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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

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

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

Vince Campbell

Here are three youtube clips of great commentary on the early church – specifically the divisions that emerged from different cultural perspectives and cultural philosophies.  The video is from a workshop he and Soong Chan Rah led at this year’s CCDA (which I was unfortunately unable to attend). Vince is currently a PhD student at … Continue reading

Are We There Yet?

Urban Faith recently published my article on Christianity Today International’s newest short-term missions curriculum, Round Trip. Excerpt Round Trip includes the typical information that likely can be found in a variety of training manuals for short-term mission candidates. But unlike many of those programs, this documentary and handbook bring an intimate, real-life narrative to the … Continue reading

Interview with Soong-Chan Rah

I wanted to pass this article. It is an interview with Northpark University professor Soong-Chan Rah about diversity in the church and his new book The Next Evangelicalism.  Several of the questions of from me and the others come from Ed Gilbreath and some others at UrbanFaith.com. Here are some of the questions asked. Practically … Continue reading

Greed

If one desires a short, and invigorating read about the evolution of greed in western secular and Christian culture, Phyllis Tickle’s Greed is an ideal read. Greed is a part of the Seven Deadly Sins series, a joint effort between Oxford University press and the NY public library – it is also a series on … Continue reading

Beautiful Togetherness

Sf Gate The Rev. George Cummings looked out over his congregation in the Laurel District of Oakland and saw white faces sitting next to black ones. Piedmonters sat next to Oaklanders.One of the most intractable racial divides in America – the self-segregation of churches – was being bridged before his eyes. Judge says O.J. Simpson … Continue reading

Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not … Continue reading

Soul Searching

Soul Searching is a film for anyone wanting to know more about the spiritual lives of teenagers. The book – of the same title and well worth the read – is robust in its examinations and shows the complexities and sometimes shallowness of teenage spirituality. This DVD does the same. The DVD gives images and … Continue reading