Category Archives: Dysfunctional

Empire, Christianity and the confusion of attractive power.

I am coming to the end of Moltmann’s ‘The Crucified God’, and I found this interesting section where Moltmann addresses issues of power, empire and the dangers of idolatry that can/do come with it. He looks at where Christian theology … Continue reading

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The theologian of the cross – Jurgen Moltmann

I am continuing to read Jurgen Moltmann, and I am currently amongst some tasty thinking by this amazing theologian. In ‘The ‘Crucified God”, he writes the following: “The theologian of glory calls the bad good and the good bad; the … Continue reading

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Biblical Justice vs. Human Justice I’m afraid we don’t understand what justice is. I think many of us get our idea of justice from Hollywood action movies (getting even with our enemy) or episodes of Law and Order (giving the bad guy what they … Continue reading

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Discipleship before Leadership.

  I think you can tell by the subject matter of many of my posts that I am a firm believer in the idea of discipleship. My own denomination has for a long time been keen to quote ‘Make Christ-like … Continue reading

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Pastors in competition

competition and “the powers” Marva Dawn writes in Powers, Weakness and the Tabernacling of God that the “sporting impulse” of competition prevails over the gospel impulse of justice among most believers (“Powers, Weakness, etc p41). She continues to ask, “Why … Continue reading

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Christianity without formulas. imagine that.

An article from Peter Enns thought provoking blog…..   October 21, 2013 By Peter Enns Today’s post is a short interview with Ryan Miller, author of everything breathes, which just came out this month. Miller spent 10+ years creating video … Continue reading

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A godless society?

I have been revisiting a book I first read about 8 years ago, ‘The unnecessary Pastor’ by Marva Dawn and Eugene Peterson. I must have only partly read it back then, because I couldn’t remember a section which comments on … Continue reading

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