len on April 14th, 2016

Every few years I go back to this post and reflect on these things from other angles. Today I’m thinking about the superficiality of the very popular NCD diagnostics for church health. But I’m also thinking about systems of exclusion and scape-goating, leadership that defines itself by fear, and the book I’m working on — […]

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len on September 11th, 2012

Tim Keller writes, “Three different personal and cultural attitudes toward sex have been predominant through the centuries. *Sexual Realism: Sex as natural appetite. *Sexual Platonism: Sex as animal passion. *Sexual Romanticism: Sex as repressed creativity. Sexual Realism Many of the ancient Greeks and Romans viewed sex as similar to any other bodily activity, such as […]

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len on August 18th, 2012

David Fitch posts on the Church and Pomo blog.. “In the church world people still argue about the issue of women’s ordination and equal participation in the authority of the church. Complementarians .. view women in the church as determined by the NT role of husband’s headship over the wife, and Egalitarians .. point to […]

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len on June 23rd, 2012

The lesson Alan Hirsch identifies in The Forgotten Ways comes out of the explosive growth of the church in China. When the missionaries were expelled, and when the pastors were dead or in jails, suddenly the Church exploded in creativity and in life and growth. Too often leaders become bottlenecks in a system, stifling initiative […]

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Glory be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough; And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who […]

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len on May 19th, 2012

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de St. Exupery Tim Suttle quotes, “A marriage which does not constantly crucify its own selfishness and self-sufficiency, which does not “die to itself” that it may point beyond itself, is not a Christian marriage. […]

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len on August 25th, 2011

Attachment, Differentiation and Love In a section titled “Our Need for Relational Wholeness,” Stephen Seamands writes about the journey toward wholeness. He asks, “How do relational problems manifest?” and then quotes Stephen Stratton in his article, “Trinity, Attachment and Love” (Catalyst 29, April, 2003). Stratton relates some things that are helpfully connected: “contemporary Trinitarian theology’s […]

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len on June 19th, 2011

Malachi 3:10 “Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another..?” And then of course the very classic ending of the book, the very last word God leaves in our minds before 400 years of silence, and the first book of the NT is […]

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len on September 28th, 2010

The Englewood Review of Books takes on “An Emerging Dictionary..” They offer their approval as well as a useful critique. I appreciate the work these men and women are doing! I remember in the latter stages of submitting the book wondering whether a separate entry for “Place” was merited – I was fifty/fifty in the […]

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