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Humanism and the Goodness of God

By: on January 30, 2020

I am three days into the Context, Culture and Mission intensive course with Dr. Len Sweet at Southeastern University. I would be lying if I did not admit that my brain is hurting. Several years ago I had a conversation with Dr. Sweet where he remarked that Jesus did not come to make us more…

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Cut Flower Christianity

By: on January 30, 2020

The year was 2004. The Olympics were held in Athens, Greece where a total of 10,625 athletes from 201 countries competed in 301 sporting events. NASA successfully landed the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) on Mars. U.S. President George W. Bush beats John Kerry in the elections garnering him a second term. His political platform was…

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Something Old, Something New

By: on January 30, 2020

I heard a speaker/preacher once say at church, “if you go back far enough, everyone has a past.” The purpose of saying that was to make everyone realize you are not where you use to be but never think of yourself to highly because, without God, none of us would be where we are at…

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Philanthropy does it work?

By: on January 29, 2020

Max Weber a German sociologist and political economist in his book The Protestant Ethic and the “Spirit” of Capitalism was looking into the foundational ideas that created the perfect storm for Capitalism to thrive. To Weber these ideas came from Protestantism, specifically from Luther’s concept of calling and Calvinism’s view of Predestination.[1] Weber noticed a…

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Max Weber.

By: on January 29, 2020

The pre-suppose. «Max Weber presupposes, in Protestant ethics and the spirit of capitalism, the existence of the relationship of which he studies only modalities. The de chain of circumstances’ ends in a ‘causal chain.’ His question begins like this: ‘How do some religious beliefs determine the emergence of an economy mentality,’ in other words, the…

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Jesus is Coming, Look Busy!

By: on January 29, 2020

When I was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church, I stood with my fellow ordinands before our Bishop, clergy colleagues, friends and family, fellow congregants, and God and answered the 19 “historic questions” instituted by John Wesley. One of those questions was this: Will you observe the following directions?…

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Do The Evolution

By: on January 29, 2020

The germination story of Christianity is a marriage of two cultures and the theological struggle holding them both in tension.  On the one hand we have the Hebrew culture, the culture that originated in a nomadic, tribal people; whose history consisted of grand stories of Exodus and Exile.  The people rarely had autonomous political power…

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On How Calvinism & Capitalism Have Calcified Our Imaginations

By: on January 28, 2020

Observing that many of the most successful and well-educated business people of his day were Protestants, Max Weber, in his essay The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, sought to answer the question: what is the connection between Protestantism and the emergence of the capitalism of his day?  Drafted less as an economic expose,…

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Vocational Assurance

By: on January 28, 2020

Reading through Weber’s The Protestant Ethic raised a lot of questions and contained a lot of thought provoking ideas.  I can honestly say that the notion that Calvinism serves as one of the roots of Capitalism has never crossed my mind, so this was a deep dive into new territory. As I was reading, one…

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Iron Cage: A Spoken Word Reflection**

By: on January 28, 2020

There is a deep hunger within each person, a wondering, a longing for a grounded Presence. For millennia, we’ve been searching. We want to know there’s more to this life then what is visible.   So, we look about for the Divine, the God of Creation, Who spoke and all we see came to be.…

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A Call to Resituate Innovation

By: on January 27, 2020

Capitalism at is worst develops suffocating monopolies. The field of innovation is currently monopolized by the Mammonic grip of the evolving spirit of capitalism. Furthermore, innovation has been taken hostage by the Protestant ethic, and “the common good” requires innovation to be rescued from its inclusion as an agent of perpetual commodification and resituated as…

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Noll and the Liberal Arts Education Comeback

By: on January 26, 2020

*Please note, this blog was written while in the middle of the flu. Not just any flu, THE flu. The one that hit hard this week, spiking my fever to 103 and then took my entire body down to the depths of depravity with it. While I have been fever-free for 24 hours, it’s only…

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How the Scandal has Affected the African Church

By: on January 26, 2020

The title of the book threw me out of the balance “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.” I am coming from an evangelical tradition of the Friends church in Africa, and this title was scared for sure. The church in Africa was established by evangelical movement from North America beginning from the 19th and 20th…

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Leveraging The Christian Faith To Create More Impact In Society.

By: on January 25, 2020

Having resources, position or knowledge is one thing and maximizing their usage for better results is quite another thing. Leadership is about mobilizing people and other resources to achieve the set objectives and maximizing the results. The measure of one’s leadership ability is the results that you produce. Mark Knoll, in analyzing the Evangelical churches,…

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Only Incidental

By: on January 25, 2020

“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Jesus of Nazareth “Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung This is a subject that I do…

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The problem is, well, America

By: on January 25, 2020

Good grief I am getting old. I have the 1994 edition of Mark Noll’s Scandal of the Evangelical Mind sitting on my shelf which I read in 1995.[1] On first reading, I remember thinking it was a rather harsh experience, but once I realised it was mainly about Americans, I felt so much better. However,…

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Noll’s Scandal

By: on January 24, 2020

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind is a fascinating work by Mark A. Noll of the study of the evangelical mind, and how evangelicals, especially modern American evangelicals, “have failed notably in sustaining serious intellectual life.”[1] Noll is a prolific writer and research professor of history at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, specializing in…

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An Evangelical Mind, Is A Terrible Thing To Waste!

By: on January 24, 2020

John Fea describes Mark Noll’s The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind as continuing to serve as a guiding light, an intellectual road map, and a source of inspiration decades later for many of Noll’s readers. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind convinced Fea that the life of the mind was a legitimate calling despite his…

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