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Eluding the Iron Cage

on February 18, 2019

When one contemplates the definition calling in ministry, it is often equated to the “calling, a religious conception, that of a task set by God.”[1] However, in The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism Weber introduce calling as a duty in reference to one’s professional calling. He wrote, “The idea, so familiar to us today…

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Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism.

on February 18, 2019

When Jesus sent out his disciples out to the lost sheep of Israel, he advised them to proclaim the message of the Kingdom by healing the sick, raising the dead, driving out demons and many other miracles. He then stressed to them that they should not take any gold or silver with them after the…

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Weary and in Love

on February 16, 2019

Coming out of a week long meeting I can say that this book spoke to me (not always in a positive way) about our walk and conversations with the one true guide in this life. I am writing this both tired from travel and leading this meeting. So I hope that this response is not…

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So What is the Protestant Ethic?

on February 16, 2019

Max Weber contends that empirical evidence of greater Protestant participation in the ownership of capital, management, and the upper ranks of labor may be the result (but not the cause) of religious affiliation.[1] It would appear that the rejection of economic traditionalism often led to the tendency to question all traditionalism, even the traditional forms…

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Without Hard Work Hard Nothing Grows But Weeds.

on February 15, 2019

This Quote by Gordon B Hinkley[1]is of great interest to me because life is like a battle and when you cease from fighting for the good, the bad automatically takes over. Life is about the choices that you make, knowing that every choice has consequences. God has given every person the important ability to make…

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Is This the Protestant Ethic?

on February 15, 2019

Coin split in the middle showing heads and tails Living in Washington, DC can be exhausting at times. I hate to continuously write about things going on here, but it is an ever present reality. The government is in full blown crisis mode, but everything is going about as usual. Even if you try not to look at the never ending news, someone will…

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Forget about Tanya. Here is a resource for you to teach your people about finding God’s will…

on February 15, 2019

I imagine the Apostle Paul hearing about this study…   Tanya: “Let’s label and quantify anthropologically and psychologically effects that people experience and call “real” when they pray.” The Apostle Paul: stares blankly…. “Ok, well I’m going to go tell those people over there about the real Jesus. Bye now.”   Tanya Luhrmann writes in…

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Stay in your lane…

on February 15, 2019

I’m not sure how I feel about Luhrmann’s text, When God Talks Back.  Luhrmann sets out to understand the American evangelical experience through personally assimilating herself into a church system. “Tanya began researching the American evangelical experience by attending weekly services at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church in Chicago. This church, the Vineyard, is one of…

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Do You Believe?

on February 15, 2019

Do You “Believe”? Written by: Jay Forseth on February 14, 2019 Before I jump into Luhrmann, I recognize she gives us MANY things we can EASILY discuss. I feel I must start this week’s Blog with the one word that kept coming up in my mind while reading Luhrmann’s, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. [1] The word is—“believe”. No, I’m…

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Worship today brought to you by Max Weber

on February 15, 2019

While we were in Hong Kong, many of us chose to worship at the Hong Kong Baptist church.   The entire service was both foreign and familiar to me.  Though I had never been there before, and didn’t understand the language, many of the hymns were familiar, the feel of the worship space was familiar, even…

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Life’s Quick Fix

on February 15, 2019

There is a story I once heard about God talking to a child.  The child asked, “God, what is a million years on earth like for you?” and God replied, “It’s like one minute in Heaven.”  So, the little boy asked, “God, what is a million dollars on earth like for you?” and God replied,…

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I Have My Doubts

on February 15, 2019

I have little doubt that ‘When God Talks Back’ by Tanya Luhrmann could be a difficult read for many who call themselves Evangelical. Akin to deep introspection or even constructive criticism that is unrequested, the sense that one is being observed with a critical eye is unnerving. Many might be prone to react defensively, feeling…

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Collaborating in the Mystery

on February 15, 2019

  Christians all over the world pray to God. At my church we have at least five different prayer ministries. Seeking God is a normative part of the Christian experience. But what about hearing a response from God? T.M. Luhrmann asks about the Divine response to humans in her multi-year anthropological study of the Vineyard…

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Does God Help Those Who Help Themselves?

on February 14, 2019

  I remember the first time I heard that saying – God helps those who help themselves. I didn’t give it much notice except that my husband made mention of it later and hinted that it was not biblical. I was in my mid-twenties and for the life of me could not figure out the…

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Hard Work and Its Reward

on February 14, 2019

“Hard work pays off.” my band director would say time and time again to us. “Hard work is its own reward,” my parents and grandparents would repeat over and over to me and my sisters. Even in our deeply Catholic community the remnants of the faith system of the Puritans who founded our city could…

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Do You “Believe”?

on February 14, 2019

Before I jump into Luhrmann, I recognize she gives us MANY things we can EASILY discuss. I feel I must start this week’s Blog with the one word that kept coming up in my mind while reading Luhrmann’s, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. [1] The word is—“believe”. No, I’m not saying God spoke this word to me. But maybe He…

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Miracles v. Hard Work

on February 14, 2019

Weber’s book, The Spirit of Capitalism, is a founding sociology text. In this book, he advocates that capitalism is a direct result of the protestant work ethic. He argues that we are indebted to our religious heritage for the successes of capitalist economies.[1] According to Weber, it all began with the dawn of Protestantism. In…

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Do We Listen?

on February 14, 2019

When I picked up When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God by T.M. Luhrmann I was expecting a hit job on evangelicals. Not sure why, just was. What I found was a deeply thought out discussion of the implications of hearing God speak. Luhrmann discusses her experiences within The Vineyard denomination, which, to my embarrassment, I had never heard of…

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When Calling becomes Competition

on February 14, 2019

Early in my youth I had an existential crises which led me to explore the purpose of my life. Perhaps this exploration is normal as children grow into adults, but it led me through a dark place. With an encouraging intent, a leader shared with me Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have…

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Who’s Your Buddy?

on February 14, 2019

Tanya Luhrmann’s When God Talks Back explores a mental place of cognizance where Christianity, Science, and Psychology intersect to form a type of a sustainable space where one can pray, communicate, and hear the voice of God. Using a phenomenological approach and ethnographic method, Luhrmann immersed herself into the Vineyard church to observe, interview, and…

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