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An Ordinary Revolution You Probably Shouldn’t Miss

I just finished Shane Claiborne’s “Irresistible Revolution,” which is the first assignment for the class I am teacher’s aid for and I thought it was a fantastic read.  In fact, if you’ve got nothing better to do in the next thirty minuets go out and pick up this book.

I rarely tell anyone to buy a book, except everyday I am at work at Fuller’s Bookstore, but that’s besides the point.  This time it’s an exception.  It’s a great book for any Christian who is looking to get some ideas about what other Christians are doing to follow Christ in the States.  It’s a really quick read because it’s so short and really engaging due to the stories that flood the pages of the book.

This book is for people who are not looking for an academic book to read but something that’s full of stories showing how young Christians, my age, are living out their faith in downtown Philly.  It’s not jaded, he doesn’t make a lot of digs about who the bad and good guys are, the book is more about giving people tangible evidence that following Christ makes a difference, as it should, in the lives of the people we live around.

The church they are a part of is called the Simple Way, because they seek to follow Christ in “ordinary radical” ways.  Of course these “ordinary radical” ways are going to push people’s buttons, and challenge the way we understand our own faith, but I think that’s a good thing.

He quotes, Jaques Ellul, “Christians should be troublemakers, creators of uncertainty, agents of a dimension incompatible with society (231).” And then he goes on to explain a bit about John the Baptist and Jesus and some of the adjectives used to describe these leaders of an “ordinary revolution” thousands of years before us.

One of the most memorable parts of the book is when Shane was in college and some of his other college mates found out that some of their homeless friends were being evicted from an abandoned Catholic church they’d lived in for years (and had been condemned even longer).  They rounded up college students from their school in Philly and went and slept in the church with the people for the weekend.  When the cops came, they decided to not arrest everyone and left.

Every time they’d get word that the police were going to evict the people, they’d blow a fog horn on campus and rally their friends together who’d all jam in their cars and run down to the church.  They did this for a long enough time that the city finally gave everyone in that church housing and helped them get on their feet.

So the point of the book is to communicate those kinds of stories.  Where simple people are doing simple things because they love God and others.  Claiborne says that it’s not about issues, it about people.  And because of that, this book’s got me real excited again about how faith changes real people’s lives.

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A Quarter With Alasdair MacIntyre

Yesterday I started class.  Now it’s official, I have been a doctoral student for 1 day, and at the moment I am still pretty excited about this new adventure (and also unsure, I must confess).  I am taking a class with Dr. Nancey Murphy where we will be studying the Catholic philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre.

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How to Setup Your Blog (WordPress) For Students

This was cross-posted over on Ryan Bolger’s class blog, which I wanted to announce anyway. If you’re interested in seeing what we’ll be up to this quarter jump on over there and check it out. I am looking forward to the class I am a teacher’s assistant for “Transforming Contemporary Cultures.”

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Smplr — A Beautiful and Simple Homepage Search

Picture 1-1Nik, top notched web-designer from Scary Little Monkey, has created a smplr.  A simple homepage search engine that sends queries to google

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Some (Borrowed) Quaker Queries on Simplicity

Awhile back I visited a nearby Quaker meeting with Robin and Chris while they were in town. It was my first experience in an unprogrammed meeting and I really appreciated my experience there and it got me thinking more about queries. One thing I have always loved about Quaker practice are the use of queries, which I’ve written about plenty before.

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Daily Scribe Jamboree September 24, 2006

The Daily Scribe has grown out of it’s wordpress skin and so things a getting changed around a bit over at the top religious aggregator site on the web, so go by and check out some of the changes. 

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Moving Our Conversations Beyond Just Talk: Affirming Practices in Others

My last post about Jim Wallis’ new blog has generated an important discussion that’s got me thinking not only about the leaders we support but also what things about those leaders we support and where we draw the line (this post may not make a lot of sense unless you’ve at least looked those comments over).

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I’ve liked the stuff that Sojourners has been putting out as long as I have known about them, they focus on many issues that face the church from a position that tries to bring together conservative and liberal Christianity.  This has been something Jim Wallis has focused on repeatedly, with his newest book, and in his other writings and conferences.  Now he is launching his own blog, called…God’s Politics.

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Live Update – Now Finished

This morning I came over to Fuller’s Coffee Shop, made myself a mug of Cafe’ au Lait, plugged in my iPod and am listening to Starflyer 59’s new album, My Island. I’ve cracked open mywebsite code, uploaded the bleeding-edge version of Subtle, and am doing a few little things here and there to tidy things up. In other words, I’m working on updating the site here, you will experience buggy behavior while this is going on.

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Daily Scribe Jamboree September 15, 2006

This week has been a busy one for me, I had a bunch of homework to turn in today but I always have a little time to browse a few blogs. Here are some noteworthy posts for the week…