Category Archives: Christianity

“You Probably Don’t Know Their Names” by Paul S. Williams

Good thoughts by Paul S. Williams on ministers who, without fame or grand recognition, serve their congregations:

Nowadays we are so fixated on celebrity ministers that we have eyes for little else. But there are so many more who look so much like Jesus. We do not see them because we are not paying attention. We are too busy attending to the voice of ambition, seeking the successful and famous.

What’s nice to remember is that this does represent the majority of those who work in pastoral/church ministry both here and throughout the world.  Many of them work “real jobs” other than church work.  They have never written a book.  They have never been invited to speak at a conference.  They are likely not sources for the wide array of highly touted  models claiming to have the keys to “ministry effectiveness”.

Read the rest of the article here.

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God, Jesus, Pacifists, Pansies, & A Girl From Pakistan: Thoughts on Mark Driscoll’s Recent Article

God, Jesus, Pacifists, Pansies, & A Girl From Pakistan:  Thoughts on Mark Driscoll’s Recent Article

I dare Mark Driscoll to call this young lady a “pansy”.

Mark Driscoll’s article, “Is God a Pacifist?“, has spurred a lot of online discussion and debate—and rightly so, because his article raises (and glosses-over) several complex and difficult topics.

In my own understanding of Jesus’ teachings, his life, and the practices of the early church, I lean heavily towards pacifism.  However, I know that if my family were threatened with violence, my response could be anything but peaceful or lacking in violence.   Beyond this inner and (thankfully) theoretical struggle of “what would I do?”, my initial thoughts after reading Driscoll’s post  were these (though not in the order I felt them):

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Mark Riddle: Thoughts From an Unchurched Pastor

My longtime friend, Mark Riddle, has just written a great post about where he is on the journey towards Jesus and what that means for him regarding church.  Please read the whole thing.  He says some difficult things, but the content and intent is good and honest.  I resonate with much of it.  Here’s an excerpt:

Sorry for making you feel guilty for having a life outside of the church. You were on to something.  It was better that you volunteered at the school, the team or the squad more than the church. I was wrong.  Your commitment to the soccer team may have been more important that my retreat. Your commitment to the band connected you to far more kids who needed you, than in the stuff I led.

—Mark Riddle

Read the entire post at liquidthinking.

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Education

Education

The fact that the above meme is popping up (apparently without any attempt at correction) on people’s Facebook statuses makes a great case that at least a little academic education, knowledge, or spelling and grammar awareness, wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

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Kierkegaard on Our Contradictions

“In the splendid cathedral the Honorable Right Reverend Geheime-General-Ober-Hof-Praedikant [Private Chief Royal Chaplain] comes forward, the chosen favorite of the elite world; he comes forward before a chosen circle of the chosen ones and, deeply moved, preaches on the text he has himself chosen, ‘God has chosen the lowly and the despised in the world’—and there is no one who laughs.”

—Søren Kierkegaard
The Humor of Kierkegaard: An Anthology, 148

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Whom Would Jesus Inaugurate?

Whom Would Jesus Inaugurate?

I can’t help but wonder how Jesus would have responded if he had been invited to pray at  inaugural ceremonies for Tiberias in 14 AD, or what Paul’s response to such a request would have been for any of the emperors during his lifetime.

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