t understand why I always buy so much. It isn’t so much that it is impractical, it’s that I anticipate when I shop for food. I anticipate being out of something and want to avoid it. This…

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video: laundry

[display_podcast] There has been a lot of transition over the last several weeks for me, a month ago I just finished celebrating my birthday on the southern coast of France. Now I am living in small town midwest. Of all things involving moving you home, it is doing laundry that really makes me feel like…

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