len on November 22nd, 2014

“The most famous words about the city of Oakland, California came from the pen of Gertrude Stein. There was, she declared, no “there” there. This line has been widely understood as a casually dismissive judgment upon that city, and it has been used and reused countless times, as a barb directed at a variety of […]

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len on November 7th, 2014

An excerpt from “Churches, Cultures and Leadership” by Branson and Martinez (2011) “Praxis is actually the whole cycle of reflection and study on one hand, and engagement and action on the other. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire envisions praxis as the way to bring significant social change to people. He contrasted practice with what he called […]

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len on October 29th, 2014

At a time when the word itself has become disputed, we are still trying to take stock. Where are the world’s evangelicals? Where did they come from and what do they believe? This new title from IVP (312 pp) looks like a careful survey of the global landscape. The blurb from the IVP website reads […]

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len on October 25th, 2014

Back in 2009 Roger Helland I began talking about the integration of mission and spirituality: that these were never meant to be two parallel tracks, but a rhythm of life in discipleship. That book came out around 240 pages, and is aimed at college and seminary students and others doing serious theological reflection. It left […]

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len on October 21st, 2014

“A friend of mine, lecturing in a theological college in Kenya introduced his students to “The Quest for the Historical Jesus.” This, he said, was a movement of thought and scholarship that in its earlier forms was carried on largely in Germany in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He had not gone far into his […]

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len on October 11th, 2014

A few years ago I discovered Ronald Wright. Funny how easy it is to be optimistic while going about daily life in our privileged culture.. and how easy it is to be pessimistic after watching the evening news or reading the Globe and Mail or Time Magazine. In essence, if we look hard at the […]

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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 October 7th, 2014

Christianity Today has run a series of interviews with Philip Jenkins, author of the title noted above. Part I Part II Part III From Part III — Ed: Some are estimating that in the next couple of decades, they’ll be more evangelicals in Brazil than in the United States… what will that do in terms […]

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len on September 13th, 2014

All theology is local. It’s just that it’s taken us a while to admit it. But of course that’s just a starting point, and it drives us toward the need for an actual practice of the interpretive community. Have you read any of these books? How did they differ? Which was the most helpful? Where […]

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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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