Trying to Talk When Nothing is Knowable

I think I may lose my mind. Or maybe I already have. Few people are equipped to have a cohesive discussion any more. They seem to be incapable of following a single thread of thought without getting distracted by something shiny. I’m going to lose my mind.

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A Mindless Faith

It seems that people are thinking less and less. I see it in my kids’ classes, I see it in politics and popular media, and worst of all I see it in the church. Few people care what what the bible says. Even fewer know what the bible actually means. The bible has become a grab bag of quotes that we use like fortunes from cookies to build our own theology. From the same book, we see people build prosperity theology and poverty theology. From the same book, people argue for and against alcohol. Opponents and proponents of slavery referred to the same book. What the bible says actually can be known, but it takes more than reading t-shirts and bumper stickers to understand it. Are you willing to invest the time?
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The Beauty and Brokenness of Life

This is a guest post by my good friend, Anthony Weber.

From the Christian perspective, life is beautiful because it was created loaded with shalom, a Hebrew word that encapsulates peace with God/others/self/nature.  In a good world, there is no angst, no conflict, no God-shaped hole.   There is no loneliness.  There is no sense that “I’m not okay”.  There is no using of the planet in a destructive way.  There is no occurrence in which destructiveness wins.

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Fat Geese Stuck in a Fishtank

Just over a week ago, I started posting my notes from some talks of Alan Hirsch’s we attended. Today, I continue recounting these with notes from Thursday evening, which was the culmination of Forge Chicago’s week-long training. (If you’re in the Chicagoland area, I highly recommend you check them out.

  • [When it comes to church], the adventure has gone out of the venture
  • Communitas [def]: The type of community formed in adversity.
    That ‘adversity’ can also include short-term missions, sports teams, etc.)
  • Communitas – a form of solidarity- forms after wins or losses as long as the team comes together.
  • During storms and events like 9/11, communities turn into communitas by a shared experience – often hardship.
  • Communitas is a new way of relating. People who were friends or associates become comrades. This is an entirely new dynamic.
  • When communitas is established, people will have a lot of “remember when…” stories, because their relationship was borne of, or developed in adversity.

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Sixpence None the Richer

Today I was reminded of a passage from ‘Mere Christianity’, by C.S. Lewis:

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