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    The Age of Angst and the Death of Calvinism

    I became what some might call a Calvinist my junior year in High school. Going to a Dutch Reformed private school where I took a “Reformed Perspectives” class certainly aided this process. I had resisted of course. Coming from a Non-denominational Bible church, I had a gut reaction against...
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    The Key to Successful Ministry

    Sometime after I graduated High School, but before I went to college I was fervently trying to decide what I was going to do with my life. As the fog began to clear and I could see that the LORD was calling me to some type of ministry, I...
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    Jesus the Bartender

    Fullerton, CA   The downtown area of this small Los Angeles suburb is home to over a dozen bars ranging from Mexican cantinas, Irish pubs and average American bars. Every Friday and Saturday evening, the streets swell with college students, business executives, the poor, the rich, and everyone in between....
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    Being and Singleness

    This question has today been forgotten. ~ Martin Heidegger, Being and Time. Last week, I returned to my university-hometown/home-university-town for a wedding for the wedding of two of my best friends. On the night before the wedding which I spent with the groom and the other groomsmen, I started thinking about how could...
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    Pancakes, Penitence, Paradox.

    So, it’s Shrove Tuesday today. According to Wikipedia: The expression ‘Shrove Tuesday’ comes from the word shrive, meaning ‘confess’. … Many of these Christians, on Shrove Tuesday, make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of...
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    Retrospective Snobbery

    For this weeks post I would like to take a couple of moments to coin a phrase. At least that was my intention before I preformed an extensive search of all available writing the world has ever known in order that I might claim this unique phrase as my...
  • The Great Evangelical Divorce

    About a month ago, I wrote a post giving reasons why I believe Christians should be good storytellers. After I had shared it on my Facebook wall, one of my close friends commented, in a joking manner, that I should have written the article as a story.  While he...
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    It is not good for man to be alone — single?

    Have you come across Time magazine’s recent ‘calculator’ which works out the (median) average age of your Facebook friends who are married? Time magazine diagnosed I am almost a year ‘overdue’ to be married. And, as you know, the internet never lies. I was not too surprised by the...
  • 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Good Storytellers

    I’ve recently found myself surrounded by stories – I’ve been reading them, telling them, listening to them, and living them.  It all started when I read East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I had heard that it was a good story, but I was entirely unprepared for its power.  I...
  • Access Holy-wood

    I’ve recently been thinking about the Strange Fire Conference put on by John MacArthur, since there has been quite a big uproar about it on the blogosphere in Evangelical circles. John MacArthur, being a staunch cessationist (believing that sign gifts from the Holy Spirit were only part of the...
  • Musings from the Balcony

    “Your love never fails. It never gives up. It never runs out on me.”* I stood, watching a gym full of hundreds of college students, singing these words of praise and truth. Arms-raised, dancing, clapping, and shouting – I admired their passion. The pulsing drums, the rocking guitars, the...
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    The Demands of Justice

    "What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best, power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that...
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    Ecclesia and Ethics Conference

    Nothing gets me giddy like going to an academic conference. For those who are involved in the academic study of the bible/theology/religion like myself, the big event – “conference time” – takes place in mid-November with the annual meetings of ETS/IBR/SBL/AAR. It is always a blast to present and...
  • Losing Our Religion

    On a recent visit to Reality San Francisco, I couldn’t help but feel that a large movement had begun throughout their community. Though there was over a thousand people in attendance, it was easy to feel the small community within the Mission District Middle School that Sunday morning. Usually...
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    Morality and the Gay Debate

    Last week, Bryan wrote an article entitled, I’m (Kinda Sorta Yeah Not Really) Gay. As you might imagine, the post got a lot of attention: good, bad, and ugly. There were many who offered words of affirmation and encouragement, but along with these came comments with a totally different...