Tag Archive - life

Halloween – The Great Omission?


If you’re looking for another Halloween-hating post, you should probably stop reading.

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Won’t You Be A Neighbor?


Ben Stevens has a fantastic post on The Gospel Coalition’s blog today. (I love The Gospel Coalition. If you’re not familiar with them, check them out.)

Here are some highlights I pulled out, but you should definitely read the full post yourself:

  • It is not difficult to get to know your neighbors—it is simply not something most of us value.
  • Our homes and apartment buildings give us plenty of space in which to hide.
  • You cannot love your neighbor if you do not know that neighbor.
  • Christians ought to take this on as a project.

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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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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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