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Tears are pouring out….

As a father of four kids all within or close to the ages of the kids whose lives were taken today, I grieve and mourn for the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The senseless violence that seemingly goes unchecked in our society continues to erode the fabric of what it means to be human....

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Letters to my children – Be Creative!

There is a lesson that I have learned that I would like to impart to you. It is actually something you already do very well….being creative. So I hope this will be a reminder to stay young and never let the creative spark fade. At your age, you are in the cradle of life in...

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Out of the depths….

…I arise from a long slumber and make communication with the world again. With an iPhone. This little gadget is handy and I see the value of having my phone/iPod/organizer/etc all in one. Us canadians have had to wait for the iphone for a year. Anyways… I hope to emerge with some thoughts soon. If...

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Some Beautiful Work

This piece is by Marko Ivan Rupnik, a Catholic priest and artist. He is a brilliant painter. Scot McKnight just reviewed one of his books, In the Fire of the Burning Bush, that is on my list of desirable reading. Based on Scot’s review, he seems quite the mystic with profound Merton-like insight into the...

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Speedlinking – Aug 18th

Len H is at it again with a short but poignant piece about the limitations of the individualistic gospel and how a narrow view of the atonement is partly the cause. Darryl Dash has a point about God and Church vision statements. Ministry opportunities? Or obligations? John Stackhouse weighs in with his thoughts. Brant is...

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Bishop Larry Newineskin on conversion….

I sent Bishop Larry Newineskin an email the other day because I was struggling with the notion of discipleship and conversion in the West. So, I asked the Bishop to share his thoughts with me about conversion. JS: Bishop, in light of the challenges of conversion and discipleship in the West, tell me, what are...

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Leader as Listener…

Len Hjalmarson at next reformation has posted an important series about the role of leader as listener. Below are the links to this four part series which raises some important questions about leadership skills as we seek to pioneer into the future as the church.  Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

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Allelon Summer Institute

  For those serious about leading congregations toward a missional engagement with the world, the Allelon Summer Institute is coming to Vancouver June 18-20 at the William Carey Institute . Facilitators include Alan Roxburgh, Alan Hirsch, Cam Roxburgh and David Chiu.  This is a great opportunity for exposure to the theological and practical tools necessary to create...

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The God Debate – Newsweek

Rick Warren and Atheist, Sam Harris had a conversation about God and Atheism. It is an interesting exchange. You can read the article HERE. [HT:Kester]

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Some worthwhile Theological resources…

Below are a number of links I hope you find helpful in your study. Should you have additional ones please leave a reply with the link and I can add it to the growing list. [UPDATE] A great Lent resource: http://www.gbod.org/easter/  Are the NT documents reliable? Let FF Bruce guide you to some conclusions… http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/ffbruce/ntdocrli/ntdocont.htm...

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Random Links to great posts in the Blogosphere…

Brant Hansen has brought some sharp whit and humor to his blog, Letters from Kamp Krusty.  I recommend you have a visit and explore his site.  This particular post: Kamp Krusty Answers Your Questions: The "Left Behind" Video Game, is too funny… I’ve linked to Will Willimon’s blog recently, but think it necessary to point...

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Perspective on the incarnation…

Len, at Next Reformation, gives us the following thoughtful reflection about the incarnation.  A reminder of where our focus should reside as we give thought to the meaning of Christmas…here is a glimpse: "Lights, bright ribbons, hot chocolate, Starbucks and Wal-Mart.. come on. Who is threatened by this stuff? It’s good for the state. The...

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Random Links…

Richard Rohr has some interesting thoughts about being "Utterly Humbled by Mystery".  Here’s a sample: "Whenever I think there’s a perfect pattern, further reading and study reveal an exception. Whenever I want to say "only" or "always," someone or something proves me wrong. My scientist friends have come up with things like "principles of uncertainty"...

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Friday Evening Office

"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who at this evening hour rested in the sepulchre, and sanctified the grave to be a bed of hope to your people: make us so deeply sorry for our sins, which were the cause of your passion, that when our bodies lie in the dust, our souls...

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Updated Blogroll…

I’ve added a few travelers to my list of blogs I frequently visit.  They are each inspiring and worth visiting… Dreams Unlocked – My friend Santosh shares reflections about life, faith and planting a church in Vancouver’s Yaletown district In The Way – John Lunt’s heart for ministry comes through in his musings about living...

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