I was asked a month or two ago to prepare a class on the Devil from a Presbyterian/Reformed understanding. I worked really hard on that class because, to be honest, I had never really done a whole class on the satan (in Hebrew it is more often a title than the name of a celestial being). Anyway, here is a brief summary of the class.
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In his new book, The Great Spiritual Migration, Brian McLaren offers an image of opening a can of Coca-Cola, take a sip, and gagging at the taste–it’s gone bad. You open another can in the case. Terrible. Another. Bleh. By the time you get to the fourth or fifth can, it is unlikely you will go through all twelve before maybe calling customer service to complain. A representative answers and you being to complain about […]
We are on a precipice. We may have been standing there for nearly 500 years, or maybe only 100 years, but on a precipice we stand. We do not know what lies beyond in what looks like a deep dark chasm below—it may be a jagged cliff with a solid rock floor, or it may be a cool blue ocean full of life and calling us to join in the fray.
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If you don’t subscribe to the daily meditations of Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico, I encourage you to do so. His depth and insights are both challenging and encouraging at the same time—I like that kinda thing. Most of his meditations are drawn from his own extensive work on spirituality. This week he started a series on “The Cosmic Christ.” […]
A community or family that plays together, stays together! I could go on and on about a “theology of play,” but I’d rather just show you. Some of the amazing talents at University Presbyterian Church in Tempe, AZ.
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Thousands of books (dare I say tens of thousands?) have been written about it. Ecclesiastical rock stars have touted the top 10 ways to do it (and written books). Denominations are still wrestling with THE way to do it. And yet, we aren’t there yet.
I don’t know how many books, conferences, YouTube talks, and general conversations I’ve encountered about how to “do” church better, but in all of them I get this sickly […]