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Disadvantage of Blogs as Theological Discourse

Because I often write about the benefits of blogging and the great tool I see blogs to be I thought I’d look at it from the other side and investigate some of the disadvantages they come with. There have a been a number of ongoing comments here and its led me to think further about blogging as “theological discourse.” Taking my cue from Hauerwas I wrote that blogging has the advantage of fitting into a local context within a community of believers. I said,

“For Hauerwas, Theology and ethics take place within the local context of a given faith community and is always on the move. Because this is one of his main focuses (the church as its own polis) he typically spends his time writing short essays about specific ethical and pastoral issues, including medical ethics, interpretation of scripture, war, abortion, homosexuality, and the church in the political world.”

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2 Posts From the Basement – June

I’ve decided, since I have upwards of 330 posts, that I would begin to dig through the basement of my blog and see what I’ve got sitting down there getting musty. It will be interesting to see what I find, among the things you’ll see are my progression of thoughts from the past to the present, post that are written passionately but with little editing, posts that are not nuanced as much as I would like for them to be (and may get me in hot-water), and some posts that are pretty humorous as well. Hopefully in dusting these old blog-posts off we can give them new life to older ideas and revisit some issues to see what’s changed.

Post #1 Reading List From My First Year At Fuller Seminary

I went through and typed out all those book this year that have been most influential in my schooling. It was good for me to do this because I actually had the opportunity to realize that I did learn something this year!

Here I offer a list of the books I read, a little summary of them and a rating of the books!

Post #2 Counter-Narratives On the Fourth of July

We found this church with its doors wide open, people flowing in and out of the doors, some sitting outside against the walls, showing that the location of this church is very important to their ministry. The predominately black church, was filled with many people, some of other colors, some wearing dress clothes, suits, some wearing jeans and head bands; it was truly a band of misfits which reminded me of Gideon’s army.

This is a post from two years ago, when Emily and I visited an African-American church in Skid Row for the Fourth of July. It was a moving experience and really challenged some of my thoughts about American history.

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Christendom is Not Over Yet

I was chatting with Shawn who just got back from his trip to St. Louis – on his way back he took a picture of an enormous Cross. The site of it made my stomach turn, domesticating the cross, and then making it the size of a large building strips the cross of the brutality, and torture that came with along with it. The severity of the Cross should never be overlooked. The cross stood for Roman power, how odd to consider that the crucifix stood for “empire” and how often the American church has uncritically supported our own “empire.” Then Shawn showed me an even sadder sight.

Cross of America – America’s new symbol of Unity and Remembrance.

We know that Christendom has not fallen and that Christ’s work on the cross has been handed over to the empire when we see images like this.

Ironically, when Jesus was on the cross it was because he was subverting the powers, calling them into question, he was a threat to the Roman government and that is why he died an “insurrectionist’s” death. The Church is called to be a witness to the nations, a prophetic voice that calls people to reconcilliation with God, peace and Justice. To use this symbol to promote empire sentiments is slightly missing the point of…well…the entire Gospel.

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Queries on The Lord's Prayer

This Sunday I am leading a discussion on the Lord’s Prayer, basically covering what I’ve been writting about here for the past month or so. In preparing I decided to create a few Queries to help begin the discussion on Prayer and mission.

Here are those queries:

a. When has prayer led you to live differently?

b. How can the simple prayers of your heart reflect God’s redeeming power in your life?

c. What are the values you wish to see represented in the life of the church?  Do these reflect the desires of the Lord?

d. When do you feel your prayers are most effective?

e. Will you allow the Lord’s Prayer to form you spiritually and missionally?  What would it look like if your life was guided by this prayer?

If there are ones that minister to you specifically, or if you feel led to share one of your own please feel free to do so.

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Theology on Blogs Continued: Constructive Snippets, Cohesive Thoughts

A couple days back I wrote a short entry on the fact that theology is always on the move, and must be adjusted to the times in order that it makes sense of larger more agreed upon truths within our local contexts. Because of this I think it would be helpful to “write theology on blogs and wikis” so that we can invite everyday people to the conversation about God. 

When I use the word “theology” in the previous paragraph I am in part referring to the “process of thinking, talking and writing about God.” Theology in this light, is a process, its part of our everyday life and includes the most hard-fast dogmatic things we believe to the things we hold to more loosely. Theology, as a word and as a science, has many meanings, this one I offer above is one of them; the rest I can’t fully cover here if I am to keep my self-imposed 800 word limit.

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Why Theology Should Be Written On Blogs and Wikis

I’ve begun reading more about Stanley Hauerwas in my attempts to find theologians who are influential and brilliant, yet challenge the status quo with their own lives and thinking. One thing I really appreciate about Hauerwas that he focuses on theology that is useful for communities of faith – he is writing practical theology whether he’d say that about himself or not.  What he has to say about the formation of theology pertains, I think, to blogging and using wikis within the church.

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Liturgical Prayer Based on the Lord’s Prayer

As I near the end of my series on the Lord’s Prayer I want to turn now to a small liturgy I’ve written that is based off the Lord’s Prayer and the conclusions I’ve arrived at through this series. This liturgy was made to help conceptualize in a communal setting ways in which, we the church can embody the practices and “politics of Jesus.” We have said this in our small group as part of our prayer together, it is meant to fit your context, so if you do decide to download it and use it feel free to adjust any of the parts that don’t fit your context.

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The Daily Scribe: New Religion Blog Community and Aggregator

I have received the priviledge to join Shawn Anthony from Lo-Fi Tribe in a new venture called the Daily Scribe. Shawn, formerly a member of the largely popular 9rules blogging community, has decided to leave his post there as religion community leader to start his own venture at Scribe.

Because I am really excited about what shawn is trying to do with thisgroup, I thought I would help to explain a little bit about it and why I like it.

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I Think I Did A Mean Thing to Your H2

Okay so there isn’t much of a secret about how I feel about environmental issues, I think especially Christians should be concerned with how we care for creation. We have a responsibility to take care of what God left in our stewardship, this is why Emily and I do some of the things we do like eat local organic food when possible, buy fair trade clothes and coffee, try to conserve on water, recycle our trash and ride bikes a lot.

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Tyrants and Tax Collectors – I Can’t Get Enough of That Blogging Love

So as some of you have noticed over the past 6-8 months I have gradually and purposefully moved away from writing personal stuff and have moved more towards content focused posts here on Gathering in Light. So like many bloggers I know, who love to write, I’ve decided to start a personal blog. This “personal blog” is void of content and is characterized by me talking about the things I do from day to day and the things I find interesting and want to share. It may sooner or later be just considered “a mess” and deserve to be deleted, but that will be its charm…maybe…