Monthly Archives: February 2006

Debating the Reformability of Islam

If you’ve ever wondered about the “reformability” of Islam, Andy McCarthy and Mansoor Ijaz are debating over at Opinion Duel. McCarthy is taking the “no” position and Ijaz, an American Muslim, is taking the affirmative. Well, it’s sort of affirmative. … Continue reading

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Learning from North Point – Summary to date

Here are the posts thus far in my series, Learning from North Point: Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Mission Station vs. Church Part 3 – Environments Part 4 – “Using Means” Part 5 – Clarify the Win Part … Continue reading

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Learning From North Point, part 7

The third of North Point Community Church’s Seven Practices of Effective Ministry is “Narrow the Focus.” After we “Clarify the Win,” that is, after we identify that which we are trying to do so that we know that we have … Continue reading

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Women in the Bible

One of the most helpful scholars I’ve seen writing on subject of women in the bible is Ben Witherington. (By “helpful” I don’t mean those folks who say something like, “The bible says mean stuff about women. I don’t like … Continue reading

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What’s the difference?

I spent seven hours today at the hospital with a family from my church. I just got home, and can report that all went well. A few of us went to a late lunch while the family waited on the … Continue reading

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Methodist Army of Davids?

United Methodism operates as a top-down organization. Initiatives are supposed to flow out of places like New York, Nashville and the Council of Bishops. This is what “connectionalism” is often taken to mean. Initiatives flowing the other direction – from … Continue reading

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“Moderates” in “Religion”

Mansoor Ijaz, an American-born Muslim from a Pakistani family writes about the failures of some of his fellow Muslims in the LA Times. He mentions two “truths,” one directed at Muslims, one at the West. The first truth is that … Continue reading

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