Category Archives: american churchianity

Spiritual things

Only in the past 5-10 years have I come to an awareness of the gnostic dualism that permeated all of the different stripes of evangelicalism that I grow up in –  from the revivalist Beachy-Amish strain to the contemporary, liberalized Mennonite … Continue reading

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Going the second mile for liberals, gays, Muslims, atheists, gun-haters, feminists, animal rightists etc.

I love the circles of mainly christian/evangelical, middle to upper middle class friends, family, work and acquaintances in which God has placed me. These spheres have multiple up-sides. Familiarity, less relational stress, religious/spiritual rapport and encouragement are just a few. But there’s a downside… Especially vexing at … Continue reading

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Too intimate before it’s time…

I remember many years ago listening to Focus on the Family and a discussion of the 12 steps to intimacy.  I’ve wondered about this process as it relates to the Church and its relationship with her suitor, Jesus Christ. Can … Continue reading

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In one way the hippies may have been the saints…

Recently I listened to this episode of Fresh Air concerning the Vietnam War. I was thunderstruck again with the related thought that some of the convictions held by hippies and other radicals were more righteous and godly than what many claiming … Continue reading

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Don’t Curse It…but Don’t Bless It Either

When a human institution mixes obvious failings with good intentions and misses the mark of God’s ideal; do we call down the fire of His wrath or do we bless them for the little bit they might get right? Must … Continue reading

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I wanna go to an un-cool church

“We want our own thing. We crave the experiences we define as essential. We want them in the form and fashion that we denote as “high quality,” when and where we want them. I’ve observed that this is not only … Continue reading

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Is it significant to the Kingdom?

I was challenged recently when listening to a Dean Taylor session at the 2012 AIC conference. Thinking of my life and my church life I wondered about my/our activities and their significance in building the Way of Jesus in the here … Continue reading

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