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Comment on What will happen with the children of post-evangelicals? by Ryan Hubbs

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 23:03:12 +0000

It's an interesting conundrum. One thing that I've come to realize is that community is not only found (both on a personal and a moral level) within the confines of a defined church or religious community - there are and can be communities that function at this level in other areas of life. That being said the structure and regularity of a church family isn't easily replaced, and is one of the major challenges in trying to construct community outside of that paradigm. The flip side is that, depending on the church / community, that "community" can actually be a mechanism for policing and control, rather than mutual support and edification -- something designed to keep people within borders / behind walls, and often succeeding in doing so by the dual tracks of inspiring fear of the "outsider" ("The Village" by M. Shyamalan hit a lot of triggers for me) and also by instilling an unhealthy self-righteousness -- convincing the "insiders" that they are depraved, yes, but also that they are still better than the great unwashed outside the confines of the group. So... the need for community around faith / believe / love is a definite need that is going unfulfilled for a lot of post-evangelical types as well as society more broadly. But the freedom from some of the negative aspects of those types of church environments is, on balance, a good thing..

Comment on It’s a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps by Ryan Hubbs

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:56:31 +0000

It's a great clip. And so refreshing to hear someone who speaks with integrity and clarity on moral issues.. uff.

Comment on My Swedish Doppelganger by Is it the beard? –

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:36:57 +0000

[…] written before about my Swedish Doppelganger – the botanist Carl Skottsberg in his younger years, at least according to my sister-in-law. […]

Comment on Finished reading: 2018, part two by Clay

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:21:12 +0000

Loved 1Q84. Thanks for the other recommendations!

Comment on Parkland by Clay

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:37:08 +0000


Comment on The Gospel Coalition has its #MeToo moment by Randall Scheil

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:59:05 +0000

Thanks, Chris. I appreciate your comments and the link to the CT Interview with Rachel Denhollander. I must say it is disheartening to see the stance of Rachel's church toward sexually abused women and girls. Rachel is truly a hero for speaking up on behalf of the oppressed.

Comment on Positive Politics: Religious Liberty by Kim

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 20:29:55 +0000

Further - religious beliefs guide behavior... not just inside the church... in all of life. My Christian faith gives me cause to be honest, not to steal, to be kind, to care for the weak and poor... Those are expressed in all of my life, not just the time I spend in a church. Those beliefs guide business principles and how lawmakers view laws. To state that "The positive influence that Christianity can bring to this country must come from the church, not from the government " presumes that the influence of Christianity is ONLY coming from the church. Christianity's influence is in all of life. People who lead will lead in a particular way if they have particular views, as they will lead in a particular way without those views. If we had a vast sea of leaders who had the views of Harvey Weinstein what a mess things would be - because of his views on his capacity to take advantage of and pressure women, his willingness to pay for their silence and his desire to continue that practice as long as he wasn't being caught. If we instead had people in leadership/political offices/business heads who held to views that regarded people as valuable, important, and worthy of respect and protection, the outcomes of those situations would be necessarily much different. To protect the freedom of religious expression for businesses protects those businesses to be guided by their religious views and to care for their employees based on those religious views. It also protects those businesses from having to ABANDON their religious views and the expression of their religion in the public forum. Which is part of what makes American a wonderful nation. To steal those freedoms simply because you think "for-profit corporations should not receive all of these rights reserved for the people" would be not simply reducing freedom for business owners (who are in fact individuals) it would be preventing potential good for all.

Comment on Positive Politics: Religious Liberty by Kim

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:55:26 +0000

Also - you selected just a portion of the first amendment to the constitution. The remaining parts are critical - prohibiting the free exercise of religion is something the congress is NOT to be doing. As a business owner, I am entitled to exercise my religion FREELY. Congress can't tell me not to. So if I don't want to create for someone else, because my religious beliefs become involved, I have the freedom to say "I am sorry but I can't make this for you - I am sure there is some other person out there who would be happy to sell you that item/service". If Hobby Lobby does not want to provide abortions to their employees because of their religious beliefs - those employees can get access to those other ways (and there are many many ways for those employees to get contraceptions and abortions). That case wasn't about Hobby Lobby becoming richer because they weren't extending that to their employees. They simply have religious beliefs that prevent them from supporting the killing of unborn lives. Individuals are the makeup of companies. Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Comment on Positive Politics: Religious Liberty by Kim

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:15:16 +0000

This is Marxist thinking: "While corporate entities are necessary for the economy, the pattern of extending the rights of persons to corporations has a weakening effect on our democracy. When corporate entities are entitled to free political speech (spending), the richest can quickly overwhelm the political messaging arena in ways that ensure they get richer. With the Hobby Lobby case, the court allowed for corporations to exercise the religious rights of their owners. As a basic principle I would suggest that for-profit corporations should not receive all of these rights reserved for the people." That is what Marxism has to do with this.

Comment on A few thoughts on Mark Driscoll’s Resignation by 4theGreatIAM

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 18:11:59 +0000

I find this quite interesting. I don't know the details, but the letter seems quite vague. Having listened and supported "Street Talk" on the radio back in mid- to late- 90's when hosted by Lief Moi and when Mark Driscoll was just beginning with Mars Hill Church. He was young then. In my discerning spirit I find it quite disturbing to read his less than confession in a letter. I was impressed to see that Lief made what appears to be a true attempt to reconcile with others in the church. Sadly, only God knows the heart of a man, but the we can know a true believer by their repentance. Words are just words. I was married to a wolf in sheep's clothing and was deceived by his facade of repentance for many years. True repentance will display true actions to reconcile with those we have offended.