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What I read this week

A brilliant and humbling article about ministry, life, and authentic engagements with poverty that outlines the life Sri Lankan theologian/scholar/community leader Ajith Fernando A conversation with Peter Block and Walter Brueggemann about the meaninglessness of our current political narratives  Religious exit polls from the Presidential Election. Some interesting statistics about the changes in religious affiliation and political identification as well as some data representing some strong correlations … Continue reading

Art for Tha Soul: How to Love

Love and sexuality are deeply connected. Our modern culture has an awkward dance sometimes lacing the two together and other times relegating sexuality (and the acts of eroticism) to bodily, almost animatistic, functions. We struggle to, in action, interweave sexuality in our desire for deep, abiding,long-lasting intimacy. Sometimes this is done explicitly and sometimes it is done with a … Continue reading

SELAH

My friend Ruth and I have been leading an experiential worship service at our church Free Methodist of Santa Barbara. The premise of the service is to create space to explore the spiritual disciplines (via Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline). We are actually at the end of our journey this year, but have started thinking … Continue reading

Commentary: Talking about Cultural Diversity in Your Church

I just finished Michael V. Angrosino’s book Talking About Cultural Diversity in Your Church. Angrosino is a Anthropologist at the University of South Florida  and writes primarily about the South, Mental Retardation , and more recently Religion.  Since Angrosino is not a theologian or religious scholar, his perspective of faith and the church comes from a cultural, … Continue reading

Commentary: Christian College Diversity

I recently posted an interview with George Yancey concerning ethnic-diversity at Protestant colleges and universities. The first section is below: George Yancey has been an important voice on diversity within American Christianity. In addition to authoring several books, the University of North Texas sociologist is cofounder of the Mosaix Network, a relational association that promotes … Continue reading

Resources: General Thanksgiving Prayer

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the … Continue reading

Resources: Collaborate [rather than compete]

Why is this type of desire and collaboration so difficult? How to we pursue this type of collaborations in the communities around us both as individuals and parts groups/organizations?

Perspective: Shane Claiborne & the Emerging Church

I have a very mixed view of the Emerging Church movement – especially as one who embraces ideals of Post-Modernity and Modernity and doesn’t feel “at home” in Emergent or mainstream Evangelical contexts. One the one hand I appreciate the willingness of push the status quo, the focus on Orthodpraxy (justice, reconciliation,  grace, etc.), embrace … Continue reading

Perspective: The Rhythm of Silence

The difficulty with silence is the noise of not talking. The sound, which drums up from our soul once the melody of speech, has decrescendoed out of our lives. It is often we misunderstand this melody – the things that we say, articulate, and produce – as the primary part of our personhood. And although … Continue reading