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The Dangers of Transformation and the Hope of Mercy in a Suicidal Church (and World)

The Dangers of Transformation and the Hope of Mercy in a Suicidal Church (and World)

The other day I was chatting with someone about why they got out of teaching (grade school), and I was surprised by their answer. It wasn’t the long hours or the short pay or even the endless red tape and administrative dysfunction. They hadn’t lost their love for the kids or their dreams about making a difference. Nor had they been (overly) discouraged by cycles of poverty.

Their beef was with what they called the “pathology of transformation” in their particular school system. The way this guy saw it, the emphasis, however well-meaning, on getting the kids to where they should…

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Another Week Ends: Advent Mudballs, Freaks and Geeks, Christian Pariahs, Yiddish Petraeus, Hitchcock Communion, Scott Walker and Super Wolf

Another Week Ends: Advent Mudballs, Freaks and Geeks, Christian Pariahs, Yiddish Petraeus, Hitchcock Communion, Scott Walker and Super Wolf

1. Not sure exactly what The American Interest is, but Walter Russell Mead’s reflection on the meaning of Advent is the most moving and poetic thing I’ve read on the subject this season, ht TH:

As a kid I could never understand why Advent was a season of fasting and solemnity in the church rather than a time of feasting and dancing. What better way to prepare for a really big celebration than to have a lot of little celebrations as you approach it? What better way to get into the mood?…

But as I’ve reflected on the holiday over the years,…

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Gayle Haggard on Compassion and Forgiveness

Gayle Haggard on Compassion and Forgiveness

From the Christianity Today interview with the wife of disgraced former mega-church pastor/Evangelical leader Ted Haggard. Gayle has just published a book titled “Why I Stayed”. Two relevant soundbytes from the interview (ht AZ):

What do you want individuals and churches to take away from this?

I really want our story to offer hope to people who find themselves in a crisis of any kind. The teachings of Jesus really will guide us through. I also want to challenge the church that what we exist to do is to bring forgiveness and healing to the lives of people, not increase their burden…

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Brit Hume Explains Himself

Brit Hume Explains Himself

A few notable excerpts from an interview the former Fox News anchor did with Christianity Today, regarding his recent bold remarks about Tiger Woods (ht AZ):

What about raising the topic of Buddhism?

I didn’t say much about Buddhism. Look, I don’t think there’s any question, this is a matter of fact. I don’t think Buddhism is hostile to forgiveness or redemption, but Christianity, like no other religion we’ve ever known, is principally, and fundamentally, and especially about forgiveness and redemption. That is what Christianity is based on. That is why Christ was here. That is what he came here to achieve….

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Closer to Being Human

Closer to Being Human

 

Photo by lexiwho (flickr.com)

I just read a review in the NY Times on an off-broadway play entitled “This Beautiful City,” which traces the transformation of the city of Colorado Springs into a “miniature capital of (Evangelical) Christianity.” As expected, one of the storylines is, surprise, surprise, Ted Haggard and his fall from grace (covered elsewhere on this blog) . What caught my eye in the review were the lines spoken by the character who plays Marcus Haggard, one of Ted’s sons.

“Sure, tragedy happened there,” he reflects. “Flip side is, in my view, my dad’s understanding God for the first…

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