Monthly Archives: July 2015

BLOG 7/29/15. WHAT ABOUT A THEOLOGICAL ‘UN-SEMINARY’?

BLOG 7/29/15. WHAT ABOUT A THEOLOGICAL UN-SEMINARY I’ve just finished reading Dale Stephens’ fascinating book: Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than You Peers Ever Will. Here’s an entrepreneurial young guy who starts … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/26/15. CAN YOU SEPARATE CHRISTIAN FAITH AND POLITICS?

BLOG 7/26/15. CAN YOU SEPARATE CHRISTIAN FAITH AND POLITICS? In this political season so irresistibly upon us, often comes the protest from some that they don’t believe in mixing Christian faith and politics. But the very idea that you can … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/22/15. “BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME!” … OR WILL THEY?

BLOG 7/22/15. “IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME!” … OR WILL THEY? In the movie The Field of Dreams, a farmer was convinced by some strange voice that he could recall the baseball heroes of the past if he … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/19/15. “WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR CONGREGATION?”

BLOG 7/19/15. “WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR CONGREGATION?” Time and again I have asked otherwise thoughtful persons: “What is the purpose of your congregation?” And: “How does your pastor facilitate that purpose/vision?” Time and again I get total blank … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/15/15. OF COURSE ATTICUS FINCH WAS A RACIST–MOST OF US WERE

BLOG 7/15/15. OF COURSE ATTICUS FINCH WAS A RACIST—MOST OF US WERE. I don’t know whether to be amused or dismayed at all of the ‘flap’ over the revelation in Harper Lee’s new book that lawyer Atticus Finch was a … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/12/15. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PRIESTS? AND WHAT ARE THEY?

BLOG 7/12/15. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PRIESTS? AND WHAT ARE THEY? The pageantry of the visit by Pope Francis in Santa Cruz, Paraguay this past week was fascinating. The adulation of that huge crowd of the Catholic faithful for … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/8/15. MARRIOTT HOTELS, AIRBNB, AND THE CHURCH

BLOG 7/8/15. MARRIOTT HOTELS, AIRBNB, AND THE CHURCH From time to time I have responded to the number of articles about how the Millennial generation is leaving the church. My sense is that they may have been doing quite the … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/5/15. THE FRIGHTFUL MISUSE OF THE TERM: ‘EVANGELICAL’

BLOG 7/5/15. THE FRIGHTFUL MISUSE OF THE TERM: EVANGELICAL I am continually appalled at how frightfully so many journalists and pundits seem to mindlessly misuse use the term evangelical Christians to tar everything that comes out of a certain provincial … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/1/15. IS A ‘CHRISTIAN NATION’ A MYTH?

BLOG 7/1/15. IS A CHRISTIAN NATION A MYTH? In the light of recent SCOTUS decisions, and many other events in the news, there have been all kinds of embarrassing rhetorical outbursts from well-meaning advocates about this being a ‘Christian nation’ … Continue reading

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