In his book, The End of Religion, Bruxy Cavey made this statement about faith, “When faith becomes religion, people on the inside of the group begin to focus their attention on the perimeter, patrolling the boundaries to regulate who is in and who is out. They develop visible boundary markers, demarcations of holiness, which become […]
June 4, 2013
Many Christians hold to a doctrine of scripture that sees only the divine side of the documents, while significantly downplaying the human dimension. It’s almost as if they believe the writings came from outer space somewhere, magically appearing on earth as a complete book, directly from God. Others believe they were divinely dictated, leaving the […]
January 1, 2013
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 34,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.
December 11, 2012
In this short clip, Alan Hirsch discusses the difference between the church as communitas, not community. A communitas is a church steeped and driven by mission, not ministry. As a result, it isn’t afraid to take risks as it moves towards the future with an honest sense of adventure and creativity; qualities that often don’t […]
December 6, 2012
I originally thought about making specific comments on this video, but decided against it. Why? Alan says it all. I absolutely love this short clip. Watch, share and chat about it with family, friends and your church. Insightful, helpful, honest and inspiring.
December 5, 2012
I’ve been thinking about this theme again lately. When we replace the statement ‘Jesus is Lord’ (which happens to be one of the earliest Christian creeds) with the statement ‘Jesus is Savior’, it fundamentally changes the way we read, understand and live out the gospel. Echoing ideas from an earlier blog on the gospel of […]
November 30, 2012
___________________________________________________ I can give you no greater advice than these reflections from Tom Wright – Jesus is absolutely in the middle If you want to know who God is, look at Jesus If you want to know what it means to be human, look at Jesus If you want to know what love is, look […]
November 21, 2012
Setting the Stage for the Piecemeal Method of Bible Reading I have never been a fan of the kind of Christian spirituality that treats its primary story source, the bible, as a kind of piecemeal diet. A nibble here, a nibble there. A verse here, a verse there. Add in a little commentary from someone […]