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Santa Cruz, CA
author of They Like Jesus But Not The Church, on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA
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Mike! This is an incredibly thoughtful review. Especially with the emotional nature of the topic. I do believe in "hell" as in post-this-life it will be something not good, whatever exactly it turns out to be. But I try to be civil and caring with those who may not agree. A lot is at stake with this topic, which does make it more likely an emotional issue. But I hope your heart of the manner in which people discuss it is something we all strive for. It is interesting as I think (at least in my perspective) are seeing now both ends of the theological spectrum now sending missiles at each other. It felt like it used to be only the right bombing the left, but now feels more like it is both ways. I am all for disagreement but how we disagree makes a huge difference and your approach and thinking here is what I know I hope to personally strive for - so thank you for modeling this! - Dan
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Posted Aug 3, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
Hi again Non! All the evangelicals I know believe in the Apostle's Creed and Nicene Creed. Do you feel those are not in alignment with evangelical belief? Thanks again for you comment!
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On August 15 the new book I have written "Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Mess Of Organized Religion" will be launching with a web site, new blog and various resources available for the book. If you are coming... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
July 31 is the launch of my next book "Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Mess Of Organized Religion" and new web site for the book which will be here along with a re-designed blog. Due to the current... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
This is my last blog post for a while - as I am taking what is somewhat of a sabbatical. This is the first time I have ever done anything like this in the 21 years I have served on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
(I am writing this out and linking to this from an email I will be sending our church this week. So a lot of this post is for Vintage Faith Church with the upcoming teaching schedule). We finished our 4... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
The day we put faith in Jesus we become missionaries, whether we realize it or not. We are starting a new teaching series this Sunday called "Everyday Missionary". We will address myths about what evangelism is or isn't and teach... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
Hey Don! yes, I am going to use half for total refreshment, no internet anything, only reading, praying being with family. Then the second half reading and some research for a future book. But all church responsibilities will be on break for the whole thing. 3 months. So should be a good experience I hope. I am not burnt out or anything, this is more of a time-to-do this kind of a sabbatical. So looking forward to it greatly. Hope you are doing well!
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I will be on sabbatical and will miss Catalyst West Coast this year, but been to it a couple of times and spoke two times at it, and it was always, always a wonderful event. Not just the speakers but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
Hi Don! Always wonderful to hear your perspectives and thoughts Don! Thank you!
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Saint Jonny - thank you for that insight! I did not know that about the Benjamites possibly being trained to be lefties.
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"Ehud then approached him...and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
for those going on Google+ and want to connect there It seems that more activity is happening on Google+ lately. I am still not sure how to be working with both Google+ and Facebook. It will be interesting to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
"If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” - Judges 16:17 Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
"Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
Jason - yes, and we will be looking for all types of voices and churches who are passionate about the mission of Jesus and seeing new generations understand their vocation as mission. So watch the web site when it is launched in February as you can contribute to it. We will be learning together.
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Hi Rob!! I totally agree with you - that when reading the Old Testament there are seemingly actions that can paint God in horrible ways as you describe "homicidal, dictatorial behavior". I would like to refer you to Old Testament scholars who know that world, language, culture etc. a lot more than you or I do and have written explicitly about this very thing. One book is by a philosophy professor named Paul Copan and he wrote "Is God A Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God" And the other is "God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?" by David Lamb a professor who teaches Hebrew and Old Testament. When you study the whole of the Bible and turn to scholars who can take us past our general surface reading of the Bible, it really helps us understand some responses to the understandable questions and challenges you raised. It isn't "defending" immoral acts, but it is to try and gain scholarly insight as to what it is we are even reading and making conclusions about. If you ever were serious about reading them, I'd be happy to get copies and send them to you. Thank you SO much for taking the time to share your thinking here. It is greatly appreciated. Dan
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Kompani101 - yes, we see God actually reprimanding David and not allowing him to build the Temple for his violence. David said to his son Solomon when he said he couldn't build the Temple: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the LORD my God. But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth’” (1 Chronicles 22:7–8) Still a very weird and sad story from the Bible.
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Hi Ron! Thank you! and when we planted our church 7 years ago, I know having others that I could connect with was life-giving. Happy New Year!
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This is one of the toughest things to address in the Hebrew Bible. Two great books which do study this is: "God Behaving Badly" by David Lamb "Is God a Moral Monster?" by Paul Copan
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Deuteronomy 7:2 - "and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy." * Two great book... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
I write for Outreach Magazine and in the new issue the theme is "Becoming Tomorrow's Church". For the feature story, I interviewed several college students at George Fox University in Portland, OR about what they would hope the future church... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2011 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith
Hemie --- Much of what we do Christmas-wise with trees, wreaths etc. are all from the pagan holiday. We just give it new meaning which is fine by me and doesn't bother me that we have trees and all that. Read here for more info on the origin of why we use trees. With the time of the year was Jesus actual born read this Thanks for the comments Hemie! See you Sunday!
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I might be overly sensitive to this topic, as I remember being surprised reading the Bible for the first time as a college student and realizing the nativity scene I had learned all my life up to then wasn't accurate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2011 at Dan Kimball: Vintage Faith