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Bakhtin and MacIntyre

Generalizing from “literary genre” to “tradition” and substituting the term “faith” for “literature” on pg. 106 of M.M. Bakhtin’s Problem’s of Dostoevsky’s Poetics, we get: A tradition, by its very nature, reflects the most stable, “eternal” tendencies in faith’s development. Always preserved in a tradition are undying elements of the archaic. True, these archaic elements […]

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On Gossip

My speech toward and about others whom I claim to love must be rooted in “agape.” If not, then either my love or my character is flawed. (Agape in this context is to will that which is best for the person or persons whom I profess to love.) In all instances I must first ask, “Is my speech idle? malicious? thoughtful? […]

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“The Worship Industry”

(Insert obligatory “I don’t endorse Brian McLaren’s theology” here.) follow and share herenowkingdom

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Michael Lewis On Luck

Anton Chigurh: You know what date is on this coin? Store Proprietor: No. Chigurh: 1958. It’s been traveling 22 years to get here. And now it’s here. And it’s either heads or tails. It’s impossible to watch this iconic scene from the Coen brothers morality tale No Country for Old Men without contemplating the place […]

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The Local Church and New Monastic Practice

Shane Claiborne at Willow Creek Pt. 1 Shane Claiborne at Willow Creek Pt. 2 follow and share herenowkingdom

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“How Our Religious Narratives Affect Us”

Robert H Thompson on Blog Talk Radio Peter Block, best-selling author of The Abundant Community, among others, joins Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss again this week. Peter has invited his colleague Dr. Walter Brueggeman to join us as well. One of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades, Dr. Brueggemann is […]

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On Jonathan Frederick Will, Baby Dedications, and Community

George Will recently penned a column about his 40-year-old son, Jonathan, who has Down syndrome. In it, he related how upon his arrival, the doctor told Jonathan’s parents their first question was whether they intended to take him home from the hospital. Will continues: Nonplussed, they said they thought that is what parents do with […]

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Footwashing and the Church’s Telos

In my readings, it seems the majority of those who think footwashing should not be considered an ordinance focus on three things: That footwashing (as opposed to Baptism and celebration of the Eucharist) appears only once in the Gospels; that footwashing is not practiced in Acts; and that there is no detailed instruction regarding when […]

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Footwashing: A Peculiar Behest

The church’s telos, imposed by God is to bear witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is neither a set of ideas or a system of belief, but the grace (both judgment and redemption) of God made known in human lives. ~ From: Why Church Matters, by Jonathan R. Wilson *Behest: an urgent prompting […]

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“Stations on the Way to Freedom”

Shawn and I are undertaking a fast. For at least the first three days, this includes water only. I tend to think “fasting” from other things, like television, etc, isn’t really fasting, but we are also going evening-TV free for the next 21 days as well. The food thing hasn’t been as difficult for me […]

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