Monthly Archives: November 2007

The Golden Compass…fear not

Jeffrey Overstreet, film critic for Christianity Today, weighs in with some advice in this article about the concern Christians have for the new Philip Pullman movie, The Golden Compass; a film based on Pullman’s Atheist persuasion. Many are concerned for the younger audiences that might un-discerningly take in Pullman’s representation of the “church” without considering...

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A Worthwhile Podcast…by Donald Miller

I’d like to point you to a worthwhile podcast that I was originally put on to by Jake Bouma. Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, among other titles, gave a talk at Mars Hill Bible Church. He spoke on the topic of story and the way that God speaks through story and is a...

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An evening of covenant….

Tonight our mission group met around the theme of Passover. How God delivered the Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh, but also from their complacency and sin, spoke vividly to us as we shared openly and honestly about how we are both trusting and not trusting God in our lives. The symbolic imagery of leaven...

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A Cultural Observation

When I ran into Canadian Tire the other day to get some little clip things for our Christmas lights, I was warmly given an Advent Calendar by the worker as I left the building. On the back side of the Advent Calendar were coupons for product savings. When I got home, I opened the calendar...

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Speedlinking November 25th

Here are some facts that will make you gasp [via] the Advent Conspiracy seems wise. Worship more, shop less. some musings on global capitalism Len posts on burnout in ministry JR has a great series on St. Francis and a quote about detectives of divinity David on the critique of consumerism Technorati Tags: Speedlinking

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More on Identity…three things

Many have suggested that an identity crisis plagues the church today. As we find ourselves in captivity to an empire of global capitalism that demands our allegiance and affection, the question of identity and discipleship glare us in the face. Why is it that here in the West we have such culturally conditioned Christians that...

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Issues of Identity and the Kingdom of God

Grace has a thoughtful and engaging post about issues relating to Christian Identity. She points to the importance of understanding who we are as the people of God as the primary question to ask. This post of hers has come to the surface in light of interaction on her blog about labels that many are...

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Active Waiting

Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for. We wait during Advent for the birth of Jesus. We wait after Easter for the coming of...

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Voice of the Day

“We all readily agree that God forgives sin, that Jesus brought salvation from sin, but we have a very hard time seeing ourselves as those who need forgiveness and salvation. We watch the evening news or read the newspaper and decide that we really are not so bad after all; the things we may have...

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NT Wright on Justification & New Perspective on Paul

Here is a great resource for you. NT Wright gave a talk at Asbury Theological Seminary recently that summarizes his perspectives on Justification and Paul. You can listen to the podcast here and a full transcript of the conversation is located here.  In this talk, Wright outlines his biblical theology against some of the evangelical...

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Colossians Remixed on Globalization

I have just begun the journey into Colossians Remixed by Walsh and Keesmaat. My initial impression – slightly skewed by the great stuff I’ve already heard about this book – is that it is, and will be, a fantastic read. Their journey into the workings of gospel against empire is one I am excited to...

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Imagine Conference and Some Assessments…

There is a great opportunity here at the conference to network and connect with people interested in church planting from across canada. The diversity of context in our culture alone is a testimony to the rapidly changing Canadian culture we find ourselves in. At one point, I was in conversation about culture with Mark Chapman,...

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Speedlinking Nov 14th 2007

Paul Fromont on Discernment How hard it is for Mega Churches to change Scot’s final thoughts about “Everything Must Change” Willimon On NOT Reaching Our Culture Through Our Preaching Slick Poetry brought to us by the Blind Beggar Great thoughts on Facebook – isn’t the novelty wearing off? Technorati Tags: Speedlinking

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Psalms of Anger and Public Worship – A Guest Post By Scott Hagley

When I checked my inbox today, I was delighted to find a reflection from my friend Scott Hagley with permission to post it if I like. I like. The following are his thoughts about the place of imprecatory psalms in public worship. Psalm 137 His love endures forever. 1 By the rivers of Babylon we...

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Imagine Conference – Some Bloggers Emerging

After our time with Alan Hirsch for most of the day, we headed back to the Hotel and got settled. People are arriving – up to 700 for the Imagine Conference – and bloggers are beginning to emerge. So far: Scott Cripps is here So is Santosh And some Resonate boys as well Jared and...

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