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Seth’s Blog: It could be one of two things — July 31, 2012

Seth’s Blog: It could be one of two things

It could be one of two things

It might be that your audience isn’t smart enough, caring enough, attentive enough, with-it enough or generous enough to understand and appreciate you.

Or it might be that you’re not good enough (yet).

If you’re in the habit of assuming one of these, try out the other one for a while.

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Jonathan Martin: Pastor of Renovatus Church in Charlotte NC ??? Gender, race, and Pentecost: the world has moved on. — July 30, 2012

Jonathan Martin: Pastor of Renovatus Church in Charlotte NC ??? Gender, race, and Pentecost: the world has moved on.

<blockquote class=’posterous_long_quote’><p>The future has already arrived, and it has little to do with people like me.&nbsp; In the global body of Christ, we have seen a remarkable shift in the balance of power.&nbsp; Those of us in the west in general and North America in particular are used to being in the seat of power and influence; we are used to being those who shape global conversation in the Church.&nbsp; Our sense of self-importance is innate.&nbsp;&nbsp; Drunk on the rhetoric of America as a new Israel, our Christian faith a curious syncretism of sentimental piety and manifest destiny, we send missionaries into the world.&nbsp; We ship our virtues and vices wholesale into all the earth.</p><p>…. &nbsp; It is a very small world that we live in that feels deceitfully large.&nbsp; We have blogs, we write books, we talk about the most recent issue of <em>Christianity Today</em>.&nbsp; So it is easy to think we are the center of the universe.</p><p>We did not notice that the world has already moved on.&nbsp; We didn???t notice that the wind of the Spirit left us, and that there is a new world coming in Latin America and Africa and Asia that rendered us inconsequential.&nbsp; We enjoyed our time in the mainstream well enough to forget that the move of God always comes from the margins.</p></blockquote>

On Leaving Academia ?? Ars Experientia — July 28, 2012
does Akismet have a whitelist? — July 26, 2012

does Akismet have a whitelist?

Recently I’ve noticed that when I comment on (some) WordPress blogs, that my comments get inadvertently marked as spam — and I’ve had to contact the blog owner to check for my comment. Is there a Akismet whitelist that I can be listed on for my email and blog URL?

Growing the church in lessons of love and marriage | marriage, sex, lessons – Odessa American Online —

Growing the church in lessons of love and marriage | marriage, sex, lessons – Odessa American Online

???The idea is that we bring people to church. We know certain kinds of topics the Bible speaks about and the world talks about,??? Bennett said. ???If that (relationships) is what people are talking about, the church can also be part of that conversation.???

The series is just the first of many in St. Luke???s new partnership with Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., as part of a pilot program with three other churches.

Through the partnership, Church of the Resurrection, a congregation of around 17,000 members, helps smaller churches, like St. Luke???s with an active congregation of 80 people, get the resources and content needed to build their membership.

So during regular worship services, lectures like the ???Love, Sex and Marriage??? series are presented by Church of the Resurrection???s pastor, the Rev. Adam Hamilton, via an internet video stream, instead of Bennett.

???We???re looking at restructuring the geography of the church. Why not use today???s technology to make our ministries more vital???? Bennett said. ???If this works, after a couple of years, as St. Luke???s grows, we will partner with other smaller churches.???