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What COVID-19 May Be Telling Us About Us

By: on April 1, 2020

In a phone call with a faith leader this morning, we discussed the “Jobian” feel of the COVID-19 pandemic. Reflecting together on the life of Job, we wondered about suffering and how this might be the first moment in modern history where suffering is the simultaneously shared experience of the entire world. We discussed the…

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Taringa Whakarongo (Let Your Ears Listen)

By: on April 1, 2020

Te timatanga o te matauranga ko te wahangu, te wahanga tuarua ko te whakarongo. The first stage of learning is silence, the second stage is listening. [1] Culture is meaningful. I have observed a culture of leadership, specifically of the Christian ilk, that seems to be quite fearful at its root. Hierarchy and a striving…

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Don’t Do As I do; Do as I say

By: on April 1, 2020

I learned as a parent that things are more often caught than taught. As a child, when I asked my Dad “why?”, his response was usually “because I said so!” Though this was never a satisfactory answer I did understand it was his way of saying he was the boss. Every parent learns there is…

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The De Facto R&D Branch of Christianity

By: on March 31, 2020

There is something almost magical about the ages of 18 to 24. So many of life’s biggest decisions are made during that time. How people are impacted during that season will affect them for the rest of their lives. I’ve given my adult life thus far to this age group, and I love the potential…

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Life is Like a Clock

By: on March 31, 2020

Life is like a clock It has an exterior seen by people And an interior filled with gears.   The clock has a function. How well it functions depends on the gears contained within and how well they work together.   Faith is one of those gears. So is God and Jesus and Spirit and…

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Investing in Spiritual Development While Sheltering in Place

By: on March 31, 2020

I was having a conversation with the student ministries director of my church yesterday. As our church has followed CDC and local recommendations regarding large group gatherings, he has had to be resourceful in fulfilling his responsibilities. The students have met together through Zoom in place of their regular Sunday evening activities, but he said…

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Finding Our Foundation

By: on March 30, 2020

The issue of morality is one that each of us wrestles with throughout our lives.  Where does morality come from?  Why was it wrong for Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit?  Why was it considered evil for Cain to murder Abel?  Why is it wrong to steal the Hershey’s bar from the gas…

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Youth and politic a challenge

By: on March 30, 2020

It’s very interesting how politics are still something young people show little interest in. In his last chapter 5, Smith eludes this vital topic of “Civic and political disengagement”. It is nothing new to know that the percentage of young people who are involved in decisions regarding government policies is very small. Few have been the times…

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You’re Gonna Serve Somebody

By: on March 27, 2020

OH NO! A Ramone’s song just came back to me! “I don’t wanna grow up…”[1] A brief note about our social science authors from their bio’s: Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame.…

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What in the world are we doing together

By: on March 19, 2020

Reflecting on these two texts, I am focused upon the term ‘Ezer Kenegdo.’[1] The word Ezer Kenegdo is an old Hebrew term, but the purpose of discussion essentially means a strong warrior, a complimentary partner with the other half of the adam. I love the word complementary. Complementary is what one is and doing if they…

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The Bible Says It. I Believe It. That Settles It?

By: on March 18, 2020

What do we do when the historic interpretation of a passage (or two) of Scripture does harm? Certainly a multitude of faithful Christ-followers in every expression of Christianity, and as well as those who never really gave Jesus a chance, have been bruised, broken, and bloodied by the teachings of the Church. The Bible has…

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Equal but Different

By: on March 18, 2020

The date was around 1990. The place Lake Tapps Christian Church. My position was an unpaid Associate Pastor in a small growing church plant. The issue being discussed in our meeting was installing elders for the first time and whether we should consider a woman who was active in the church desiring to be an…

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Complementary Equality

By: on March 17, 2020

Within theology, “egalitarianism” is defined as “a movement based on the theological view that not only are all people equal before God in their personhood, but there are no gender-based limitations of what functions or roles each can fulfill in the home, the church, and society.”[1]  It’s counterpart, “complementarianism” is defined as “the theological view…

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The Need to Innovate Innovation: The Gender Gap Problem

By: on March 17, 2020

Paradox An innovation theory meta-paradox currently reigns: while innovation theory proclaims creativity is often developed on the fringes, innovation theory is still dominated by white men both through its praised exemplars (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg) and theorists (Buchanan, Brown, Kelley, Rogers and other names unique to that circle). I want to be sure…

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WOMEN IN MINISTRY WITH THE FMC

By: on March 17, 2020

One of the five freedoms of the Free Methodist Church denomination is to ordain women into ministry. Historically it has been a value of the FMC theology statement and rooted in the teachings of John Wesley and later carried on to the FMC by its funder B.T Roberts. Since its birth, women, called into ministry…

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When the Dog With the Most Toilet Paper Wins

By: on March 16, 2020

The COVID-19 virus is spreading over the globe. It began in China and has migrated and infected people in numerous countries. “There have already been 174,000 cases and 6,700 deaths worldwide.”[1] Fear and panic has also infected communities through digital media outlets highlighting stock market corrections, health-care system overloads, and supply chain challenges. People are…

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Discovering The Mother Heart of God

By: on March 16, 2020

I had just arrived at the dinner table this evening, having finished up my reading of Katia Adams’ Equal and Lucy Peppiatt’s Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women. Both are remarkable works that, through careful exegesis, conclude that women and men are uniquely suited for equal roles of leadership and authority in the life of the…

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The Undefended Church

By: on March 12, 2020

Simon Walker‘s The Undefended Leader trilogy defines a model of leadership of selflessness. He invites leaders first to acknowledge how one’s upbringing influences their style and default settings in leadership. He talks about the front stage and back stage aspect of leadership and how these two aspects are connected and how they influence the leader’s…

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I feel therefore, I am. (sentio ergo sum)

By: on March 11, 2020

First Pain Summer Camp was a wonderland for me as a kid; it holds some of my first and fondest memories. The early 80s, I was free to fly. I wasn’t held back from any place, unless it was after bedtime and I ran like the wind everywhere I went. To the field to play…

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The issue with power

By: on March 11, 2020

The issue of power and leadership has always attracted my attention since 27 years in ministry; in fact, I have been in many leadership positions and seen firsthand how power unfolds through manipulation, the privilege, the rich, in the secular and religious environment. One of the most attractive concepts in the field of social sciences…

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