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One and Many or, Serving Is Seeing

Happy first day of Spring! Shortly I will be out pruning our decorative grasses for new growth. Herbs will be planted in their own little place. Weeds will be pulled from the flower beds. Garden sprinklers will readied for use. Here's to hoping the actions of one will produce many enjoyable times in the yard this spring, summer, and fall. (more…)

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She Shows Up . . . 32

Rarely would I be considered a hopeless romantic. In fact, if we were to play the Newlywed Game, I suspect romantic would never be an apt response unless the question was, “What could you be more of?” (more…)

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Moses, Snake, and Jesus or, Heretical Communities?

Maybe we shun the label heretic too quickly. What if the Apostle Paul aimed to create heretical communities across the Roman Empire aimed at bringing peace in the Way of Jesus? (more…)

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It’s All About the Base, No Trouble

Grandma Littleton tired of the question, “Are you Catholic?” This came after she responded to, “How many children do you have?” She would reply, “Eight. Six boys and two girls.” Over time she developed a startling response to the question of her religious background, “No. Just oversexed Baptists.” Were she still alive I would have to tell her, “Well played Grandma, well played.” (more…)

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Nathan Is Like Jesus, or What Happens When You Describe the Cause of Jesus’ Death

Mondays for preachers should at least come with some humor. After all, many of us replay the message from the day before in our heads and face the specter that we could have communicated better. At least those of us who preach our own stuff. (more…)

Tag Archives: Election

Radical Anarchist? Really? or, Dissent by Not Voting

I will have to write on this subject after a few days in the mountains. We will plan to radicalize our anarchy while taking in a balloon festival.

Keep an eye hear for my friend, and mentor, Dr. Davis who will respond to a comment I left on a recent post of his. He writes,

Tomorrow: I Answer the Radical Anarchist, Todd Littleton, Who Claims He Will Not Vote and You Should Not, Either.

Hi, Todd!

In the mean time, my friend Marty Duren puts together a post on following Jesus out of American Civil Religion. I will be sans Internet, or at least will only have intermittent access.

Enjoy.

It’s the Economy or, A Piratic Snowclone to Challenge the Church

I love neologisms. Reading up on the origins of the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid,” I ran across a reference to snowclones. It occurred to me that this phrase could be used to describe how the phrase could function to alert us to the subtle way the economy often influenced and influences the Church more than our stated commitments to the way of Jesus. And, yes I am guilty too.

Twenty years ago James Carville’s leaked internal memo revealed an angle the Bill Clinton campaign would use to unseat George H.W. Bush. Some of you may remember the phrase that seemed to encapsulate it all, “The economy, stupid.” The leaked phrase morphed into the public vocabulary as, “It is the economy, stupid.” Not much has changed.

Today it appears no one is willing to make the mistake of ignoring the economy. Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney is willing to go all ostrich on the issue of American life that pervades nearly every conversation.Read More

On the Road …

Blogging will take a backseat to a few days in Colorado. Mountains for the keyboard – yes. But, should I find a little wi-fi, I may look in to see what is going on the RNC and compare it to the DNC. Then again …

I ran across this piece from Anthony Smith – take a look. Anthony is always provocative and compelling.

There will be some reading going on for the final paper on Rollins for the Fitch/Holsclaw course.

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