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MONDAY: JESUS, THE TEMPLE AND GUERILLA THEATER 4.14.2014

Suggested Reading: Isaiah 56.1-8; Jeremiah 7.1-11; Mark 11.12-20 Jesus often practiced performance art, or, as Ched Myers calls it “political street theater.” We may not be familiar with performance art – also called “Guerilla Theater.” It was something the prophets frequently employed as a way of stirring the imagination and helping people see things differently. Amos Wilder suggests Christianity itself is a kind of Guerilla Theater. He writes, “Early Christianity was more like Guerilla Theater than social revolution … What no over force could do, it did by spiritual subversion at the level of social imagination,” (Amos Wilder, Theopoetic, p 28). Rather…

SUNDAY: THE (NOT SO) TRIUMPHAL ENTRY 4.13.2014

Over the next week I will write a brief blog each day to reflect on Holy Week up to Easter Sunday. Why am I doing this? To give you a way to spend time reflecting each day on the days leading up to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Each blog will have suggested reading and then a brief thought for the day. May you find this as one small way to center your heart and mind as we walk together toward the resurrection.  Suggested Reading: Zechariah 9:9-13; John 12:12-19 We call today Palm Sunday. It is the day when Jesus rode into…

IT’S NOT WHAT I SAY, IT’S WHAT I DO 4.7.2014

A few years ago a couple that was a part of our church asked to meet with me. The following week we sat together over lunch. We did the usual small talk about where we grew up, went to school and talked a bit about our families. When the food came, our conversation took a hard turn toward seriousness. They told me they had some questions about our church's theology and what I believed about, what they considered to be, several “key issues.” The wife said, “What you believe, in particular, is very important to us as we consider whether…

WORLD VISION: SOME QUESTIONS FOR ALL OF US 3.24.2014

Today, World Vision announced it will employ and hire Christians who are gay and in legal same-sex marriages (read the article from Christianity Today here). Predictably, many expressed support for World Vision, and just as many expressed disappointment. As I read these responses I found myself asking some questions. Questions like … Why do so people who call themselves Christians speak in such unloving ways? What if our goal was not being heard by everyone, but listening to everyone? Have we forgotten how to carry on mature, polite, kind and constructive dialogue even in the midst of intense disagreement? How…

AN OPEN LETTER OF APOLOGY TO MARK DRISCOLL 3.17.2014

Mark, I do not make a practice of publicly criticizing pastors - and let me assure you, that is not why I write you now. God knows, I’ve received a good amount of public criticism over the years, rightfully so, there is much to criticize. Many, however, feel different, and choose to criticize publicly. And there is a place for that, but I’ve never felt it was my place. I am aware that in recent months, you have received your fair share of criticism. And, by your recent admission, much of the criticism leveled against you was understandable. This morning,…
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