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Avatar and demons

Posted 23 March 2010 by
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James Cameron's "Avatar"

Has Mark Driscoll ever read the Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis? Has Mark Driscoll ever studied anything about Celtic Christianity? I can think of something that is demonic, though.

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Let your technology shine forth to all people

Posted 2 March 2010 by
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Holograph and Person

It isn’t too often I get to comment on the latest, cool technology and life in the church. The person in the picture on the right is a real person. That is, he was present in flesh and blood when the picture was taken. The person on the left was not physically there when the [...]

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Why should the devil have all the good music?

Posted 17 February 2010 by
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Jesus Washing the Feet of the Disciples

I was looking a a friend’s post on Facebook about having ashes placed on your forehead on Ash Wednesday. While reading the discussion, Revelation 13.16-17 came to mind. “He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that [...]

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The end of the Christmas season

Posted 2 February 2010 by
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Madonna and Child

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace.” February 2 is the Feast of the Presentation. This feast celebrates the presentation of Jesus for the blessing given to a firstborn son 40 days after birth. Since Jesus is the light of the world, it became customary to bless your candles for the upcoming year [...]

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A collision of thoughts

Posted 20 November 2009 by
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Steam Engine Collision

It can be interesting looking at the wreckage after two thoughts collide. Back in 1977, I was taking a class on the history of the American City from Dr. Donald Oster (now an associate professor emeritus) at the then-University of Missouri-Rolla.  At the start of class one day, he told us of a discussion the [...]

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Why Calvinism is evil

Posted 31 August 2009 by
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Built on the Rock, the Church doth stand, even when steeples are falling

When I took a Bible as Literature course in college from Gene Warren Doty, I fell in love with the Book of Job, as translated in the Jerusalem Bible. The text is lyrical, as far as I am concerned. I could imagine the lutes accompanying the troubadours in the background as I read. Being drawn [...]

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From Now On

Posted 4 August 2009 by
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The Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera immediately following her consecration

The Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, Bishop Suffragan of Olympia, has announced her upcoming retirement. She plans to be retired by February 1, 2010. That makes this baptism, at which yours truly was honored by being the Bishop’s Chaplain during the service, feel a bit more special.

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Episcopal Bookstore—As I see it: The woman who wanted a Bible

Posted 21 July 2009 by
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Episcopal Bookstore—As I see it: The woman who wanted a Bible Wow. I can think of other questions reading John’s blog post. Was this person wanting a Bible for another person—and why? Was this person attributing magical powers to a book—and what magic did this person want? Was this person wanting to desecrate a Bible [...]

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Straight Outta Compline

Posted 20 July 2009 by
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Quoting from this video: I tell good news to the short and to the tallWhether powerful or small, I tell em allDespite the fall:Humanity’s in the ring, but it doesn’t mean we hafta brawl!I see ills that are curableAmidst our stagnance our conscience is stirrableLight up the incenseI’m swingin my thuribleOur apathy is turribleStraight outta [...]

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All church politics is local, too

Posted 14 July 2009 by
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This was the only race I ever lost in my life, but in the process, I learned two extremely valuable lessons. During the campaign, my father had left me to my own devices, but when it was over, he pointed out that I had taken my own neighborhood for granted. He was right: I had [...]

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God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity

Posted 7 June 2009 by
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The creative interplay of words in this word map of the Athanasian Creed gives me something to think about God while hopefully without falling off into modalism or some other form of mis-understanding the Trinity.

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So, how many sermons are going to deal with this text?

Posted 2 June 2009 by
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On Sunday, June 28, 2009, we hit a bump in the road in the Revised Common Lectionary. At least it will be a bump in the road for people who pay attention to the reading from the Hebrew Scriptures for this day, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27. Read a commentary about the propers for this Sunday. [...]

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