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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Revisiting “To Change the World,” by James Davison Hunter

It’s been almost 2 years since the publication of James Davison Hunter’s To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, and if the initial tide of commentary/debate/criticism has ebbed, still, it seems this book will continue to exert a commanding influence over the ways in which Christians consider […]

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The Would-Be Masters of Our Animal Spirits

“We must shift America from a needs- to a desires-culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things, even before the old have been entirely consumed… Man’s desires must overshadow his needs.”~Paul Mazer, Wall Street banker working for Lehman Brothers in the 1930s                     […]

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“The Fine Line,” by Kary Oberbrunner

I’m constantly fascinated with the “fine line.” On a grand scale, cosmologists hypothesize that had certain physical constants varied – by seemingly infinitesimal amounts – no mind would be here to ask, “Why is there not nothing?” On the moral front, Alexander Solzhenitsyn spoke compellingly of the fine line separating good and evil that “passes […]

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