Pluralism

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 5th, 2014

John Ralston Saul argues in “The Comeback” that Canada’s government is colonial and Eurocentric — racist, actually. But the majority of Canada’s people are not. I wish this was less obvious. Saul also argues that this experiment in pluralism and cooperation we call Canada would never have been possible without the generosity and humility in […]

Continue reading about the Comeback – Pt I

len on October 8th, 2014

“As Christians, and as the church of Jesus Christ, we are called by our Lord to be “in” the world, but “not of” the world. “No longer” who we were before we came to Christ, we are “not yet” what we will be when Christ returns. This bracing call to tension in both time and […]

Continue reading about globalization

len on January 29th, 2014

Walter Brueggemann remarks that what we see in our western culture is a religion of immanence, always a feature of a civil and static religion. The other two features are the economics of affluence and the politics of oppression. He finds these features in the transition of Israel from a theocracy to a monarchy, and […]

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len on October 3rd, 2013

I’ve heard it before, maybe you have too. “Outside of Christ, the most forgiving and loving person is no closer to God than the most hateful, reactive one.” Of course, this is referenced to salvation, as in “salvation is a gift” and nothing we can do will earn us favor with God. If you are […]

Continue reading about the wind that blows

len on September 18th, 2013

At VIMEO — Brian Mclaren in Adelaide – Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World (Part 1 of 3). Elsewhere, the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. The website.. and the practical efforts .. are divided into four areas: God and Human Flourishing Faith and Globalization Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace Reconciliation Program A Common […]

Continue reading about Christian identiy – amidst pluralism

len on April 27th, 2013

At VIMEO — Brian Mclaren in Adelaide – Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World (Part 1 of 3). Elsewhere, the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. The website.. and the practical efforts .. are divided into four areas: God and Human Flourishing Faith and Globalization Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace Reconciliation Program A Common […]

Continue reading about Christian Identity – amidst Pluralism

len on April 12th, 2013

This is one of those areas, as Fitch and Holsclaw have noted, where any attempt to find a middle way guarantees that plenty of people will disagree with you. “He who would be a bridge will be walked on by both sides.” But when I found this post by Zach Hoag, I thought, “Eureka! This […]

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len on March 14th, 2013

Scot McKnight summarizes Randy Balmer on American evangelicalism. “Randy Balmer observes [that it] emerged out of three P’s: Scots-Irish Presbyterianism, Continental Pietism, and New England Puritanism. But Balmer’s burden is that evangelicalism in America mutates, even if it is connected always to the Bible as inspired, the centrality of a born-again experience, and the impulse […]

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len on March 5th, 2013

Regent College hosted this discussion on CBC radio host Rex Murphy’s “Cross Country Checkup” this past Monday. “Over the years religion has become less and less a formal part of the public sphere, largely relegated to the domain of the private and personal. Many feel too much so — to the point that those beliefs […]

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