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Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 6th, 2007

Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University, offers another provocative study. His recent book A Community Called Atonement (Abingdon) invites us to hear the symphonic music of the biblical metaphors for the atonement. The guts of the book comprise four parts:

1. Atonement and Convergence: Where to Begin?2. Atonement and […]

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Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 6th, 2007

Have you heard of a stereopticon? Neither did I until I read a brief description of one in The NIV Application Commentary: Gospel of Mark by David E. Garland. (Garland was quoting an essay by Walter Wink.)

A stereopticon allows a person’s brain to receive two different images, one from each eye, at the same time. Like […]

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Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 4th, 2007

A friend informed me of the latest ecclesiological technology. Click here.

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Posted in Uncategorized on Aug 29th, 2007

I will conclude with some personal musings about mini-church. I use mini- in place of mega-. I am persuaded that mini- is where it’s at pastorally.
A person who is interested in and skilled for (and “called” to) pastoral ministry carries an internal vision of local church life. The prevailing “business” model of church will appeal […]

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Posted in Uncategorized on Aug 28th, 2007

This is one stimulating stick of dynamite…and it’s lit.What? you ask.Leslie Newbigin’s Proper Confidence: Faith, Doubt and Certainty in Christian Discipleship. I’ve seen this little, yet potent book referenced on different blogs and I’ve had friends encourage me to read it.

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Posted in Uncategorized on Aug 27th, 2007

Nickles and noses. Not!
How do you measure a “successful” church? Budgets and buildings and bodies? I read somewhere that when you measure a church by personal relationships, the small church is the best expression of the Christian faith. When we think that a Sunday event is the marker of success, then personal relationships take a […]

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