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Weekly Recap: June 30

This is the Weekly Recap. Each Saturday I share posts that I found to be worthwhile from other writers. I also post a list of the posts I wrote that week in case you missed anything and wanted to catch up. If you want to be notified when new posts are added to the site, you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or sign up for the mailing list and get them in your email by using the sign up form on the right side of the page.

Posts from other writers

Church Stories: Cursed Creed – David Henson, posted at Rachel Held Evans’ blog
The Nicene Creed is a beautiful statement of faith coming from the early councils of the church. But there is confliction in this beauty.

A Moment of Silence – Adam McHugh, Introverted Church
Adam is ending his blogging career for now, and is walking away from Introverted Church. The site will still be there, but no new content will be posted. He did however, give a farewell and explain why he has made this decision.

Do We Really Need Hell, Part 1 and Part 2 - Zach Hunt, the American Jesus
The common view of the gospel is that Jesus saves us from hell. But Zach argues that we instead need saved from ourselves, and that hell is not needed after all. (He also got a book deal! Congrats again Zach!)

Idol-ology: When our ideas or experiences replace God – Kurt Willems, the Pangea Blog
As one who tends to focus on the intellectual side of faith, I run the risk of turning my faith into an idol. But the same is true for those who emphasize the gut-feeling over the mind.

Stop Teaching the Ethics of Jesus – Peter Rollins
In an interesting piece, Peter suggests that the condemnation for the sins we commit lead us to commit those sins. Thus, if we stop teaching these ethical problems, but rather open up honest community, we will find ourselves healed.

You Can’t and That’s Good – Erik Cooper, Beyond the Risk
We live in an individualistic society, where we all believe we can do it all. But sometimes we can’t do it all, and that’s just fine.

What God Could Say, and What He Doesn’t Say – Caleb McNary
If God were to appear to us today, there are some things we expect God would say to us. But there are other things that God would say instead.

Tweet of the week comes from the band Gungor:

Approximately 70 percent of the Psalms are laments. Approximately 0 percent of the top 150 CCLI songs are laments (songs sung in churches)

My posts this week

Lessons in life we learn from kids
As I was watching a few children playing this weekend at a softball game, I realized that there are some things that kids could teach us about life.

Viewing the church as a family and a house
I tend to view the church as both a family, and as a house. Because of this, I look for certain things and attempt to treat the church in certain ways.

How one song gave me much more to think about
Last Sunday in church we sang a song that for some reason just had my mind reeling about all of the ways this was not a simple song to sing.

Weekly Recap: June 23

This is the Weekly Recap. Each Saturday I share posts that I found to be worthwhile from other writers. I also post a list of the posts I wrote that week in case you missed anything and wanted to catch up. If you want to be notified when new posts are added to the site, you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or sign up for the mailing list and get them in your email by using the sign up form on the right side of the page.

Posts from other writers

Who do you think you aren’t? – Jamie Wright, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary
We all find ourselves in a place where we ask ourselves, “Who do you think we are?” Perhaps that’s not the question we need to ask.

Typos in the Bible – Jon Acuff, Stuff Christians Like
Sometimes the words in the Bible surprise us. They surely can’t actually be what we read. They must be typos.

When the Boss Doesn’t Know God’s Plan – Matt Appling, writing at Prodigal Magazine
We can know so clearly what God wants us to do. The hard aspect is when our potential employer doesn’t get the memo from God.

You Become Numb To It – Brandon Clements
When we spend so much time with the amazing, it can become mundane. We shouldn’t let this happen.

Rolling the Church Dice: Finding Church – Joy Bennett, Joy in the Journey
My story is very similar to Joy’s, but her and her husband have been searching the internet to find a church, only to end up somewhere they didn’t expect.

Agent Don’t – Sonny Lemmons, writing at Alise-Write.com
It might seem like we can find our place in the church, but sometimes it’s not worth dropping who we are in order to fit into the bubble.

How a Drive Taught Me about Perseverance – Stephanie Spencer, Everyday Awe
Being with God isn’t always a simple. Sometimes the storm surrounds us. It’s nothing we did, it’s just a part of the journey.

Tweet of the Week comes from Aaron @HomelessHeretic

Every single person is redeemable. Like it or not.

My posts this week

Taking a look at how and why I pray
Coming off last Friday’s post about the words we use, today I take a look at how and why I pray the way I do.

Guest Post: The notion of triangulation in faith
My friend John Huff talks about the idea of sticking Jesus on our side of our disagreements, even though Jesus might not be only on our side.

A glimpse of the other side
Recently, I had a glimpse of what it’s like to be put in a box by my gender. It wasn’t enjoyable, and this needs to stop, for everyone.

Weekly Recap: June 16

This is the Weekly Recap. Each Saturday I share posts that I found to be worthwhile from other writers. I also post a list of the posts I wrote that week in case you missed anything and wanted to catch up. If you want to be notified when new posts are added to the site, you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or sign up for the mailing list and get them in your email by using the sign up form on the right side of the page.

Posts from other writers

Why I voted for Jesus instead of Obama in the primary – Kurt Willems, the Pangea Blog
Inspired by a book I plan to review later this year, Kurt explains his reasoning for why Obama just didn’t quite fit the bill when it came to his vote this time around.

Signs & Wonders Camp – Zach Hunt, the American Jesus
An awful church summer camp put on by the International House of Prayer, this camp promises to teach your children how to perform miracles. Zach explains why this thinking is completely flawed.

Anywhere, Anything: On Worship and Hyperbole – Addie Zierman, How to Talk Evangelical
The songs we sing claim we will do anything and go anywhere for God, but Addie tells another side of that story. The one where we don’t want to back up what we sing.

The Day I Forgave My Father – Tony Alicea, writing at Prodigal Magazine
Tony’s father left when he was a child, and has now come back wanting to talk, where he faces the truth that he never forgave him for what he did.

Dear Son – Jeff Goins, writing at the Higher Calling
Jeff is a brand new father and has shared a letter to his son that is perfect. I have nothing else to say about this. Go read it.

10 Things People Want From You – Rob Shepherd
We have certain expectations for what people want from us. But Rob shares a list of ten things that are actually desired in us, and ten things people want us to leave behind.

Tweet of the week comes from the Dalai Lama:

I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.

Announcement

I have added a new section to the site. If you look up top on the menu bar you will see an item that says “Today I learned…” This links to a tumblr page where I share a simple lesson from that day. It’s not always serious, sometimes it is. They’re usually always short. Feel free to head over there and check it out. You can also comment on them if you feel like it.

My posts this week

Why I hide my seminary experience
I don’t usually bring up I went to seminary, even when around Christians. It will eventually come up if we talk long enough, but it’s not the first thing I bring up. I shared my reason why.

Reworked Post: The surprising effects of gossip
Looking back on a post from over a year ago, I reworked a post about how I was unintentionally hurt by gossip that wasn’t directed at me.

Christianese: “He” is the “Father” God
Adding another post to the Christianese series, I look at the terms “he” and “Father” when referring to God, and why these terms aren’t as perfect as I once thought they were.

Weekly Recap: June 9

This is the Weekly Recap. Each Saturday I share posts that I found to be worthwhile from other writers. I also post a list of the posts I wrote that week in case you missed anything and wanted to catch up. If you want to be notified when new posts are added to the site, you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or sign up for the mailing list and get them in your email by using the sign up form on the right side of the page.

Posts from other writers

What’s The Big Deal About Being A Mom? – Matt Appling, Prodigal Magazine
Some people believe there is a specific way a mother should be. Matt however, believes they can be more than just what tradition holds.

Lament and Faith and Childhood: Why my kid and I read the sad Psalms – Micha Boyett
Doubt and questioning are a part of the life of faith, and there is no reason why our children should not know the sad Psalms.

Love Wins Isn’t Jewish Enough for Rob Bell - Kurt Willems, the Pangea Blog
Rob Bell is known for his understanding of the Hebrew culture that surrounds Jesus, but with his book Love Wins, it doesn’t go far enough into the Jewish context of the day.

Christian Bookstores: On Product and Promise – Addie Zierman, How to Talk Evangelical
Christian bookstores were once a place I went to to find new music and books. But over time, it becomes exhausting, and Addie shares her perspective.

Why I Tell Some Visitors to Go Home - Ray Hollenbach, ChurchLeaders.com
Usually we want to welcome people into the church, but sometimes it’s best to tell them to go home.

Go fly a kite (a post about my son, cursing a macaw, & reciting Catholic nursery rhymes) – Matthew Paul Turner
Sometimes we can get so focused into doing something, that we lose sight of what we were doing from the start. The best thing is when those we love despite it.

Guest Post: “I’m a Christian, I Don’t Like Worship Songs” – Ryan Pugh, The American Jesus
Guest posting at the American Jesus, Ryan gives a well written look at some reasons how worship music can change for the better.

My posts this week

What are the pros and cons of the online church?
Lots of churches offer their Sunday services online. But what are the pros and cons to doing this? I look at a couple of each today.

How do we deal with “not in the earliest manuscripts?”
There are sections of scripture that claim they were, “not in the earliest manuscripts.” How do we deal with these portions of text?

A glimpse at open theism
I’m an open theist. I admit it. Today, I give you a glimpse into what open theism is with two examples. Look for a short series on this topic next month.

Weekly Recap: June 2


This is the Weekly Recap. Each Saturday I share posts that I found to be worthwhile from other writers. I also post a list of the posts I wrote that week in case you missed anything and wanted to catch up. If you want to be notified when new posts are added to the site, you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or sign up for the mailing list and get them in your email by using the sign up form on the right side of the page.

Posts from other writers

Calling all evangelical leaders: Christian hate is trending (speak up!) – Matthew Paul Turner
The amount of hate speech coming out of Christianity is rising and it is time for us to stand up against the hate and shut it down.

Two posts by Zach Hunt from the American Jesus
Politician Preachers
Christians have a tendency to bring politics into the pulpit. But the reason is not always to bring about a better world, but to find a special kind of power.
How Being “Radical” Became A Bad Joke
We love to claim that Christianity is radical. But in our efforts to be radical, we have fallen way short and have made ourselves a joke instead of a passionate effort.

Being A Man: Size Matters – Sonny Lemmons, Prodigal Magazine
Sonny left his job to be a full time father. Others around him told him that was a bad choice for his career. He thinks it was a good idea.

Things That Have Gone Missing Because My Husband is an Atheist – Alise Wright
Alise’s husband left Christianity to become an atheist. A couple of things have changed because of this, and here is a list of what has gone missing in her life because of this.

35 Years in Church and I Still Don’t Know How to Deal to Poverty – Shawn Smucker
We know that poverty is a big problem. We know the church should work to end poverty. But even after 35 years, we still don’t always know what to do.

My posts this week

An incredible sight to see
This month I passed over 1,000 views on my blog, and actually ended at 1,133. This gives me hope that this writing endeavor will actually be worth it.

My father’s fight with ALS: Part 5
This month I’ve been writing a series about my dad’s struggle with ALS. This week I concluded the series with the story of his funeral.

Eight quick book reviews
Instead of taking the time to review each item individually, I wrote some quick reviews of the books I’ve read this year as a part of my 30 book reading goal for 2012.

Weekly Recap: May 26

This is the Weekly Recap. Each Saturday I share posts that I found to be worthwhile from other writers. I also post a list of the posts I wrote that week in case you missed anything and wanted to catch up. If you want to be notified when new posts are added to the site, you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or sign up for the mailing list and get the Weekly Recap in your email each Saturday by using the sign up form on the right side of the page.

Posts from other writers

On Baptism, Eucharist and Ecumenism – Jon Wasson
Sometimes we put limits on the sacraments. Who can and can’t do what and in what way does it have to be done. Jon argues, it doesn’t matter.

Facebook Theology – Zach Hunt, The American Jesus
Facebook can be a great tool to discuss ideas and views. But usually, it’s a place where bad theology gets espoused as if it were perfect.

Meditation: It’s Time to Dump John 3:16 – Ray Hollenbach, Students of Jesus
John 3:16 has been used for years as the beacon for Christianity. But it’s not the whole story, and it’s time we moved on.

Belonging: Where to Find Allies in the Church – Ed Cyzewski, In A Mirror Dimly
The church can be double edged sword. It can be hurtful, and it can be helpful. Here’s how to find those that help.

Is Living A Good Story Always Exciting? – Rachel Wightman, Prodigal Magazine
Just because we should live our lives with a good story, doesn’t always mean we need to be doing radical things. Does it?

Can You Be Loyal to God and Country? – Logan Mehl-Laituri, RelevantMagazine.com
A former soldier shares his story of how he became a pacifist, and the confliction he holds over Memorial Day.

My posts this week

Looking at a seed to better understand faith
We’ve heard that faith is like a seed, but what are the conditions that help our faith to sprout?

My father’s fight with ALS: Part 4
May is ALS Awareness Month. To honor my dad’s fight, I’ve been telling his story throughout this month. This week I talk about of his last days.

The confliction over censorship
It’s easy to say that censorship isn’t something I support, but when it comes it something I know is wrong, its harder to stay with my words.

Weekly Recap: May 19

This is the Weekly Recap. Each Saturday I share posts that I found to be worthwhile from other writers. I also post a list of the posts I wrote that week in case you missed anything and wanted to catch up. If you want to be notified when new posts are added to the site, you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or sign up for the mailing list and get the Weekly Recap in your email each Saturday by using the sign up form on the right side of the page.

Posts from other writers

What I said in my graduation speech to my fellow seminarians – Kurt Willems, the Pangea Blog
My graduate commencement is today, so I thought I would share the graduation speech my friend Kurt shared with his seminary out in California.

Enough: Or, why we should all be laughing hysterically in the magazine aisle - Rachel Held Evans
Women’s self image has been tied to media for decades, and Rachel declares enough. Time to move past the magazine aisle views of how women should be.

Scripture’s God-Breathed Imperfections – Greg Boyd, ReKnew
I used to worry about the contradictions in scripture and the areas where it disagrees with itself. But the good news is, we don’t need to worry about these, because the Bible points to something more important.

When Prayer Works, But We Don’t – Zack Hunt, The American Jesus
Sometimes we pray hoping to hear from God. Then sometimes when God answers, we aren’t ready for God to answer.

Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived – The Oameal
I love the Oatmeal, and after reading his rant on Nikola Tesla, I love Tesla too. Read it and I bet you will as well.

My posts this week

Discussion: What is your story with the church?
Find out about a project I’m a part of as well as share the reason you stuck with of left the church. Head over to the post to comment.

My father’s fight with ALS: Part 3
May is ALS Awareness Month. In honor of my dad’s fight with ALS, I’m sharing the story of how we got a wheelchair ramp.

Video games as an image of mourning
Can video games teach us anything about the mourning process? I think they can.

Weekly Recap: May 12

This is the Weekly Recap. Each Saturday I share posts that I found to be worthwhile from other writers. I also post a list of the posts I wrote that week in case you missed anything and wanted to catch up. If you want to be notified when new posts are added to the site, you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or sign up for the mailing list and get them in your email by using the sign up form on the right side of the page.

Posts from around the Internet

How to win a culture war and lose a generation – Rachel Held Evans (ignore the mysterious strikethrough, the link does work. I don’t know why it’s doing that.)
With the passing of Amendment One in North Carolina, Rachel asks evangelicals if they’re happy with their victory? Because they’ve lost a generation with this vote.

We Never Come To The Bible Alone – Jamie Arpin-Ricci, The Cost of Community
No matter how much we claim we are reading the Bible without any influences, we bring a whole slew of beliefs, interpretations, and ideas with us.

The Post-Program Church – Bobby Jamieson, 9Marks Blog
For years the church has focuses on programs, but as we shift into a newer life of the church, is it time to move past the idea of programs into something else?

In which I share 4 reasons why I am NOT against same-sex marriage – Sarah Bessey
Being a Canadian, Sarah has no problem with same-sex marriage. Her opinion comes from it being legal in her country, and she shares why it hasn’t effected her at all.

Reframing crazy when it comes to church – Kathy Escobar
Some people in the church call the missional movement “crazy.” Kathy invites us to see just how crazy the church is already.

“All Things for the Good” – Aubry Smith
When someone says that God works all things for good, sometimes we want to slap the optimism of their face.

Picture of the Week is found on Gentlemint: Lightsaber instructions from IKEA.

My posts from the week

What does it mean when God shows up?

My father’s fight with ALS: Part 2

Do we still hold to sola Scriptura? Should we?

Weekly Recap: May 5


This is the Weekly Recap. Each Saturday I share posts that I found to be worthwhile from other writers. I also post a list of the posts I wrote that week in case you missed anything and wanted to catch up. If you want to be notified when new posts are added to the site, you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or sign up for the mailing list and get them in your email by using the sign up form on the right side of the page.

Posts from around the Internet

The Top 5 Things Introverts Dread About Church (and/or Church Camp) – Chelsey Doering, Inadequate Images
As an introvert, church can sometimes be uncomfortable. Chelsey nails some of the worst aspects of church that introverts face.

Belonging: The Worst Church Job Ever – Ed Cyzewski, In A Mirror Dimly
I was a former worship leader. I almost interviewed for another one. Ed explains why it’s the worst job you can have in the church. I have to agree.

Baby Christian – Addie Zierman, How to Speak Evangelical
We always hear how we need to move past the baby Christian stage and eat some real food. But maybe we should value the baby stage a bit more.

Dear Child – Alise Wright
In the wake of a North Carolina pastor’s sermon on hitting your gay child, Alise responds to any of the children in his church.

The Unlikely Book the Changed My Life – Aubry Smith, Faith Village
Some of you are aware of my annoyance with certain interpretations of Revelation. But Aubry writes a review of a book that I’ve put on my reading list.

Posts I wrote this week

How the church can keep visitors
One of the key things the church can do to get people to stay, is get to know them. It’s a simple but underused method.

My father’s fight with ALS: Part 1
May is ALS Awareness Month. In honor of my father’s fight with ALS, I’m telling part of his story each Wednesday in May. This week is the story of his diagnosis.

A blog post 25 years in the making
Thursday was my 25th birthday. So I looked back on some of the points that have brought me here today.

Weekly Recap: April 28

This is the Weekly Recap. Each Saturday I share posts that I found to be worthwhile from other writers. I also post a list of the posts I wrote that week in case you missed anything and wanted to catch up. If you want to be notified when new posts are added to the site, you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or sign up for the mailing list and get them in your email by using the sign up form on the right side of the page.

Posts from around the Internet
In which I admit I couldn’t be a Christian by myself – Sarah Bessey
We’ve all tried to be Christians on our own. We’re Americans, we think we can do it. But it’s not the easiest thing to do.

I Am SORRY: Apology to Gays, Athiests, and More - The Pursuit Blog on YouTube
I’m not a big fan of the spoken word videos, but the message is still a good one that needs said.

Taking A Sabbatical From Church Part 1Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 – Zach Hunt, the American Jesus
Last week I shared the first part of the sabbatical proposal. I’m sharing it again along with the other three because it sounds like an interesting idea.

John Wesley Charges that Calvinism Makes God Out to Be Worse than the Devil – SEA, Society of Evangelical Arminians
I’m not quite ready to go as far as John does in this, but as a Methodist, I found his charges that Calvinism is blasphemy to be surprising and an interesting read.

Depression ≠ no faith – Leanne Penny
As someone who struggled with depression as well, the sentiments in this post ring true. I might be depressed, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have faith.

The problem with “homosexuality” – Justin Lee, Crumbs from the Communion Table
Homosexuality is a loaded word used in ways that it doesn’t accurately describe. What if we stopped using it as the end all adjective and found better descriptions of what we are talking about?

Tweets of the week are from
Jaime the Very Worst Missionary (@JaimeTheVWN)  - Not everyone who quits is “giving up”. Some people quit because they think what they’re doing is bullshit and wanna do something better.
and
Jesus Christ (@JesusOfNaz316) – You do not trust in God. You trust in your military and your economy.

Announcement
You probably noticed the big green bar at the top of the page. That’s because I’m looking for people interesting writing some posts to share on this blog. Feel free to click the links on the notice bar to find out more. If you’re sick of looking at it, just click the big “X”.

My posts from the week
Are the Left Behind books really inspirational?
I’m not a fan of the Left Behind books and the whole mentality behind them. But when I saw them labelled as inspirational reading, I had to wonder if they really are.

A call for submissions
As I said above, looking for guest posts. Click this link to learn more.

Why I think we should leave Left Behind on the shelf
Even though I don’t like the Left Behind books, I have a hard time not keeping them around. Click the link to find out why.