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Suppose theology started here: “Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” (John 20:28). A thoroughly Jewish human being–Thomas–is confessing to the resurrected man–Jesus of Nazareth–acclamations of adoration and surrender reserved only for Israel’s YHWH. The context is Thomas’s touching Jesus’ wounds resulting from crucifixion. While the awe of resurrection stuns Thomas, the death marks […]

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  You read it right: not emergent conversation; not emerging conversation…emergency conversation. I feel a pastoral duty to start a new movement titled The Emergency Conversation. I will be sole author and provocateur. All adversarial comments can be aimed at me, not at Brian McLaren or Tony Jones or Doug Pagitt…or Peter Rollins. So relax everyone. […]

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Jeremy Bouma has a story to tell and he tells it well. Having grown up in a very conservative Christian environment (Hudsonville, MI) and having served in ministries where a mutant form of the Gospel was transmitted, Jeremy underwent a conversion. Through his own experience of “the dark night of the soul,” Jeremy came out […]

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Posted in Emergent Conversation, Jesus on Nov 11th, 2008

Exhausted from global warming in oppressed Palestine, Jesus chilled at Jacob’s Well in the realm of “the other” called Samaria. Jesus’ cohort left him to buy organic at the nearest kiosk. A Samaritan woman-”the other to the second power”-approached the community’s gathering space, carrying the symbol of her status in a harsh patriarchal culture. Jesus […]

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Posted in Emergent Conversation, Theology on Nov 8th, 2008

The Bible: Slip, Sliding Away… by John W. Frye   A good, upright Christian reached for the well-worn, well-read Bible. The Bible by itself shifted away from reach. Startled by this the Christian thought That’s odd. Reaching out again to take the Bible, it slid away again and leaped from the table to the floor. This […]

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Phyllis Tickle time. I had the opportunity to hear Phyllis Tickle at Baker Book House on Ocotober 17 discuss her newest book The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why (Baker). Phyllis is a delightful lady. And unusual…how many Anglicans do you know who have a strong Southern Baptist influence? She is a profound […]

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