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Bi-vocationalism as guerrilla warfare: 5 thoughts

Bi-vocationalism as guerrilla warfare: 5 thoughts

Ok, yes, it might sound extreme.  But let’s be sober-minded.  As Todd Hiestand (and the comments) notes in his great post, “10 Suggestions/Thoughts on Bi-vocational Ministry”, being a missional bi-vocational pastor is hard, it takes commitment, it takes faith.  But in this post-Christian context (or…

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Being the Temple for the World, #5

Being the Temple for the World, #5

As we saw in the last post, humanity was created in God’s image and likeness to be God’s representative in the world (royal-image), and to be God’s very representation in the world (cultic-image). God’s presence had been given to humanity (indeed, to the entire cosmos…

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Being the Temple for the World, #4

Being the Temple for the World, #4

So we have talked about how Heaven and Earth are best thought as God’s Temple, and that God rests in his temple residence as the ruler of the cosmos. This naturally leads us to ask, “Ok, so what does humanity have to do with all this?”…

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Being the Temple for the World #3b

Being the Temple for the World #3b

(SNARK: I’m hoping to answer, “Everything you didn’t know you didn’t know about it about God resting.”)

Yesterday the post was getting long so I cut it off and will pick it up now (see this for the beginning of the series).

Yesterday we talked about “The Cosmic Temple of Creation: A Dwelling…”, in that heaven and earth were made to be a dwelling place for God to rest. But what exactly does this means.

The Cosmic Temple of Creation: …For Resting (which is Productive)

If a temple is a place for a god’s dwelling and ruling, then this is what we need to understand by a god resting in a temple. “Rest” is not a cessation of work, but a sitting down from all the preparatory work to engage in the real work of ruling. Let me explain.

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Being the Temple for the World #1

Being the Temple for the World #1

On Sunday we started new class on “God with Us: Being the Temple for the World”

I know that not everyone at Life on the Vine could make it, and perhaps others on the inter-webs might be interested, so I’m going to try and write up quick summaries of each class.

We started with the question of “What does the phrase ‘God with us’ make us think about it”? Answers ranged from this being a comforting promise to it being a truth that can seriously let us down. Is God ‘with us’ in our ideas, opinions, our community, the world? And really, how, when, and where is God ‘with us’? Is “GOD with us” or “God with US”? And what does this have to do with “salvation”, and “eschatology”, and all those other theological words?

God With Us

After this discussion I began to set the terms and outline for the class. The first is “God with us.”

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The Practice of Living: All Saints Day

The Practice of Living: All Saints Day

Why do we run from death if death has been defeated? Why do we forget those who have gone before us and pretend that we have to go it alone? All Saints Day is good for us here in America, in the West, where we…

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The Human Side of Prayer (along with Tim Keller)

The Human Side of Prayer (along with Tim Keller)

I came across this on twitter and it caught my eye and made me think. Failure to pray is not merely breaking some religious rule. It is really a failure to treat God as God. — Timothy Keller (@timkellernyc) October 26, 2014 What do you…

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A Modest Plea for Coaches to Stay Pastors

A Modest Plea for Coaches to Stay Pastors

When God called me to be a pastor I resolved I would never view the pastorate as a career ladder to be climbed. Growing up I had seen and heard people talk about how some youth pastor had now become an associate pastor, with the…

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Deeper than We Thought (1): Our Society’s Sin

Deeper than We Thought (1): Our Society’s Sin

The Journey of Redemption  I’ve found in my journey of redemption that I don’t necessary sin egregiously in every category. Rather I’ve found I often keep struggling with the same two or three sins that seem to go all the way down to my core. Every time…

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The poor you will always have with you.

The poor you will always have with you.

For the poor you will always have with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish: but you will not always have me. (Mark 14:7)  From crude realism to hopeless resignation, this quote from Jesus is confusing at best and disheartening at…

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