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Entries from July 2005

Potter and Witches and Wizards, Oh My!

July 31st, 2005 by Jason · 19 Comments

Last night we had a great talk with some friends of ours about whether or not Christians should read Harry Potter (I don’t think it was hard for them to surmise that Nance and I were more than a little excited about the latest book since we both have a copy which we’re reading). Over [...]

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Tags: pop culture · theology

post-calvinism

July 30th, 2005 by isaac · No Comments

A few weeks ago I wandered into Scott McKnight’s weblog. I read one of his books on the historical Jesus in college and thought he was really good. Anyhow, these days he is posting on his jouney through and past Calvinism. That is one of the traditions of thought running through my veins, and I [...]

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Tags: theology

spiritual disciplines (2): McLaren’s last word and my word after that

July 28th, 2005 by isaac · 5 Comments

I am still thinking about my last post. Maybe I am thinking about this all wrong when I try to figure out how virtue or spiritual disciplines help us to tap into the flow of the Spirit. The standard argument goes something like this: the Christian engages in virtue/disciplines with others and through this effort [...]

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Tags: theology

spiritual disciplines (1): “chasing after the wind”?

July 27th, 2005 by isaac · 1 Comment

I’ve had this nagging question about the relationship between virtue or disciplines and the unexpected movement of God’s grace. I’m sure most people are familiar with the contemporary turn to virtue and spiritual disciplines. If not, hopefully the names Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, and, according to Time magazine, America’s best theologian , the paradoxical Stanley [...]

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Hiring Minorities and Redistributing Power

July 12th, 2005 by Jason · 3 Comments

A couple weeks ago Hugo posted on the ethics of hiring undocumented workers. I found it a fascinating discussion since we live in a predominately Latino neighborhood and many of our Kids Club kids’ parents are undocumented. Nance commented on the larger issue of a white person hiring a minority person, something we’ve wrestled with [...]

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original sin and total depravity

July 9th, 2005 by isaac · 6 Comments

At my church home group we tried to think through what the Bible teaches about our sinfulness. The evangelical circles in which I came to faith, we focused a lot on how bad (sinful) we are by nature. But I thought about coming at the whole sin thing from another angle, one that emphasizes the [...]

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humble prayers

July 6th, 2005 by isaac · 2 Comments

Theologians like D. M. MacKinnon identify two perils accompanying any language about God: anthropomorphism and agnosticism (Borderlands of Theology, p. 210). Either we violate the freedom of God with our human concepts, the only concepts we have, in order to think about God. Or, we get so hung up on the fact that all our [...]

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Tags: life · theology