Semiotics

len on October 9th, 2014

A thick description of a human behavior is one that explains not just the behavior, but its context as well, such that the behavior becomes meaningful to an outsider. The term was used by the anthropologist Clifford Geertz in his The Interpretation of Cultures (1973) to describe his own method of doing ethnography (Geertz 1973:5-6, […]

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len on September 16th, 2014

Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, and Philip Seymour Hoffman – who would have noticed that we also lost Robert Farrar Capon recently? I have deeply profited from his gift with language and with theology, and it was a sad day for me when he passed on. I was thinking about Father Capon as I thought about […]

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len on August 31st, 2014

Some time ago I was listening to CBC radio and a discussion with an architect on “ecology and desire.” This past week I heard part of a conversation on our ability to embrace diversity. What was interesting to me about the latter conversation was that it was rooted in BC, the province that has been […]

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len on August 22nd, 2014

Reviewed here: Englewood Review “In this thoughtful and interesting work, Leonard explores the importance of place, locality and presence to the Christian faith. In an age when we see the rise of the network to the demise of geographic location contemporary expressions of the neighborhood can feel like co-habilitating strangers. This book creatively explores the […]

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len on August 2nd, 2014

Who had heard of “missional” church prior to 1998 (the publication by the GOCN)? Now “missional” is everywhere. What really changed? Sometimes we need new language in order to see. The language of “place” recovers a lost imagination, one obscured in the legacy of Modernity where we traded “place” for “space,” the concrete for the […]

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len on July 28th, 2014

A few weeks ago I listened to a speaker on Q-Ideas who identified herself as both evangelical and feminist. But something in her presentation made me uneasy. At the time, I simply wondered aloud whether she had any real connection to women outside her own socio-economic circles. Reading Jayachitra Lalitha yesterday in “Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations,” […]

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len on July 23rd, 2014

“In this thoughtful and interesting work, Leonard explores the importance of place, locality and presence to the Christian faith. In an age when we see the rise of the network to the demise of geographic location contemporary expressions of the neighborhood can feel like co-habilitating strangers. This book creatively explores the place of Christianity to […]

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len on July 22nd, 2014

Who had heard of “missional” church prior to 1998 (the publication by the GOCN)? Now “missional” is everywhere. What really changed? Sometimes we need new language in order to see. The language of “place” recovers a lost imagination, one obscured in the legacy of Modernity where we traded “place” for “space,” the concrete for the […]

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len on July 19th, 2014

My friend Dave Fitch writes, “The NT church is not about whether women should be “over” men or men “over” women. It is about eliminating the “over” entirely. It is about abolishing the politics of anybody being over anybody and instead we all come together mutually under one Lord where the organization of authority is […]

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len on June 3rd, 2014

It used to be such a simple problem. The culture was secular, the church was sacred. That easy dichotomy was probably never really so easy, but the time when we could pretend it was true has long since passed. But there is still another layer of complexity, and Jamie Smith is helping us understand the […]

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