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DMin, Leadership and Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

Auri Sacra Fames

By: on February 6, 2020

Talking doesn’t come easy for me. Thinking, at times, can be quite overwhelming and attaching spontaneous vocalizations to thoughts has never been less than a challenge. When I observe or experience an injustice, I want to say something, I just don’t know how or what to say. The feelings (immensity of emotion) are there, as…

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What actually is being consumed?

By: on February 6, 2020

Vincent Miller in his book Consuming Religion writes a “Consumer culture is best diagnosed not as a deformation of belief but as a particular way of engaging religious beliefs that divorces them from practice.”[1] Miller is not anti capitalism but is more concerned on what the affects a consumer culture has on religion and how…

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Whatever That Means

By: on February 6, 2020

Another week, another Canadian!  Stephen Hicks, who teaches at Rockford University has put together a dense and highly critiqued tome Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, which argues that postmodernism is a rhetorical strategy, created and kept aflame mainly by academics and elites on the far left, in response to the downfall…

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Ask Not What Your Church Can Do For You…

By: on February 4, 2020

A young couple decided to take a trip together. It was a journey they had been talking about for a long time. Arrangements were carefully made. The couple were thorough in their search, making sure that the carrier they selected could get them to their destination as comfortably and conveniently as possible. They studied several…

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Has “Come Again!” Replaced “Follow Me.”?

By: on February 4, 2020

Rectangles of colorful fabric saturated with images and prayers adorned the walls of the lobby which appeared to be strategically designed to resemble an elitist country club. Unlimited Fair-Trade coffee, complete with images and stories of coffee farmers and their families, was free for the drinking. Popular music playing at just the right volume set…

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Christianity and atheists are new to Africa.

By: on February 4, 2020

Spencer’s purpose in writing is not pushing a political agenda here, but he is clear that the West’s Christianity past does not necessarily imply anything about how it should move into the future. Although from an Africa perspective, we differ with him and agree with some of his reasoning. Spencer does want to counter the…

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Folk Theology, Seduction, and the Cult of Personality

By: on February 4, 2020

For the longest time, I have argued that I can find more theology within a song written by the American rock group, The Eagles, than I can in almost any song written within the contemporary worship movement.  One of my favorite songs of all time is “Desperado”, the title track to the Eagles’ 1973 album. …

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Model Ts, the Modern Nuclear Family, and Megachurches

By: on February 3, 2020

The emergence of the megachurch onto the American landscape in the 1980s, though seemingly novel at the time, has deep roots in the Protestant movement, beginning in the 16th century when Huguenot architect Jacques Perret envisioned and then constructed a large, multi-functional worship space. Then in the Revivalism of the 1700s, George Whitefield “pioneered a…

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Consumerism

By: on February 3, 2020

Scripture and consumerism Jesus spoke often about the challenge of materialism.  Sure, there weren’t all the advertisements, brands, cosmetics and fashion magazines but he did explain in Luke 12 how things have a way of taking hold of our hearts and becoming our master.  He did talk about how we can so easily give our…

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Where do we acquire the desires that drive our choices?

By: on February 3, 2020

Miller challenges us to consider, how does “consumer culture change our relationship with religious beliefs, narratives, and symbols.”[1] Concurrently, in a purely free market what influences our desires that drive our choices? I ask myself; do we need a renewed or restored idea of what the telos, God’s influence ought to be in our communities?…

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The Need for Middleware in Faith and Practice (and Innovation)

By: on February 3, 2020

Vincent Miller’s subtitle of Consuming Religion captures an easily overlooked aspect from his book. The subtitle reads, “Christian faith and practice in a consumer culture.” While this book obviously unpacks and critiques consumer culture, it is also (and just as much) an articulation and reflection on the connection between “faith and practice” with consumer culture…

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The Color of Confusion

By: on February 2, 2020

Religion can be a difficult topic for many. In Hospice work, my patients will often say, “I don’t want any of that God stuff.” So, I don’t give them any of that “God stuff” verbally, but I always let them know I’m praying for them and interject little stories about my faith in our conversations.…

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The music of Christianity resounds in our shared history

By: on February 2, 2020

This is a little late, but hey, it’s here 🙂 Over the last decade or so, Christian authors from a wide range of backgrounds have been pushing back on the secular narrative that Christianity has no right to a public voice, given that enlightenment thinking has caused the decline of interest in the mystical traditions…

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The Miserly State of the US’ Welfare Regime

By: on February 1, 2020

Will Jones emphasizes how Spencer recounts the pivotal role that Christianity has played in the formation of Western ideas, values, institutions, and culture in his book, The Evolution of the West. Through a series of essays developed through his work with Theos, a Christian think tank based in Westminster, UK, Spencer is careful not to…

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Science and the Accidental Midwife

By: on February 1, 2020

  It is no surprise for those who know me, that I am a lover of all things relating to science. It started with the third-grade science teacher who defended me from students teasing me about the giant baby shoes I wore to correct my pronation. Since that time, I loved him and the class…

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Human Rights and Forced Hospitality

By: on January 31, 2020

My oldest and youngest seem to hate each other a large portion of the time. Of course they do not hate each other, it just seems that way. Frequently the situation plays out where JT asks JP if he can play with a particular toy because it is his turn. JP rejects JT’s request out…

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Every Bylaw Has a Story

By: on January 31, 2020

I live in a realm of policies, protocols and bylaws with a three-inch-wide “Guide to Services.” When questioning the curators of this knowledge, “Why does this exist?” one quickly discovers that every policy has a story behind it. A narrative about a situation where someone made a decision that had consequences, sometimes for many people.…

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What comes after Democracy?

By: on January 31, 2020

The rise in populism in the west at times leads me to wonder whether the democratic system has run its course. At its best, democracy safeguards against extremism as elected officials presumably represent the majority centre of a given state. Unfortunately, we are seeing increasing polarization in many places resulting in election results that are…

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Rhetoric in Action

By: on January 30, 2020

“At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, how good and pleasant it is…

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