Category Archives: Institutional Church

Space Wanted Where Culture War and Theological Enemies Can Meet as Friends

Daniel Kirk Moves On From Fuller I’ve never met Daniel personally but I’ve been reading his blogging for years. He’s been a full time associate tenure track Fuller prof in the SF Bay Area. He posted today why he’s leaving Fuller … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Next Iteration of American Civil Religion

In the 20th century religion, morality, politics and commerce aligned in America first to win WWII and then the Cold War. Growing up on the CRC left I always heard Civil Religion as a dirty word. Both SCOTUS and POTUS … Continue reading

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Can an RCA Council End its Perpetual Struggle over LGBTQ Issues?

The Other Synod After a long day of advisory committee work at the CRCNA Synod the last thing I probably should do now is talk about the Synod I’m not at, the Synod or the RCA, but oh well. The … Continue reading

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The Magnitude of Theological Change implicit in “Inclusion” Demands A More Substantive Theology

Still Mulling and Probably Won’t Stop It’s the most Synodical time of the year and young delegates eyes all turn to the question of same sex marriage. When word broke this week that Tony Campolo “came out” I knew he … Continue reading

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Links Concerning Ken Wilson’s “Letter to My Congregation”

Links to Sites discussing Ken Wilson’s A Letter to my Congregation Summary of Ken Wilson’s Argument JRD Kirk’s post on Wilson at City Church Part 2 Interview with Ken Wilson Think Theology Review Pt 1 Lots of links on ALTMC posted by … Continue reading

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Rob Bell as Gateway Drug, but in which direction?

Rob Bell is back in the news with his new marriage book and his connection with Oprah. While John Piper said “Farewell Rob Bell” another recently proclaimed him as an Uber Evangelical, emphasizing the understanding that evangelicalism is an attempt to popularize Jesus … Continue reading

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Will Natural CRC and RCA Factionalism Stall Collaboration or Can It Become A Space to Seek Revival From?

The Bible as A Record of Squabbling for the LORD A majority of the Bible is occupied by tussling between people who consciously profess allegiance to the LORD or over which the LORD lays formal claim. The LORD makes covenant with patriarchs and tries to … Continue reading

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Is There A Third Way for the Church on Same Sex Marriage?

I wrote a review of Wendy Vanderwall-Gritter’s Generous Spaciousness for the CTS Journal (not yet published). In many ways Gritter really tries to lay out a “third way” even though Al Mohler and others on both sides say it can’t be done. … Continue reading

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A transcendentalist poem vs the real thing with people

  A Friend posted this on FB. These were my thoughts.  You can find elements of this in many religions. If you look at Emerson, Muir, and others you can find very similar thoughts. The thoughts aren’t far from the … Continue reading

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Republicans, Women, Institutions and the Insufficiency of all things Attainable

Republicans and Women RR Reno at First Things and Amanda Hess at Slate have been going back and forth on a new report to Republicans on how to attract women. This debate is full of red meat for politicos on … Continue reading

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