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Len on November 17th, 2005

“Judge for yourself how great man is – how great man may become. God abides in him and he in God so that Christ Himself and not man lives in a devout Christian; the whole soul becomes Christ’s, just as the iron in the burning coal becomes fire as if it were burning – everything […]

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Len on November 17th, 2005

Originally published in 1997, this short essay contains much of the current critique of cultural christianity.. “When they think of “Evangelical Christianity”? many (most?) Americans conjure pictures of tacky sloganeering, reckless indifference and callous, hypocritical arrogance. But even more disturbing is that while a growing number of young people are asking spiritual questions and are […]

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Len on November 15th, 2005

“America is simultaneously the most professedly Christian of the developed nations and the least Christian in its behavior.” What it means to be Christian in America. By Bill McKibben in Harper’s Magazine.

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Len on November 14th, 2005

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. 21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. 22 Praise the LORD, all his works […]

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Len on November 13th, 2005

“The United States consumes one-fifth of all the world’s coffee, making it the largest consumer in the world. But few Americans realize that agriculture workers in the coffee industry often toil in what can be described as “sweatshops in the fields.” Many small coffee farmers receive prices for their coffee that are less than the […]

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Len on November 13th, 2005

“Have you ever wondered what it really means to live the Christian life? You may reply, “Well yeah, isn"t that what we are all trying to do?”? I don"t mean to live Christianly, to live like a Christian, or to conduct ourselves in a Christian manner. What I mean is to really live a Christian […]

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Len on November 12th, 2005

Found at Baldblogger From the Final Statement of the Ecumenical Dialogue of Third World Theologians (1976): “The theologies from Europe and North America are dominant today in our churches and represent one form of cultural domination. They must be understood to have arisen out of situations related to those countires, and therefore must not be […]

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Len on November 12th, 2005

“Prepare to feel obsolete.. it’s the first step to moving ahead.” Liz Weil “The church is not a sending agency.. it is a sent people.” paraphrase of Neil Cole “Spiritual formation is God’s work in creating a new Temple; a community of His loving Presence in the world.” Len Hjalmarson

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Len on November 11th, 2005

Recently Karl Barth was seen haunting the halls of a certain eastern seminary. While Barth apparently died in 1968, his spirit has lingered on through his words and his writing and his passion for God and His Kingdom. Karl was interested in engaging the emerging church conversation, even if posthumously. Sitting at a PC in […]

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Len on November 9th, 2005

“Spiritual formation is God’s work in creating a new Temple; a community of His loving Presence in the world.” This is the definition of spiritual formation I would like to work with. I have capitalized the word Temple because at Pentecost the old Temple religion died, and God tabernacled in His people. (This was one […]

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