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Tombs for Gods Who Once Spoke

Tombs For Gods Who Once Spoke Temples, churches, mosques, you great piles of stones gathered against entropy, the fruits of hard labour, gathering moss in the rain and reaching, always reaching high to poke the underbelly of heaven. In all my travels, in all the steps I’ve climbed and candle-lit interiors, heavy with incense and [...]

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What Exactly is Community? | Gathering Around an Absent Christ

Whilst doing some sessions at St John’s College in Durham recently, the question of what community is was raised. There’s a whole lot of talk about ‘living in community’ and ‘faith communities’ and going out to plant ‘missional communities’ – but whilst a lot is written about what faith and mission may be, there seems [...]

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Has What Emerged Retreated? | Returning to Institutions [4]

Emerging/Retreating [1] | Emerging/Retreating [2] | Emerging/Retreating [3] In the comments on the previous post Acetate Monkey asked ‘How did Vaux wind up?’ Resisting the temptation to explain all the ways that Vaux wound people up, I thought I’d post the section of the book that deals a little with that… with another encouragement to [...]

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Has What Emerged Retreated? | Returning to Institutions [3]

Emerging/Retreating [1] | Emerging/Retreating [2] I’m glad Jonny has posted some of his thoughts and responses to these posts on his site, and Andrew Jones has some great thoughts too, backed up by a range of pieces he’s written around the issues here too. As I set out in a long comment on Jonny’s blog, [...]

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The Emerging Church is just a Marketing Phenomenon

A very interesting post popped up on the theology site ‘An Und Fur Sich’ yesterday, which was a quick critique posted by Brad Johnson, after his investigation into the movement prompted by ‘a mixture of morbid and genuine curiosity.’ His single perspective was to read Pete Rollins’ books, and his comments spring basically out of [...]

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Just Smile for ‘The Peace’ | Non-Contact church

Great updates here on the NZ Catholic’s church to swine flu: no shaking hands at the peace, and no sharing one communion cup. Which begs the obvious question, if the wine is transubstantiated, why doesn’t God filter out the flu? Or does Jesus have it too?

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Top-Down | Bottom-Up | Powers

An excellent week away, helped by the fantastic sunshine that rayed on us every day, while the South got soaked in rain. Reading material for the train/ferry/bus etc. on the way up/down was this month’s Prospect, which contained an article from some old Blairites challenging Brown to move away from top-down centralised governance to a [...]

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New MA at Kings

Kings College have a new MA which they wondered if I’d be happy to flag up, which I am. It’s in ‘Politics, Theology and Faith-Based Organisations’, and you can read more about it in the doc attached below.

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The Nicene Creed | Constantine and the Beginnings of Power Religion

Last April, in the build-up to Easter, I posted a series of thoughts about Jesus and Paul’s journeys toward Jerusalem, and the very different attitudes they took when arrested there. I argued that in Paul’s ‘strategising’ to get himself to Rome, we see the conception of power-Christianity, which perhaps came to full birth with the [...]

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Crazy for God | Frank Schaeffer at Greenbelt 08

“I’d rather be arrested for shoplifting than ever be an evangelical leader again. There was a certain basic and decent honesty about stealing pork chops that selling God had lacked.“ It’s only March, I know, but I’ll put a punt on Crazy for God still being one of my top 5 books of 2008 in [...]

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