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What Would Thad Do?

I am no plumber. In fact, every time I think of doing something outside of my vocation, pastor, I hear Jerry's words, "It's hard on a preacher to sweat." This coming from a strapping fellow accustomed to hauling hay, cutting calves, and planting cotton. (more…)

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Community Witness

Human beings look for meaning behind every event and experience. Maybe not all look for meaning, but many do. The Church continues to grapple with how to talk or describe the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus. That is not likely to change. (more…)

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Remembering Mr. Mott or, My First Encounter With An Ask-Assertive Teacher

He should not take the blame. I am likely not the only one who took something from Larry Mott during their high school days at Northwest Classen. No, I did not take one of his pens. (more…)

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The Sequel? or Living the End(ing) of Mark

What would it mean to Harry Potter fans had J.K. Rowling stopped her series at the second book? Or, how would it play out had we not had the rest of the story in the Hunger Games Triology? Or, what would we make had there been only the first installment of, The Lord of the Rings? (more…)

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METALHEAD: Grief and the Birth of God

Grief paralyzes. Its eerie tentacles reach deep to grab the voice. Silence is Grief’s agent, Anger its expression, and Fear is its fuel. (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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