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Love make’s her a home

Love make’s her a home

I’m kind of excited about being part of a new “church plant”.  I put church plant in quotes because it isn’t technically a new plant, it is a new congregation started by a larger church.  Now that the pastor they hired is about to start, it feels like we’ve now actually entered the new start up phase.  I love being part of the start up of everything.  I think some people are just geared towards this the energy of doing…

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Getting back in to the mix of things

Getting back in to the mix of things

In the world of faith, I find the rigid dogmatism, and insular arrogance of conservative fundamentalism stifling. When I encounter people, who are sure of everything they say think they haven’t really done any research. There is no true dialog, just people trading acceptable answers to fulfill the expectations of their community. At first progressive evangelicals felt like a breath of fresh air. There was a broader acceptance of mystery, nuanced biblical interpretation, a humbler epistemology, and a greater appreciation…

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It’s been 10 years since I made CoveringAndAuthority.com

It’s been 10 years since I made CoveringAndAuthority.com

It wasn’t long after I got married that I had a falling out with someone. At the core of our disagreement lied my fitness to write theology. I didn’t end up writing anything on the topic in question, but I came across a situation where a local church started embracing a very authoritarian theology. I did a massive amount of research on the topic and felt I should share it with the world. There were books on the subject, and…

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Changing the church is hard, or is it

Changing the church is hard, or is it

This week a couple of things trigged some nostalgia for me. I went to Jordon Cooper’s funeral and another major blog in the old post-modern/emerging/missional church stream shutdown. As I went to the funeral with another blogger from back in those days I asked what came of all that conversation. He replied with the title of this post. Changing the church is hard. In my house church years, I was neck deep in living out the things I was exploring….

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Alone in a crowd

Alone in a crowd

There is a steady stream of committed Christians that have given up on church services. I’ve been listening to their stories for many years. While each story is unique one common dynamic is disconnection. People sit in a crowd and feel alone and disconnected. There is a field of psychology called attachment theory. If you wanted to sound unscientific you could call it the love theory. It is all about how people bond with each other. In the research there…

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This is your brain on porn

This is your brain on porn

I’ve been working on an assignment for a couple’s therapy class.  I had to create a fictional scenario involving an estranged couple.  It could have been anything, so I picked an issue that has perplexed me for years.  In the realm of IT, people’s computers make many confessions.  A non-judgemental ear receives even more.  I know common it is for men to be caught up in the porn trap.  Sadly, I never had very valuable advice to give.  For my…

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I’m back

I’m back

It has been a long time since I made any real effort to blog.  I would have to look back a dozen years to when my blog had much of a following.  The truth is, it has been hard to write.  It has been as if my virtual pen has weighed 18lbs.   This season of school has forced me to write.  I’ve begun to remember how much I enjoy it.  It used to be a hobby.  I’ve had some great…

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