The Discipline of Reconciliation

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Antagonism is that spirit of opposition that seems so prevalent in society today. The world runs on antagonism, says David Fitch. Do any of us really disagree? Us vs. them seems to be the default worldview in our culture; indeed in most cultures. This is of course a direct result of the Fall. It started with the very first family, when, as result of sin (not as part of the Divine Plan) God says to Eve that her desire will be for her husband but he will rule over her (Gen. 3:16).

It continued with many heartbreaking examples from the Old Testament. The estrangement between Joseph and his brothers, the relational and power struggle between David and Saul, even the bickering among the disciples all stand out as examples of an antagonistic world view continuing even into the New Testament.

If you want to see antagonism in the present time, check the news. Continue reading The Discipline of Reconciliation

10 brief thoughts on getting paid as a priest

Preface: I’m not saying here every senior pastor must be paid, or be full time, or that full-time, paid pastors are even necessarily optimal in every situation. There are pros and cons to the various ways of supporting clergy, and that’s what this is about. Continue reading 10 brief thoughts on getting paid as a priest

The discipline of the Lord’s Table

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The discipline of coming together regularly around the Lord’s Table helps us return to Christ and trains us to tend to Christ’s presence not just here, but everywhere we find ourselves during the week.

Think about some of what we do every time we gather around the table: Continue reading The discipline of the Lord’s Table

I tried the Impossible Burger, and I liked it

The brand new, totally plant-based Impossible Burger is a game changer for vegetarians like myself, and possibly for carnivores as well. This animal-meat alternative is basically indistinguishable from it’s less-sustainable counterparts (at least the fast-food versions) and is becoming more and more widely available. Continue reading I tried the Impossible Burger, and I liked it

The man who created the web has some regrets

The increasing centralization of the Web, he says, has “ended up producing—with no deliberate action of the people who designed the platform—a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human.”

Tim Berners-Lee

Think about that for a second. Is the centralization of the web truly anti-human? A bit dramatic to be sure, but I think this guy is on to something.

And if he’s right, this must be counteracted.