Tag Archives: Lent

Why Christian obedience looks so stupid, and then again so beautiful

Over the last few weeks we’ve been talking about the relationship between the story-verse and the matter-verse. As human beings we must inhabit stories yet as we saw with Jim Carrey there is an uneasy relationship between the stories we … Continue reading

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Seeks out a church on Ash Wed. but not Sunday

RNS Christian tradition plus contemporary blender of self-expressive spirituality equals postmodern seeking Though I think and write about religion, I am not particularly devout. I can accept faith as a way of seeing. But I struggle with faith as a … Continue reading

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Lent in North America, James KA Smith

“even our self-denial is an act of self-expression. Our submission to discipline is converted to act of will power.” http://forsclavigera.blogspot.ca/2016/02/an-american-lent.html In a more robustly communal practice of the faith, my self-denial is not up to me. The practices of fasting … Continue reading

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Warning Note to Culture Warriors and Nationalists. Jesus says and does stuff that make all sides want to kill him.

Imagine you heard of a man who had raised someone from the dead. Imagine you could find proof of it in the man he raised. What would you do?  John 12:9–11 (NET) 9 Now a large crowd of Judeans learned … Continue reading

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Why is a Decaying Windmill Glorious and a Cell Tower an Eye-sore?

Attention Shoppers!  CS Lewis as he so often does perfectly captures our assumptions about how we think God should work in our world. We, with our modern democratic and arithmetical presuppositions would so have liked and expected all men to … Continue reading

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How Will Humanity Receive Eternal Life?

The leading project of the Scientific Revolution is to give humankind eternal life. In his book Sapiens, a Brief History of Humankind historian Yuval Harari lays out what he calls “the Giglamesh Project”. Just as in the ancient epic poem the … Continue reading

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Why Religious Hopes Are So Corrupt and how Jesus Approaches the Dilemma

Three Approaches to a Hard World Most people I know and meet tend to fall into three groups when it comes to finding hope for the world: Religious Hope: If this world’s great mess is going to be resolved it will … Continue reading

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