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Posted in Culture, Jesus, Ministry on Aug 5th, 2008

I am stunned that some Christians still defend a sound byte gospel. You know, the 4 steps, the “bridge over troubled waters” packaged presentation. Shrimpy little things. The wondrous, thunderous, mind-boggling, heart-stopping gospel of the Bible and of Jesus himself is horribly reduced to bumper sticker phrases.
With what other literature or great story do we […]

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   Doug Pagitt, Mark Scandrette, Tony Jones

Tony Jones as Dr. A. B. Hawthorne, the professor, singing “I’ll Fly Away” on the sidewalk of the church.
In a combination of humorous 1908 revivalist flare with current, compelling stories of the life-changing power of the big Gospel of the kingdom of God, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt and Mark Scandrette, […]

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Posted in Jesus, Ministry on Jul 19th, 2008

I was trained to do proper exegesis, that is, to rightly divide the Word of truth. Seminaries are good for teaching students how to do that kind of thing.
Jesus is teaching me to another type of exegesis: to exegete lives. Exegesis comes from a Greek word that means “to lead out.” It is the discipline of studying […]

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

JESUS EMERGES by John W Frye   Jesus emerges into the public eye, a young man into a stiff culture that revered the Torah-seasoned wisdom of old age. Jesus, pushing hard on received, sacred categories, created quite a stir on the Bible-based, right-wing blogs, where he was labeled a deceiver, demon-possessed, crazy and, oh!, leading the simple youth astray. The Jerusalem posts skewered this upstart Galilean

carpenter, who healed blind […]

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Posted in Jesus, Poems on Jul 2nd, 2008

Sensitive to Smell by John W Frye They could have heard a feather drop. Quiet. Still. An eye blink a thunder clap. She snapped the frail neck of the valued jar. Surprising, captivating smells assault their senses


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Posted in Culture, Jesus, Theology on Jun 30th, 2008

CONTEXT MATTERS Have you ever been bored silly listening once again to the flight attendant rattling off the routine “…in case of loss of air cabin pressure, an oxygen mask blah, blah, blah…”?

How can a life-saving device be considered so boring? Next time you’re on a jet, look intently and with great interest at the flight attendant […]

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