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The Kingdom is Near: can I keep my deodorant?

I listen to Bruce Cockburn. When Eddie Vedder sings, Society, I get it. I read Stanley Haurwas and John Howard Yoder and something within me says, “that sounds right.” I can get a little excitement going for a counter-cultural response … Continue reading

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Ryan Woods is Coming to Streaming: one more reason you should as well

I currently am using Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Young Radicals (edited by Shaine Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove) for my daily prayers. Yes, I think of myself as a young radical. Today’s prayers included Psalm 109. “But you, O Lord … Continue reading

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Faith and the White House: things I bet you didn’t know

One of my all-time favorite tv shows is The West Wing. I loved watching smart characters who passionately believed in what they were doing, worked hard and smart, and loved the people with whom they worked. Aaron Sorkin’s writing, as … Continue reading

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My mentors are all younger than me

This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. The one thing you’re supposed to bring as you get older is wisdom, which in turn could make you a mentor to younger, less wise, persons. I mean, everything else about getting … Continue reading

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Why Ministry Training Must Change: forming learning communities

I am fully convinced that situated learning, or learning in context, is the way to prepare ministers. I was dubious about whether learning that depended a great deal on online delivery would work toward these ends. I was particularly concerned … Continue reading

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Why Ministry Training Must Change: we’re not in Kansas anymore

No one has invested more in the way we have been training ministers for the past 200 years than I have. I have a BA in biblical studies, an MA in Christian history, an MDiv (the gold standard ministry degree), … Continue reading

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Being Saved: living in patterns of trust

In a previous post, I wrote that our own participation in the “word of the cross” is saving. Put another way, when the death and resurrection of Jesus becomes autobiographical for us, we find ourselves being saved. But what does … Continue reading

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You Are a Theologian: Be a Good One

Here’s my bold claim of the day: theology is about God. I’ll give you a minute to gather yourself. How about them Red Wings? Ok, let me see if I can make the claim a little bolder. Theology is not … Continue reading

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How to Read Your Bible More Better, Drei

Beyond all the techniques for reading, the most important thing you bring to the text is questions. The kinds of questions you ask of a text determine to a large extent the kinds of answers you get back. So, in … Continue reading

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Repost: A Non-Reducible Text in the Service of a Non-Reducible God

Second in a series started on my old blog to be finished here. Texts do different things. And because they do different things, they have different characteristics. The stop sign around the corner from my house only works if it … Continue reading

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