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

Trying to Take Over the World

By: on February 18, 2020

Pinky: “Gee, Brain. What are we going to do tonight?” The Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world” This was the response at the beginning and end of every episode of the 1995 animated parody television series oriented around two genetically altered lab mice with the intentions…

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Collaborative, Cooperative Idealism: a means to sustainable change

By: on February 18, 2020

Dr. Hunter, a social theorist, provides summaries of world-changing philosophies and practices by comparing and contrasting views on how to change the world. His book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity Today addresses various modes and means of both groups and individuals; their effort and ideals for how to make…

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Here I Come to Save the Day

By: on February 18, 2020

It’s ok to admit that you saw the title of this post and instinctively started singing it in the voice of “Mighty Mouse.” (Some younger readers might have to click this link to catch the reference.) Amazon Prime recently launched an irreverent and raunchy television series called, “The Boys.” It imagines a world in which…

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Can I Really Change Anything?

By: on February 17, 2020

Ever since I read Hunter’s To Change the World last summer, I have been wrestling with the thoughts and implications presented.  What made this so relevant to me was being in the midst of the political turmoil and calls for freedom in Hong Kong. To summarize the recent Hong Kong political climate, the trouble began…

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Who is Hunter?

By: on February 17, 2020

Who is Hunter? Hunter began his career at Westmont College as an Assistant Professor of Sociology from 1982-1983. He then moved to the University of Virginia, where he taught as an Assistant Professor of Sociology from 1983 to 1989. He then became a Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies from 1989 to 1994. He held…

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Style Your Friends and Change the World

By: on February 17, 2020

“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 This is the foundational Bible verse for Noonday Collection, which was founded by Jessica Honnegger in 2010 after a transformative trip…

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Maranatha

By: on February 16, 2020

There was a time when I was less affected. Everyday there is opportunity for a new awakening. I believe there is an easier way, one that I can’t seem to get far enough away from. That way is apathy. Over the last year, whilst facing confounding heartbreak, I asked my mom to pray that I…

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The Heart of the Matter

By: on February 16, 2020

**First, I apologize for my tardiness to this discussion. All five members of my family are recovering from round three of the flu. I have either been acting as a nurse or patient over the last couple of weeks, and this week got the best of me. I am happy to be back in touch…

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We Bring Our Own Meaning to Life

By: on February 15, 2020

Life is all about experiences: some are good, and some are bad. But experiences are what make up our perceptions and perspectives. It is through experiences that our story is told. I have a friend who wrote a powerful book a few years ago. Roxanne became a close friend who unexpectedly passed away recently. But…

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Maps often need redrawing

By: on February 14, 2020

Jordan Peterson: Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and author of many books – but who cares, what matters is YouTube and controversy. He’s also extremely unwell. Publicly critiquing Jordan Peterson feels like naively leaping into a mixed martial arts fighting ring with Floyd Mayweather or Connor McGregor…

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Connecting With Jordan Peterson As A Fellow Sufferer

By: on February 14, 2020

Jordan Bernt Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are abnormal, social, and personality psychology. Peterson’s first book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (1999), examined several academic fields to describe the structure of systems of beliefs and myths, their role in the regulation of emotion, creation of meaning, and…

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Vanity of Vanities

By: on February 14, 2020

“The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.  Eccles. 1:1-2 (KJV)” These words of King Solomon were written in the book of Ecclesiastes thousands of years ago expressing the frustration of a King, who had great wisdom, great riches,…

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What Narrative Will We Follow?

By: on February 14, 2020

The famous or infamous University of Toronto professor and clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson, PhD, is an unlikely celebrity in our current culture. Known for his straight forward demeanor and political incorrectness. He is also the author of 12 Rules for Life and this weeks reading Maps of Meaning. In Maps of Meaning, Peterson sketches…

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Myth, Maps and Meaning

By: on February 14, 2020

There is a proliferation of materials and models in the psychological world in recent years regarding meaning making. The heightened need for humanity to make sense of the events of life we are witnessing and personally experiencing no longer seems to fit neatly inside the box of this technologically advanced society. It’s as if the…

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The Skywalker Myth and a Redefinition of Hero

By: on February 13, 2020

In May of 1977 we were introduced to the Star Wars universe and its ragtag group of nobodies whose combined talents (and a bit of luck) would save their universe from the ravages of the Galactic Empire. Within this group was the hero Luke Skywalker, who within the scope of the original three films, would…

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Creation, Mythology, Action, and Faith

By: on February 13, 2020

I’ve always loved the creation story. Most cultures of the world begin with a creation story.[1] Any good biblical exegesis should first ask the question as to why an origin story is needed. What do people need to know about how the world came into existence, and what did the author(s) of Genesis really intend…

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Existential Crisis Explained

By: on February 13, 2020

I was excited to read another book by Jordan Peterson. Maps of Meaning was much more challenging than his 12 Rules for Life and certainly shows he has an academic and popular style in his writing repertoire. Peterson is a former Harvard professor and clinical psychologist, among other things. His own relating of his nightmares of…

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Who is Your Knower?

By: on February 13, 2020

Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and former professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, is an enigma to most Christians. Peterson, author of Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief rose to stardom after some of his interviews on YouTube went viral.1 The seemingly simple things he suggests for people to adopt to…

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Evangelical Entanglements

By: on February 13, 2020

“Tom” is a lifelong member of our church. He is regular in his worship attendance. He attends a Bible study during the week. He frequently participates in serving opportunities. And yet, he lives each day not with the sure and certain hope that God is in control, but instead under a storm cloud of dread…

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