Culture

len on November 15th, 2016

“The Jacobsians sought fresh methods of making cities work — from the grassroots and the bottom up. The subaltern was exalted, the master laid low. Drafting tables were tossed for pickets and surveys and spreadsheets. Planners sought new alliances in academe, beyond architecture and design — in political science, law, economics, sociology. But there were […]

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len on June 19th, 2016

Jacques Ellul saw technique as ‘the totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given stage of development) in every field of human activity.’* So what is our stance: embrace, or avoid? One article concludes, “Neither of these two options — wholeheartedly embracing the technological imperative or shunning it with anti-civilizational […]

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len on May 16th, 2016

Love this statement by Tim Keel — “people call and they want our doctrinal statement and I refuse to give one out. You know why? Because it is shorthand. It says, Oh, that’s the kind of community you are. And people in our culture today shop church. In other words, we’re so concerned with orthodoxy […]

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len on February 20th, 2016

Christians have always had a good word for human flourishing: shalom. It’s a word that comes out of an old story, and so its meaning is carefully scripted. We can tell others what it means because of what God has been doing and what he has promised to do. Memory is an important piece here. […]

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len on December 1st, 2015

“Louis Halle, and American diplomat and strategist of the 1950’s, once observed that foreign policy is made not in reaction to the world but in reaction to an image of the world in the minds of the people making decisions. ‘In the degree that the image is false, actually and philosophically, no technician, however proficient, […]

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len on November 20th, 2015

A short article on the story behind Thomas Nelson’s new text. “The book itself is a neat and tidy collection of 51 chapters by 46 contributors, including Rose Dowsett (who was a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group), in the very relevant chapter ‘The Challenge of Evangelical Diversity’. “Dowsett writes: ‘How inclusive, and how […]

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len on November 5th, 2015

Scot writes, “This is about the ontology of Westerners squaring up to the ontology of the church, and church people and leaders squaring up to what we are facing. First, Western culture increasingly believes the fundamental problems of life are systemic and social, and are to be resolved through social progress and most especially through […]

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len on October 2nd, 2015

There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. The world is one of these books. George Santayana I returned from Hong Kong on October 1st – and its tough to summarize the experience of this dense, Asian, multi-cultural city […]

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len on April 6th, 2015

Not long ago I was talking with a pastor about the upcoming Walking Together conference here. We’ve been working on this one since last fall, and are really looking forward to hosting Terry leblanc, Cheryl Bear, Ray Aldred and others. But inevitably, not everyone sees the issues from the same frame. So some worry, will […]

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len on February 23rd, 2015

February, 2015 Interview with Composer, Performer Steve Bell Len: 25 years is a good career — and doing something you love! Along the way there have been plans — and surprises. Tell us about a few of the surprises. Steve: I’m surprised to be doing this at all. The chances of a folksy, devotionally minded […]

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