Monthly Archives: August 2009

First Day of School

Today I officially become a seminarian. I guess that means I’m thrilled. And excited. And nervous. All at once. But I am looking forward to it. I have created a page that lists my classes for this fall and hope … Continue reading

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Personal Ethics

Another passageĀ from Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: Ethics, especially the ethics of crisis, of life and death, deals with the lives and deaths of particular humans beings. . . . Life-and-death ethics has to do with hurting and helping individual … Continue reading

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Giving to the Needy

More from Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: Aside from the distinction between good and evil, between helping and hurting, the fundamental distinction of that ethic is between giving things and giving oneself. When you give somebody a thing without giving … Continue reading

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Bait and Switch

The famous bait and switch outreach trick. Lure in the non-Christian with something cool like Kool-Aid or dodgeball or picnics, then shove the good news down their throat. Or maybe it’s feeding homeless and slipping a tract in between slices … Continue reading

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Eisegesis and the Gospel Writers

I have been preparing for some pre-seminary exams and one of them will be on the Gospels and Acts. As I have been reading and thinking about the writing of the Gospels, especially in light of my hermeneutics training, I … Continue reading

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Where Has the Time Gone?

Well, I’ve been at this blogging thing for over a year now (minus that two month hiatus at the end of the school year). Regardless, looking back at this past year, this has been a very helpful exercise for me … Continue reading

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The Novel Reading Pastor

I’ve been meeting with a group of pastors and discussing the book, TheĀ Pastor as Minor Poet by M. Craig Barnes. In it, Barnes adds another image or metaphor to the role of a pastor and it is that of being … Continue reading

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