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Tim
Full-time professor, part-time pastor, husband, father of two small boys, just trying to make my way in a new world.
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I never would have thought to call on the memory of a punk rocker as an invocation for worship, but that’s what happened in Vancouver two nights in a row for the opening of U2’s Innocence + Experience tour. As... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Occasio
Thanks, Krystal. I hope we're always in a state of "change", constantly assessing where God has placed us and how we can engage with him in his work. And by the way, you're one of the people I look to as someone who is already active and in pursuit of God's love to others. Thanks for your patient, calm and consistent approach to the lost and needy!
Toggle Commented May 4, 2015 on Christian love amidst hate and neglect at Occasio
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The news today is sobering, especially after hearing and reflecting on Pastor James Bergen’s sermon from yesterday at North Fresno Church. Our congregation is in a series on 1 John and it’s hard to miss the point. It’s the Gospel... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Occasio
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Posted Apr 30, 2015 at The Great Plates Contest
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About this time every year, a seemly contradictory set of statistics collides: the Barna Group publishes a list of the most “Bible-minded” cities and Gallup releases results of their ongoing study regarding the “well-being” of states. The findings are somewhat... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Occasio
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There’s more proof out this week that North American culture continues to shift, transforming both church and society. Specifically, several recent studies reveal how multiculturalism is shaping Christian community, and also being ignored by it. Take Britain for example. Christianity... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Occasio
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Posted Jan 28, 2015 at The Great Plates Contest
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Posted Dec 28, 2014 at The Great Plates Contest
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In an interview this weekend regarding the CIA torture report released on December 9, when queried about the report and the treatment of an alleged terrorist, former vice president Dick Cheney facetiously asked, “What are we supposed to do? Kiss... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Occasio
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About halfway through Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, I thought I’d made a mistake. I glanced anxiously at my 12- and 15-year-old boys and worried that this three-hour story was too complex and plodding for these Harry Potter aficionados. They probably wanted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Occasio
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This last weekend on Saturday Night Live, host Chris Rock demonstrated that he actually has a better theology of Christmas than many Christians. Not without controversy, Rock made fun of Americans’ propensity to commercialize anything and everything, and critiqued our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Occasio
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We’re the ghosts of love / And we haunt this place We’re the ghosts of love / In every face In the ballroom of the crystal light / Everyone’s here with me tonight Everyone but you It’s Halloween, the sacred... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Occasio
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Many institutions are experiencing high rates of transition these days. This is especially true for churches and Christian nonprofits, including colleges and universities. Fresno Pacific University has not been immune. As I watch the landscape of higher ed, I’m well... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Occasio
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Posted Sep 25, 2014 at The Great Plates Contest
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Posted Jul 31, 2014 at The Great Plates Contest
Thanks to Mike, Gary and Jennifer! And thanks for reminding us all about the importance of heart-change, not just affinity with a particular denomination. Maybe all of our denominations would be healthier if--without forsaking our history, traditions and beliefs--we were all a bit more concerned about change from the inside out. -Tim
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2014 on The Most Dangerous Place for Christians at Occasio
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A few months ago, I stared into the night sky with excitement and expectation. With the clock striking midnight, I propped my young son up on a stepstool to peer through a small telescope, and we reveled in the totality... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Occasio
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Session 4: "What is God's Future for the World? An Eschatological Vision for the Kingdom on Earth," May 3, 2014 In this final lecture, NT Wright called out the distinction that is currently being made in contemporary notions of eschatology... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Occasio
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Session 3: "Who Are the People of God? Ancient Israel and the Nations, Modern Israel, and the Church--and Justification in the Kingdom of God," May 2, 2014 (PM) Another fine lecture by NT Wright, this presentation provided the most room... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Occasio
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Session 2: "The One Triune God Amidst Religious Pluralism, Clashing Kingdoms, and Prevalent Evil,” May 2, 2014 (AM) In this session, NT Wright did what he does best: provide a broad, sweeping overview of the biblical record to show how... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Occasio
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Session 1: "Paul and the Faithfulness of God--the Gospel for Runaway Slaves," May 1, 2014. NT Wright's general thesis for this week's series of four lectures is that Paul was far more radical in his world than we have the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Occasio
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photo credit: @ChadJarnagin On Wednesday evening (April 30) we had the unique pleasure of hearing from both Miroslav Volf and NT Wright. These guys are theological rock stars, not in how they presented themselves (they're each quite down-to-earth and humble),... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Occasio
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This morning Miroslav Volf continued his discussion of world religions (see the first Payton Lecture below), this time with a focus on how globalization is impacting all of the major faiths. He contends that living in an ever-expanding global community... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Occasio
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This morning Miroslav Volf presented the first of two lectures for Fuller Theological Seminary's Payton Lectureship. His topic, a Christian focus on world religions, is being addressed in two parts: on Wednesday, “What are they and why do they matter?”... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Occasio
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International theologian Miroslav Volf opened the Week of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary tonight (Tuesday) with the topic "Remembering Rightly and Justly." It was a treat to meet with him in a small, informal context, as he interacted with the... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Occasio