Monthly Archives: April 2005

Taxing tests

This is the week when all the public schools in Texas are taking the TAKS Tests. These are the standardized tests by which we as a society allegedly judged the success of our schools as well as of our students. … Continue reading

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Imperfect Church, part 5

In addition to being Simple, looking Upward and Outward, Sjogren says the church that wishes to become “Perfectly Imperfect” should be Anointed. In my United Methodist tradition I’ve only heard that word used to describe Jesus as the Messiah – … Continue reading

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New Pope

Listening to the live feed from Rome, it sounds like the Pope is Joseph Ratzinger. The feed must have heavy demand, so it keeps cutting out. UPDATE: The Washington Post’s article reports the opinion of an American Catholic: The Rev. … Continue reading

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When to Pull a Feeding Tube

Christian philosopher Gilbert Meilander discusses feeding tubes and their removal from patients. A good discussion of the issue.

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Imperfect Church, part 4

Steve Sjogren advises struggling churches to get Simple, look Upward, and work Outward. Sjogren first came to my attention as the strategist behind Servant Evangelism, and reaching people for Jesus remains noe of his strongest suits. Worship and evangelism are … Continue reading

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New Testament Scholars

My favorite NT scholars include N.T. Wright, Gordon Fee, Richard Bauckham, James Dunn & Ben Witherington. The last of these has a new website up.

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Resources for Parents of Special-Needs Children

As a parent of a child with Special Needs, I try to keep my eyes open for helpful resources. There is so much I don’t know how to do, that we need all the help we can get. This site … Continue reading

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Imperfect Church, part 3

Continuing a commentary on Steve Sjogren’s The Perfectly Imperfect Church…. The second path for struggling churches (see Sjogren’s definition in my first post in this series) involves worship – he calls it Upward. This chapter has some of his best … Continue reading

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Imperfect Church, part 2

In Steve Sjogren’s The Perfectly Imperfect Church, he identifies 13 paths a church travels to become perfectly imperfect. The first of these he calls, “Simple.” He thinks that the way we tend to do church is too complicated for most … Continue reading

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The Significance of Little Things

We usually take little things for granted – that’s why we clasify them as little things and not big things. In social contexts it can be really hard to tell whether something is big or little. Think no farther than … Continue reading

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