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His book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion was one of my 10 fav last year. BTW, I often wonder if TED talks are somehow the contemporary sermon.
Adele, we have never had the chance to meet. I have read you on Fb and your blog. Thanks - often times it seems like depression & bipolar are more ostracized than physical illness. Speaking out, sharing stories - it is like kryptonite to the fear. I got my diagnosis last May. Started amictal (lamotrigine) last June. That plus a killer therapist. Still feel like I am from the moon some days. Oddly enough, I sometimes miss the spikes.
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have loved coming back over & over again - feel I know a bit of your story
Lisa & I went there as teenagers - we actually took a youth retreat program from Texas to Wales. And while we were there, our passports were stolen. I did love gooseberry pies.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2012 on llandudno at jonnybaker
what a great description of the mixing of new imagination off of tradition: resembles the source material yet feels wholly new, wholly its own
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2011 on Chanukah remixed at Velveteen Rabbi
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here is some of what I discovered & loved listening to this year http://open.spotify.com/user/bobcarlton/playlist/4kbOEb0hL3hmzaEueRwHHs particular favs: Joe Henry, M83, tuneyards, Los Campesinos!, Little Dragon and my fav song of this year Steve Earle~God is God http://open.spotify.com/track/4he44ihEgNffOhXtRduNAs God,in my little understanding, don't care what name I call. Whether or not I believe doesn't matter at all.
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2011 on discovering music... at jonnybaker
thanks for posting, Paul - one of my fav poets
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2011 on The Journey at Prodigal Kiwi(s) Blog
what a fabulous post, Andrew. this section so resonated with me: To allow the new without threatening the old. To preserve the old without hindering the new. Those without wisdom choose one but not both
what a great quote, Paul - imagine the impact in our faith communities if we all looked at Scripture as "a witnesses to the transforming power that no truth claim itself can contain"
he is a gift - and quite gifted
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2011 on if i didn't know him at jonnybaker
thanks, Imbi - just bought it on my kindle these words ring out: Faith, hope, and love: here they are again. They are the language of life, the sign in the present of green shoots growing through the concrete of this sad old world, the indication that the Creator God is on the move, and that Jesus' hearers and followers can be part of what he's now doing
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thanks for saying this so simply and so eloquently, len. sacarsm comes from the Greek σαρκάζω (sarkazo) meaning 'to tear flesh' . In most sacred traditions, tearing flesh is done with care & within a community context. Bill, you seem proud that you have the truth worked out perfectly - something that Jesus followers like Lewis or Mary of Magdala or Paul or Sallie McFague or even Tom Wright rarely claim. McLaren makes no claim on this perfect order, nor does McKnight or even fundamentalists on the left or right. As a commentor on your blog, I am led to ask where does love (which will remain) come into your behavior. Where are the fruits of the Spirit that the community in Galatia - and all faith communities - work in earnest towards ?
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2010 on "Feelings, Oh, Oh, Oh, Feelings" at kinnon.tv
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Bill, your recent posts seem to pointing out where you see evil, even where others are unable to see it. I'd urge you to spend some time reflecting on today's meditation from Richard Rohr: Jesus gives us a totally different way of dealing with evil—absorbing it in God (which is the real meaning of the suffering body of Jesus) instead of attacking it outside and in others. It is undoubtedly the most counter-intuitive theme of the entire Bible.
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humor is a funny thing
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2010 on Missional® Level® Marketing® at kinnon.tv
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wow bill, first you "out" an emergent "thought leader". then you define a wing of evangelical experience as "home" and beckon someone to it. now, it appears you've been studying Jay Leno or some bar comedian. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. —Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 – 1860)
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2010 on Missional® Level® Marketing® at kinnon.tv
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on this we strongly agree
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2010 on Peter Gabriel - Oh my goodness... at kinnon.tv
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Bill, you embodied a a generous voice here - you obviously engaged deeply with this book. I found your closing paragraph to be more about you than about Brian. In much of Brian's books, he has framed βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ as our home - the Reign of God or the Kingdom of God as our home. Not heaven or earth, not some tradition like Catholic or Evangelical. This home, what we are made for, is a foundational concept in the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This is our plot, Bill - not the canon that we fight over or the petty differences that consume our shallow attention. There is no Elvis, nor is there some expert like Wright or McLaren or Lewis or Keller or McFague (a woman, God forbid) to adjudicate what is and what is not. As Jesus beckoned to us: you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
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thanks for the reply, sonja enmeshed ? nope. i take a lot of comfort in the words of dr. king: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. idle speculation turning to hints turning to gossip in a context that is assumed to be Christian. that matters. at least to me. your premise - what if this were true - gets at the heart of my concern. I do not know if you know personally or are in a community with the person this post is directed at. if so, I suspect you have shared this with them 1 on 1, as sacred traditions have always suggested. If not, um, why are you enmeshed in this. in my experience as Jesus follower, when I wonder if something troubling popped up, I stopped. I do not press post or send or call. I stop. I pray in whatever practice that makes me aware of a connect with the Divine.
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Peggy, your model of "holding people accountable" via blind gossip items, "hints" or what ever language game you prefer, has no grounding in Hebrew Scripture or in Christian Scripture. All this reminds me a C.S. Lewis observation from his time, when gossip & accusations flew in the newspaper rather than the Internet: Gossip is when you must hurry and tell someone something, before you find out it isn't true.
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Peggy, Lewis and other Christian thinkers thru time have always talked of God and faithful communities as the arbiters, as the one who make very hard, time-consuming personal accountability ones. Unilaterally sniping and whatever you can "hinting" - severe yes, mercy no.
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It appears you have already gotten started, based on your posts and what Sonja seemed to allude to in her comment "Bill asked several of us to ride shotgun on this as he is done in". It rings false to post and comment voraciously, Bill, then indicate you take no pleasure. As the wise imbi asked, What is the place of discernment in all this discussion? The catechism at the back of the BCP helps me when I ponder discernment and God's Spirit in that process: We recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit when we confess Jesus Christ as Lord and are brought into love and harmony with God, with ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.
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Peggy, this phrase seems more akin to celebrity gossip or American politics: Many of us out here are just hinting Somewhere, Wormwood is overjoyed.
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what sensational questions, imbi - wonderfully shraed
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Biill, when can we expect you taking to task in this fashion the hundreds of other public leaders who want to pontificate on what the church needs to do regarding just about everything - including marriage. The list is long - it includes Catholics, Anglicans, fat people, skinny people, evangelicals, emergents, Calvinists, men & women.
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peggy, i am curious - who exactly are you saying has not "confess those sins and repent and restore broken relationships" ? on what are you basing that assumption ?
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