17 August 2016

Certitude: A Disaster Waiting To Happen - Brian Zahnd

Certitude: A Disaster Waiting To Happen - Brian Zahnd: "Real faith is forged in the fiery theodicy of Job’s bitter trial where every assumption of the goodness of God is put to the test. "



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31 July 2016

What I'm Reading...Brian Zahnd

The Jesus Revolution - Brian Zahnd: "The politics of Jesus is without coercion. The kingdom of God persuades by love, witness, Spirit, reason, rhetoric, and if need be, martyrdom — but never by force. "



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13 June 2016

This is funny if you are conservative...

Conservative political beliefs not linked to psychotic traits, as study claimed - Retraction Watch at Retraction Watch: "Researchers have fixed a number of papers after mistakenly reporting that people who hold conservative political beliefs are more likely to exhibit traits associated with psychoticism, such as authoritarianism and tough-mindedness."



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31 May 2016

Gorilla Boy's Mom Shouldn't Be Burned at the Stake - Hit & Run : Reason.com

This is why I don't read the comment sections of news articles, or avoid the comment sections on Facebook about controversial subjects...



Gorilla Boy's Mom Shouldn't Be Burned at the Stake - Hit & Run : Reason.com: "What is easier than all of these is to sink into the sewer of self-righteousness and pretend that if only someone had been doing what we believe we would have done in that unpredictable situation, everything would be peachy. That way we get to feel smug and angry—a heady combination. And the perfect kindling for the burning of witches, or the crafting of national legislation."



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20 May 2016

Praying for Portland – John Meunier

There's a lot of this going around recently, and not just in Portland...



Praying for Portland – John Meunier: "We point to what “the other side” has done in the past to justify demonizing them in the present. "



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13 May 2016

when god is unfaithful: reclaiming a theology of lament | Pete Enns

when god is unfaithful: reclaiming a theology of lament | Pete Enns: "What can we learn from this? Brueggemann commented:  “Churches should be the most honest place in town, not the happiest place in town.”"



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God is big enough to handle our anger.

15 April 2016

3 Post-Easter Reflections on a Post-Christian USA - Seedbed

3 Post-Easter Reflections on a Post-Christian USA - Seedbed:



A couple of good quotes, here's one:



Today, all acts of humility are interpreted as weakness and strength is only understood through raw power. This is in sharp contrast to the ethic of Jesus, which demonstrates that “my power is made perfect in weakness” and his greatest power is exhibited through the weakness and vulnerability of the cross. 
 And the other

Third, there is growing fear and racial unrest in America....I discovered that Serbs and Croats had lived side by side for generations, but the collapse of the Christian worldview led to one of the worst episodes of ethnic violence in history. It is there that the phrase “ethnic cleansing” would be coined.
The whole thing should be read.



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09 April 2016

A Series to begin to Practice Film Making...04/09/2016

Enough of me sitting around and watching how to videos. Dreaming of having the right equipment. I have enough equipment that can get me started. 
So as I said in a short Vlog post I've been thinking about trying to do a series. Well, it's time to get going. I've begun the preproduction and planning for the series, and the first episode. As I have limited time, while I'm off from work, I've set a deadline of June 1st. I'm going to try the first episode out as a general overview of the series sooner than that. 
My target time wise is to do one new video each month, released at the beginning of the next month. I've given myself 2 months for this first one because I tend to be slow when I'm unsure of what I'm doing. 
What am I calling this series? Exploring Northern Michigan. My goal is going through northern Michigan (the forecast area of the office), and do a video about each town. As I find interesting things in the towns, I will do a separate video on that subject. As an example, I'll do an installment about Gaylord, but then maybe The Big Ticket Festival. 
So that's the idea. I was out shooting some stuff in Gaylord yesterday. Now, I'm going to go through and see what I have for video of other areas around northern Michigan.