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What's Matuirty Got To Do With It?
I sometimes wonder how old I'll have to be for people to stop telling me, "wait 'til you're older and you'll think differently." I've received this prophesy from people over a myriad of topics--politics, theology, education, nationalism, etc.--and I cannot ...
I sometimes wonder how old I'll have to be for people to stop telling me, "wait 'til you're older and you'll think differently." I've received this prophesy from people over a myriad of topics--politics, theology, education, ...
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There is No Design
Today, the US Supreme Court made a decision to affirm what has always been true--that there is no crime in being gay. For me, this has been a day of celebration. For most of my friends on Facebook, either by virtue of the changing of the tide in the United ...
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The Entrepreneurial Pastor
"In a society that overvalues progress, development, and personal achievement, the spiritual life becomes quite easily performance oriented: ‘On what level am I now, and how do I move to the next one?’…but it is of great importance that we leave the world o...
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The Good Shepherd
In the book of John, Jesus has a habit of using very ordinary things to get at some pretty lofty ideas. He healed a blind man with some mud he made from his own spit, he announced the coming of heaven to earth by changing some dirty water into new wine, he ...
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Useless: spirituality at the monastery
During Palm Sunday weekend I went on a retreat with my colleagues from our class on "Practicing the Presence of God" to Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. There, we spent a lot of time in prayer, praying the hours with the monks, and in silence aw...
During Palm Sunday weekend I went on a retreat with my colleagues from our class on "Practicing the Presence of God" to Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. There, we spent a lot of time in prayer, praying the hours w...
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Wholly Othered: A Good Friday Reflection
"...God reveals his strength in the weak, his honor in lowliness, and his splendor in the cross of Christ. His glory is not the splendor of otherworldly superior power but the beauty of love... The glory of the crucified God  leads of necessity to a transfo...
"...God reveals his strength in the weak, his honor in lowliness, and his splendor in the cross of Christ. His glory is not the splendor of otherworldly superior power but the beauty of love... The glory of the crucified God ...
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Is "Maturity" A Useful Category?
This has been a busy summer for me! Just to fill you in, I've been working three jobs: a job at the mailroom at Princeton Seminary, at the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry, and for Hopewell Presbyterian Church (I'm sorta their "Summer Pastor," doing p...
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Moltmann at Princeton Seminary
A couple of days ago I had the rare privilege of hearing Jürgen Moltmann give a lecture at Princeton Seminary's annual Karl Barth Conference. Moltmann gave an impressive lecture on Barth's theology of election and predestination. In true Moltmann fashion, h...
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Stop Being Surprised
In every youth ministry I've been a part of, almost every time an adult who is not used to working with young people (and often, even one who is ) is invited in to engage and interact with young people, they are surprised by the experience. " Those kids are...
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Imagining The Normative Task of Practical Theology
What is "the normative"? In practical theology, as it is broadly described (especially by Richard Osmer ), there are four tasks which relate to one another in something like a hermeneutical circle. The four tasks can be approached differently at different t...
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Maundy Thursday 2015
[Last night I got to lead a Maundy Thursday service at Hopewell Presbyterian Church. The service was done in five "movements"; composed of lots of scripture, lots of hymns, some prayer, some silence, and two short homilies. Below are the two homilies... the...
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My (short) Review of Theology of Play
[Here's the little review I wrote on Goodreads  for Moltmann's Theology of Play . Sign the petition to get it back in print !]   Theology of Play by Jürgen Moltmann My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is one of Moltmann's greatest works, I believe, and yet it rema...
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