Month: October 2012

Evidently, You Desire People to Stare at Your Daughter’s Posterior

  I’m not usually the prudish type – but now I’m a father. I took a trip into the next town over to pick up a cold beverage.  As I pulled up to the convenience store, I saw kids who were gathering as they were finishing their Halloween festivities – among these youth were about

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Mark Tooley’s Disgusting Straw Man Speculation – @theIRD

  Mark Tooley reeled me in this time. In an article posted by One News Now, Mark Tooley begins a story by using the POTUS’s middle name (Hussein) – in this context, a dog-whistle to connect Obama to “the other” in the reader’s mind – and recounting the history of his membership at Wright’s Trinity

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Keith Pavlisheck of @theIRD Creates a Straw Man from a Straw Man

  Keith Pavlisheck is a blogger with The Institute on Religion & Democracy.  Apparently, he also specializes in calling fellow believers names and having a sullen sense of superiority about it. Shane Claiborne is a pacifist – and a church leader, writer and prolific national speaker.  He views Jesus self-sacrificing death on the cross as a

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SERMON from 10-28-12: “I Do Not Intend to Tiptoe Through Life Only to Arrive Safely at Death” Bumper Sticker Series (final)

  Matthew 25.22-29 22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents. ’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you

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“When The Church Has Nothing More To Say…”

With a circulation of just over 30,000, I’m sure The Christian Century should be read by many more people.  Yeah, it’s print – and print is dying – but still… In their October 31st, 2012 edition, an editorial column addresses the recent efforts of just less than 1,500 pastors to buck IRS regulations and engage in electoral

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Spitballing the Future of the Church: Small and Rural Edition

  On The Verge: A Look Into The Apostolic Future of The Church is a book written by Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson.  In it, Hirsch posits that the church became the power structure and lost it’s status as a vital movement.  Essentially, the church becoming the power structure – at about the time Constantine

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@DrJEWest Makes A Great Point, My Morning

  There really is no substitute for the community inherent in living the Christian faith. I thought this was a funny way of describing it's importance.   Great way to use your tweets, Dr. West.   His blog is also good. Maybe go check it out.  

‘We’re No. 4!’ @UnitedSeminary Takes a Victory Lap?

United Theological Seminary is a school on the rise.  For better or worse, their enrollment is up and they are gaining a reputation for being one of the top theological schools in the UMC–maybe even the country. They are doing so well–in fact–that they were named #4 in a survey of graduate programs…in Dayton, OH…by

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SERMON from 10-21-12: ‘Write Your Sorrows in Sand & Your Blessings in Stone’ (from series entitled ‘Bumper Sticker Theology’)

1 Peter 1.3-7 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

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SERMON from 10-14-12: ‘We Must Be The Change We Hope To See In The World’ (from the series ‘Bumper Sticker Theology’)

  James 1.22-25   22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23 For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24 for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they

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