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Boeing: It's Not OK to be Honest

Boeing: It’s Not OK to be Honest

I read an article in the paper today about the cracks in the fuselage of a Southwest Boeing 737 that occurred mid flight and resulted in an emergency landing.  OK, I actually just read 2 paragraphs of the article.  But one sentence stuck out:

In trying to explain what went wrong, Boeing made the unusual move of publicly acknowledging technical missteps.

The move was unusual because it’s not wise to admit failure or mistakes in the business world.  You just might get sued or cost your stockholders lots of money.  It was declared unusual to be honest.

Unfortunately the same is true in the church.  It’s actually not OK to…

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“Wake me up inside…” (part 5c): Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation (iv.1.58)

“Wake me up inside…” (part 5c): Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation (iv.1.58)

(iv.1.58.4 cont.) *There are three forms to Sin. 1. Sin negates the first form of grace of God: that “God gives Himself to us, He makes Himself responsible for our cause, He takes it into His own hand”. Sin transgresses the great first commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your soul, mind, body, and strength. Sin negates that Jesus, very God, humbled Himself to become human in order to take humanity to Himself; thus, it negates Jesus’ High-priestly office; this is the sin of pride. 2. Sin negates the second form of the…

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Mere Anglicanism 2011

Mere Anglicanism 2011

The 2011 Mere Anglicanism conference this year is held in thanksgiving for the faithful witness of Bishop C. FitzSimons Allison to the Word of God’s Grace. It will be held at St. Philip’s Church in Charleston S.C. January 20-23. Some of Mockingbird’s favorite theologians will be speaking at the conference.

Here is the Morning Prayer Homilist for the conferenceDr. Jim Nestingen

“At the same time , the First Commandment sums up the whole gospel. It is God’s promise, the announcement of the decision that God has made for you and each of us in Christ. This is the promise Paul declares…

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“Wake me up inside…” (part 5a): Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation (iv.1.58)

“Wake me up inside…” (part 5a): Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation (iv.1.58)

iv.1.58.4 Barth works out the threefold form of the Christological aspect of the doctrine of the reconciliation*. In and by Jesus, humanity is confronted with God. In Jesus, God—by becoming man—actively intervenes and takes up His cause—the covenant—“with and against and for man”. Jesus “is the authentic revealer of God as Himself God”. By Jesus one understands the Godhead because Jesus defines it and it does not define Jesus. “[Jesus] is God as he takes part in the event which constitutes the divine being” and He does this by becoming man. In this becoming…

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An Introduction to the Law and the Gospel - Sean Norris in Modern Reformation

An Introduction to the Law and the Gospel – Sean Norris in Modern Reformation

The latest issue of Modern Reformation contains articles from not one but three Mockingbird Contributors: Jady Koch, Nick Lannon and Sean Norris. Well done, guys! If you’re not a subscriber, do yourself a favor – ModRef is one of the best theological magazines going. It manages to be accessible to the non-academic and engaged in the real issues facing “people in the pews,” without sacrificing one iota of intellectual firepower – all delivered with a healthy dose of stridency and self-effacing humor. If the Protestant Reformation is even remotely a concern for you (as it is for us!), then Modern…

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Two Rod Rosenbladt Quotes That Changed My Life

Two Rod Rosenbladt Quotes That Changed My Life

About seven years ago Dr. Rod Rosenbladt gave a series of talks at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. It is not an understatement to say that the following two quotes from that event literally changed my life. I felt like I was given a clear picture of the Gospel for the very first time, and looking back, I realize that the long, bumpy road to seminary (and a mid-stream career change) began that day. These are both from the first part of his Saturday morning lecture. He spent about an hour doing some theology with us…

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Kerouac, Tolstoy, and The Egyptian -- Lenten Reflections

Kerouac, Tolstoy, and The Egyptian — Lenten Reflections

In Paul Zahl’s remarkable recent piece on the 1950s film The Egyptian, he puzzles over Jack Kerouac’s wild hatred of the film, especially as (PZ notes):

“The title character, take away the toga, is [Kerouac] himself.”

Perhaps the puzzle contains its own key?

I defer to PZ here — since by far he’s our greatest expert on 50s movies and JK. But somehow Kerouac and The Egyptian reminded me of a similar puzzle: namely Tolstoy’s baffling hatred of everything by Shakespeare, and the way he had reserved especial venom for King Lear, a play considered by cultural historians as one of the…

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Puttin' People on the Moon

Puttin’ People on the Moon

Over Thanksgiving my wife and I strayed from the NYC metropolitan area, which meant one thing as far as she was concerned: country radio. Song after song oozed sentimentality for a red state existence, an American car, family, and of course, Christianity, or at least “good Christian values,” and I have to admit it felt inspiring. But what does Nashville idealize? According to Montgomery Gentry in “Something To Be Proud Of,”

That’s something to be proud ofThat’s a life you can hang your hat onYou don’t need to make a millionJust be thankful to be workin’If you’re doing what…

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How Will You Keep Christmas This Year? (Part 2)

How Will You Keep Christmas This Year? (Part 2)

When considering the meaning of anything having to do with what we believe, it’s always a good idea to start with the Nicene Creed, which specifically addresses the subject of Christmas: For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: By the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, And was made man.

That’s what the coming of Christ really means, apart from the Christmas holiday and all of its stress and commercialization. Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation of Christ. But before we discuss the incarnation, or Christmas if you prefer,…

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Mockingbird at the Movies: ANTZ

Mockingbird at the Movies: ANTZ

The 1999 film ANTZ was Dreamworks’ entry into the computer animation market. They tried to get in on the market created by Pixar, but couldn’t equal the quality, neither of animation nor of storytelling. In any event, ANTZ is the story of Z (Woody Allen), a worker ant who isn’t happy with his lot in life. He’s frustrated with the mentality of the colony, that any single ant isn’t important, it is only the colony that is important. General Mandible (Gene Hackman doing his best Crimson Tide), plans to “save” the colony by destroying the worker ants completely, leaving…

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Hope for Today

I’ve been thinking a lot about something that Steven Paulson said at the Mockingbird Conference a few weeks back. Referring to a correction that Martin Luther made to one of St. Augustine’s teachings, he said, “We don’t live where we love. We live where we hope.” The more I thought about it the more I discovered it was true; I cling to hope.

It is a matter of survival it seems. I cannot get through my day without some thought of what I

have to hope in. Often times I think my hope lies with…

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