Monthly Archives: April 2008

MOST: A Modern-Day Parable, Christian, but Biblical?

For many years, a modern-day parable has been circulating (based on a true story by some referents) about a father who takes his son to work one day where he is a bridge operator for a railway, and due to

MOST: A Modern-Day Parable, Christian, but Biblical?

For many years, a modern-day parable has been circulating (based on a true story by some referents) about a father who takes his son to work one day where he is a bridge operator for a railway, and due to

The Big Exposure of “EXPELLED”

After seeing the movie today, I decided to collect some data so as to ensure a more informed and thoughtfully “intelligent” response to all that is happening regarding this movie, and the general issues surrounding Darwinian Evolution & Intelligent Design.

The Big Exposure of “EXPELLED”

After seeing the movie today, I decided to collect some data so as to ensure a more informed and thoughtfully “intelligent” response to all that is happening regarding this movie, and the general issues surrounding Darwinian Evolution & Intelligent Design.

The Great Emergence – Phyllis Tickle’s 500-year Rummage Sale

If you have not yet seen or heard Phyllis Tickle’s talk from the November 2007 National Youth Worker’s Convention, it’s worth it. Marko has blogged about it here, Terry Mattingly wrote about it here, and you can purchase the DVD

The Great Emergence – Phyllis Tickle’s 500-year Rummage Sale

If you have not yet seen or heard Phyllis Tickle’s talk from the November 2007 National Youth Worker’s Convention, it’s worth it. Marko has blogged about it here, Terry Mattingly wrote about it here, and you can purchase the DVD

U2 & Not For Sale

U2 has put out a 3-disc box-set containing the Joshua Tree CD, with new mixes and recorded live performance. This package also includes a 56-page hardback embossed book, featuring previously unseen Anton Corbijn photos and original essays by Bono, Edge,

U2 & Not For Sale

U2 has put out a 3-disc box-set containing the Joshua Tree CD, with new mixes and recorded live performance. This package also includes a 56-page hardback embossed book, featuring previously unseen Anton Corbijn photos and original essays by Bono, Edge,

TED Talks Worth Talking About – Dean Ornish

Dr. Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.

TED Talks Worth Talking About – Dean Ornish

Dr. Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.

A Third Way – Jesus and Nonviolence

Wink, Walter. Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way. Fortress, 2003. (119 pages). What does it mean to champion non-violence, and to live against the “Myth of Redemptive Violence?” The beginning chapters of this short book illuminate the passage in Matthew

A Third Way – Jesus and Nonviolence

Wink, Walter. Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way. Fortress, 2003. (119 pages). What does it mean to champion non-violence, and to live against the “Myth of Redemptive Violence?” The beginning chapters of this short book illuminate the passage in Matthew

RELEVANT’s Burning Issues: War

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. WAR: How Should We Respond? 1. Jim Wallis – Followers of the Prince of Peace should be the hardest to convince

RELEVANT’s Burning Issues: War

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. WAR: How Should We Respond? 1. Jim Wallis – Followers of the Prince of Peace should be the hardest to convince

RELEVANT’s Burning Issues: Consumerism

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. CONSUMERISM: How Do We Escape the Excesses of Culture? VIA: I had several disagreements with the contributors. Here are my thoughts,

RELEVANT’s Burning Issues: Consumerism

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. CONSUMERISM: How Do We Escape the Excesses of Culture? VIA: I had several disagreements with the contributors. Here are my thoughts,

RELEVANT’S Burning Issues: Culture

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. CULTURE: How Do We Influence It Without Being Consumed by It? 1. Shane Claiborne: Part of what I think we have

RELEVANT’S Burning Issues: Culture

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. CULTURE: How Do We Influence It Without Being Consumed by It? 1. Shane Claiborne: Part of what I think we have

RELEVANT’s Burning Issues: Politics

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. POLITICS: Is Either Party Right? 1. Brian McLaren: We need to get beyond the idea that Christians should be in one

RELEVANT’s Burning Issues: Politics

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. POLITICS: Is Either Party Right? 1. Brian McLaren: We need to get beyond the idea that Christians should be in one

RELEVANT’S Burning Issues: Faith

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. FAITH: What Is the Biggest Problem Facing the Church Today? 1. Shane Claiborne: the prosperity gospel that [says] God has come

RELEVANT’S Burning Issues: Faith

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. FAITH: What Is the Biggest Problem Facing the Church Today? 1. Shane Claiborne: the prosperity gospel that [says] God has come

RELEVANT’s Burning Issues: Homosexuality

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. HOMOSEXUALITY: How Should We Respond? The range on this question is much more difficult to decipher. I’m also working on a

RELEVANT’s Burning Issues: Homosexuality

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. HOMOSEXUALITY: How Should We Respond? The range on this question is much more difficult to decipher. I’m also working on a

RELEVANT’s Burning Issues: Injustice

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. INJUSTICE: Is Our Focus on Social Justice Out of Balance? The general consensus is that Christianity has falsely dichotomized evangelism and

RELEVANT’s Burning Issues: Injustice

The May_June 2008 edition of Relevant Magazine posted 7 burning issues: Injustice, Homosexuality, Faith, Politics, Culture, Consumerism, and War. INJUSTICE: Is Our Focus on Social Justice Out of Balance? The general consensus is that Christianity has falsely dichotomized evangelism and

TED Talks Worth Talking About – Stephen Hawking

February 2008, Stephen Hawking, arguably the world’s most famous physicist, gives a talk at TED. Here is my transcription of the talk complete with links, and then some reflections and implications for faith: There is nothing bigger or older than

TED Talks Worth Talking About – Stephen Hawking

February 2008, Stephen Hawking, arguably the world’s most famous physicist, gives a talk at TED. Here is my transcription of the talk complete with links, and then some reflections and implications for faith: There is nothing bigger or older than

American Idol Worship: What An American TV Show and an Australian Worship Leader Have In Common

I don’t watch American Idol, though I peruse it now and then as I’ve been told it is the number one show on TV right now. Even people in my church feign it’s wonder. But, I do teach worship and

American Idol Worship: What An American TV Show and an Australian Worship Leader Have In Common

I don’t watch American Idol, though I peruse it now and then as I’ve been told it is the number one show on TV right now. Even people in my church feign it’s wonder. But, I do teach worship and

You’ve Jott to be Kidding Me!

So, my friend sent me the coolest new technology, and I just have to share. Jott allows you to email, text, blog, add items to your Google calendar, and even surf Amazon.com all from talking into your phone. And, it’s

You’ve Jott to be Kidding Me!

So, my friend sent me the coolest new technology, and I just have to share. Jott allows you to email, text, blog, add items to your Google calendar, and even surf Amazon.com all from talking into your phone. And, it’s

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

Randy Pausch, a science professor at Carnegie Mellon, has given his last lecture entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” You can learn more about the professor everywhere, at USA Today, at Oprah.com, at abcnews.com, and view the lecture on Google

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

Randy Pausch, a science professor at Carnegie Mellon, has given his last lecture entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” You can learn more about the professor everywhere, at USA Today, at Oprah.com, at abcnews.com, and view the lecture on Google

Wright & Wrong and Race in America

A new video on YouTube has emerged that gives a fuller context of one of Wright’s sermons; the famous “chickens are coming home to roost” message. You can see the sermon here. Will Samson has blogged about it here. While

Wright & Wrong and Race in America

A new video on YouTube has emerged that gives a fuller context of one of Wright’s sermons; the famous “chickens are coming home to roost” message. You can see the sermon here. Will Samson has blogged about it here. While

פסח – The lamb that was slain…on video

Being so far away from the culture and context of the Bible, it is difficult to feel, viscerally, what the teachings and stories evoked. I did not grow up on a farm, so my experience with animals is limited to

פסח – The lamb that was slain…on video

Being so far away from the culture and context of the Bible, it is difficult to feel, viscerally, what the teachings and stories evoked. I did not grow up on a farm, so my experience with animals is limited to

Constantine’s Sword

I began reading this book years ago (and am newly invigorated to pick it up again) and it has just been made into a film. Visit http://www.constantinessword.com for news, trailer, etc. Here’s the Synopsis: Constantine’s Sword is the story of

Constantine’s Sword

I began reading this book years ago (and am newly invigorated to pick it up again) and it has just been made into a film. Visit http://www.constantinessword.com for news, trailer, etc. Here’s the Synopsis: Constantine’s Sword is the story of

Surprised at Love Won Out – The Church and Homosexuality, pt.2

This post is part two. Part one can be found here. What garnered a standing ovation at this particular conference was [name redacted by request]’s testimony. If you are interested in getting audio editions of this, or any session of

Surprised at Love Won Out – The Church and Homosexuality, pt.2

This post is part two. Part one can be found here. What garnered a standing ovation at this particular conference was [name redacted by request]’s testimony. If you are interested in getting audio editions of this, or any session of

The Discovery & History Channels, and “Honest” Scholarship continued…

(This post is a continuation of a previous post by the same title, dated April 11, 2008) So then, what about Christian communities wrestling with “one of their own” engaging in these kinds of discussions? Was Northpointe right in ‘accepting’

The Discovery & History Channels, and “Honest” Scholarship continued…

(This post is a continuation of a previous post by the same title, dated April 11, 2008) So then, what about Christian communities wrestling with “one of their own” engaging in these kinds of discussions? Was Northpointe right in ‘accepting’

Mercy For Girls

I’ve been following a ministry for a little while called Mercy Ministries. They’ve recently released a 4-book set entitled “The Mercy For Series,” authored by the founder, Nancy Alcorn, that I think is worth getting. Each one is a short,

Mercy For Girls

I’ve been following a ministry for a little while called Mercy Ministries. They’ve recently released a 4-book set entitled “The Mercy For Series,” authored by the founder, Nancy Alcorn, that I think is worth getting. Each one is a short,

Surprised at Love Won Out – The Church and Homosexuality, pt.1

This is part one. Part two can be found here. I attended the Love Won Out conference this Saturday, hosted by Focus on the Family, and I was pleasantly surprised. Their website reads: Focus on the Family’s Love Won Out

Surprised at Love Won Out – The Church and Homosexuality, pt.1

This is part one. Part two can be found here. I attended the Love Won Out conference this Saturday, hosted by Focus on the Family, and I was pleasantly surprised. Their website reads: Focus on the Family’s Love Won Out

Hurt, and the Paradox of Healing

After a dinner with one of students in my ministry, I decided to post my review and comments on Chap Clark’s Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers. Baker, 2004 (sixth printing, 2006). (236 pages). Though based on a project

Hurt, and the Paradox of Healing

After a dinner with one of students in my ministry, I decided to post my review and comments on Chap Clark’s Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers. Baker, 2004 (sixth printing, 2006). (236 pages). Though based on a project

TED Talks Worth Talking About – Johnny Lee Hacks a Wii

March 2008, Johnny Lee gave a short 5 minute presentation on how he innovated on the famous Nintendo Wii to turn the $40 remote into a low-cost, multi-point, interactive white board, and a desktop Virtual Reality 3D device. Within a

TED Talks Worth Talking About – Johnny Lee Hacks a Wii

March 2008, Johnny Lee gave a short 5 minute presentation on how he innovated on the famous Nintendo Wii to turn the $40 remote into a low-cost, multi-point, interactive white board, and a desktop Virtual Reality 3D device. Within a

The Discovery & History Channels, and “Honest” Scholarship

The Discovery Channel is at it again with another provocative production entitled, “Jesus: The Missing History.” The host, Kent Dobson, as a result of this endeavor has tendered his resignation at the school where he was employed (story here, and

The Discovery & History Channels, and “Honest” Scholarship

The Discovery Channel is at it again with another provocative production entitled, “Jesus: The Missing History.” The host, Kent Dobson, as a result of this endeavor has tendered his resignation at the school where he was employed (story here, and

Earth Hour ’08 and the Power of Symbols

Thursday, March 29, 2008 was “Earth Hour,” a campaign that encourages individuals, organizations and businesses to turn off their lights for one full hour beginning at 8pm. This year, 24 global cities participated. Time Magazine published this article on Earth

Earth Hour ’08 and the Power of Symbols

Thursday, March 29, 2008 was “Earth Hour,” a campaign that encourages individuals, organizations and businesses to turn off their lights for one full hour beginning at 8pm. This year, 24 global cities participated. Time Magazine published this article on Earth

Would Jesus Want To Convert Jews?

On March 31, 2008, JPost.com posted an article by Shmuley Boteach entitled “Would Jesus Want To Convert Jews?” (and here). I am continually perplexed and frustrated at the widening gap between what is popularly understood about religious beliefs/faith systems/theology, etc.,

Would Jesus Want To Convert Jews?

On March 31, 2008, JPost.com posted an article by Shmuley Boteach entitled “Would Jesus Want To Convert Jews?” (and here). I am continually perplexed and frustrated at the widening gap between what is popularly understood about religious beliefs/faith systems/theology, etc.,