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When the future invades the present

April 17, 2017

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Note; This is an expanded meditation of Easter’s posting.  Jesus was launching a subtle rebellion at his resurrection, the day when Eternity invaded Temporality and Life swallowed Death. He upended the norms of Death and played by his own rules. He declared one of his norms in Matthew 20:16: “The last will be first, and […]

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The Great Reversal

April 16, 2017

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Jesus was launching a subtle rebellion at his resurrection, the day when Eternity invaded Temporality and Life swallowed Death. He upended the norms of Death and played by his own rules. He declared one of his norms in Matthew 20:16: “The last will be first, and the first last.” He immediately implemented that rule when […]

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A meditation for Holy Saturday

April 15, 2017

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This is an enigmatic day wrapped in an unpopular doctrine. The day: The Church universal has always remembered Christ’s descent “into Hell,” per the fifth article of the Apostles Creed. The enigma is bound with the question: “Why would God send Jesus to Hell?” The unpopular doctrine is Hell itself.  Perhaps the enigma becomes more […]

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A dim ray of hope in climate change

April 11, 2017

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Perhaps the path to clean skies and calm seas snakes past Washington and toward Sacramento, with California Governor Jerry Brown blazing the trail. Such speculation arises even as activists book buses for the People’s Climate March in Washington DC on April 29. No doubt they’ll brandish signs and rally against the Trump administration’s evisceration of […]

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Hope in the cauldron

April 10, 2017

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I confess. I’ve sometimes joined maudlin evangelical Christians in their fashionable despair. Our tribe seems to have drifted far from its moral, theological, intellectual, and spiritual roots, which once entwined themselves in the great Protestant luminaries and summoned all Christians back to the Bible. The more congenial rolled out the carpet to sympathetic Catholics and […]

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The myth of “open-ness” at PTS

March 23, 2017

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Nothing matches the closed-mindedness of the supposedly open-minded. I say that as the authorities at Princeton Theological Seminary smear gobs of egg off their faces. The school’s Kuyper Center was about to grant its Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness to the Rev. Tim Keller, the soon-to-be-retired lead pastor of Manhattan’s Redeemer Presbyterian […]

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Why Churches Are Folding, Book 1,504,002, Chapter 1,354,700,1650,001, 97,000th Draft

March 22, 2017

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I’m weary of dooms-day articles signaling American Christianity’s demise. Salivating secularists hail an on-coming age of light while woe-begone evangelicals prophesy deeper darkness, with the latter writing new books offering innovative solutions. Strangely, the remedies look like repackaged programs from previous eras. Add them together, mix and stir: Sermons should radiate theological depth while emulating […]

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A saint sees the Lenten whole

March 21, 2017

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I stumbled on a quote from St. Peter Chrysologus, a fifth-century  Bishop of Ravenna, that eloquently wraps private devotion and public obligation in a bow. Which wasn’t unusual for Peter: He was known for short, theologically rich sermons, understandable to laity and clergy alike. The quote gives us a great perspective as we plow through […]

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Warning: Resistance fighters could sprout marmalade hair

March 7, 2017

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It’s clear. Some of us , me included , should slow dance to Lent’s beat. Be cool. Chill. Stroll through the woods. Hear the water drip. And let’s trim our social media tirades to no more than one every 24 hours (I’d urge replacing all harangues with thoughtful, constructive criticism, but I’d be laughed out of the […]

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Evangelical Environmental Network: Back the EPA

March 5, 2017

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The Evangelical Environmental Network publish this 30-second ad encouraging us to contact our federal representatives and shore up the embattled Environmental Protection Agency. It erases the false dichotomy that pits the environment against the poor.

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