A passion for Jesus and for justice

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Justice is inherent in justification. This understanding of justification will have enormous effects on the church’s understanding of mission. Like Paul, the church that lives by this account of justification will not merely be trying to “save souls” but will want to be God’s agent in the creation of a justified and just people – […]

Painful but true words about gifting

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If you are entrusted with a certain gift, most of the people around you won’t be similarly gifted. They won’t be able to see as clearly because God has not equipped them to. But being gifted with discernment does not give you permission to be spiteful, arrogant, or judgmental toward them. It is your responsibility […]

links for 2010-02-09

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The End of Intelligent Design? | First Things "It is time to take stock: What has the intelligent design movement achieved? As science, nothing. The goal of science is to increase our understanding of the natural world, and there is not a single phenomenon that we understand better today or are likely to understand better […]

links for 2010-02-02

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Storied Theology » That Violence Thing Isn’t Important Now, Is It? Er…. I've never understood the fascination with Mixed Martial Arts, which seem to be awfully popular among a lot of Acts 29 types… (or maybe just for the Acts29 founder?) Daniel Kirk pretty much nails the point of my discomfort. (tags: christianity mixed_martial_arts violence)

links for 2010-02-01

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microclesia ? Blog Archive » Wired to Contribute "Religious / clergy-based leadership often behaves like an overbearing conductor, not partnering with the orchestra but managing and controlling the musical conversation. Talgam concludes, “The worst damage I can inflict on my orchestra is to give them a clear instruction, for it prevents the sectional ensembles from […]

links for 2010-01-26

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Storied Theology » Authenticity Part 3c: Sexuality "As I indicated in the first post in this series, I think authenticity is important, even indispensable in Christian communities. But it is not a sufficient rule of practice to tell us either how to act (because we’re being authentic) or how we shouldn’t (because doing a particular […]

links for 2010-01-25

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Storied Theology » Authenticity Part 3b: Forgiveness and Anger "First, did you notice that our worship of God is given back-seat to our relationships with God’s children? Against our individualistic tendencies that see worship as a matter between me and God, or my heart alone before God, this passage says no, the quality of your […]