Pushing Thirty

and shedding pretentions

Word Cast Break…

I’m taking a leave from this new blog, probably until sometime in August.  I’m going to focus on some more pressing issues (particularly with the Bible school starting up.)  I will however continue to post on my site (Facebook:  see my “notes” section).  Blessings.

hitting the books.

hitting the books.

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July 21, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Is Ghandi a model Christian?

From time to time, in the midst of a foray on issues of justice and oppression, I catch a little line of thought that always seems to get a voice.  Often, it ends up being the last word, a sort of seal-the-deal argument that puts all dissent to rest. The words are always a bit different, but the idea is consistent:

Ghandi was a better Christian than most Christians.

Its a powerful line.  When it gets used, it stands as the definitive proof that Christians by and large aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Continue reading

July 20, 2008 Posted by | Christ, Religion | , , , , | Leave a comment

300 Facebook “friends”

Well, I just added my 300th friend on Face Book.  No, I don’t really have 300 friends in real life.  If I were a spartan, I could defend an entire country with my FaceBook army. Continue reading

July 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Gospel According to Wiki

If you haven’t yet heard, the open source information site Wikipedia has begun a translation of the Bible. The translation is already underway, conducted in the same manner that all information is accrued on the site: lay “experts” post their information and it stands as the entry for their topic unless it is challenged by someone else. If it is challenged, minutia can be debated for page after page in the subtext (just look up your choice of hot-topic on Wikipedia for an example).

Now, I like Wikipedia. A lot. It’s the most convenient source of cursory information on the net, which is exactly what you’d expect from an Encyclopedia. Continue reading

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Christ, Religion, writing | 3 Comments

A Walk Worthy

Last night, I was leading a prayer meeting and prayed using Paul’s words from Colossians, chapter 1.  The prayer goes a little something like this:

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Now, the phrase in bold has always puzzled me, but as I prayed it last night, a powerful understanding overtook me.  Continue reading

July 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gang Bangers and the New Perspective

A local entertainment club company is taking heat for implementing a new dress code in downtown Kansas city clubs. The rationale for the dress code is that it is an effective way to disarm the perception that downtown venues are not safe, but the complaints against it are that the dress code successfully discriminates against hip-hop culture. Right or wrong, this slice of real-life is an excellent example of the kinds of problems that the Gospel addresses, and exactly the kind of barriers between peoples that the Gospel is breaking down.

Or so might N.T. Wright say, present day Bishop of Durham and modern biblical scholar that is throwing a five hundred year old reading of Paul into a tizzy with a New Perspective. The entire reformed tradition of Bible interpretation is founded upon what Martin Luther thought Paul the Apostle was saying: mainly that the point of the Gospel was that men have to trust that God’s salvation is given freely, and is not based on their own merits of exemplary behavior. And given the oppressive religious climate in Luther’s day, it’s easy to see how he could have read Paul’s letter to the Romans, looked out his window, and thought, “I know exactly what this guy is talking about.” Continue reading

July 12, 2008 Posted by | Christ | 1 Comment

Limitations

Nothing presses me to the edge of my abilities like computers.

I bought a Mac for a thousand good reasons, and one of them was that it was supposed to do all the work for you automatically that would normally take a team of tech-geeks 10 hours to walk you through on the phone. Mostly I’ve found that to be the case. But the problem with that kind of service and automation is that if something doesn’t work right, you’re out of answers from go. Continue reading

July 6, 2008 Posted by | limitations, writing | 1 Comment

Big Storm

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Here’s a photo of a big thunder head I shot with my cell phone.

July 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Don’t See ‘The Final Inquiry’

Usually I have a knack for finding a jewel of a movie in the midst of a picked-over new release shelf. My wife marvels at my ability to wade through the ocean of flicks unworthy of our attention and pull out an off-the-beaten-path film about Jesus or someone who loves Jesus. My greatest success to date was finding “The Ten Commandments,” a recent (2006) mini series that went to DVD that no one’s seen. The special effects on the parting of the sea are phenomenal (eat your heart out Heston) and,yes, they’ve got the Pillar of Fire.

But last week, I faced abject failure. Continue reading

July 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment