Baptism 2 – It’s importance now…

Today's culture is adrfit.  There is no longer an oppressive meta-narrative keeping everyone in check. Everything changes, and everything changes fast.  If you have to wait more than a couple of minutes for your fast food you get upset.  If the lines at the self-checkout are long you can't understand why they don't have more. People change their relationships almost as often as they do their underwear.Yeah, it's a different world. The change that has taken place has left many disillusioned, frustrated, and wondering if there is anything left that matters, that will be what it says it will be.Many of the college students that I work with are looking for stability.  They are desirous that something will deliver.  They can see through all the bull crap that's out there and so they are cynical.  Who can blame them?  Every week it sems that another "holy" man has turned out to be a pedophile or morally degenerate in some way. ...
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Baptism 1

I am on vacation in beautiful North Myrtle Beach, SC.  Today is the last day.  We leave tonight for Louisville and then on to Evansville.  I will miss the beach!!I have begun emailing with a close friend about Baptism. So, I thought I would begin my thoughts here.  This first post is rough and raw.  It's the baseline argument for infant baptism.  It's not as nuanced as I would like, but, that will come later, maybe. The point of the following posts hopefully will be to show it's importance in our culture.The basic argument from my perspective runs like this:God is a covenantal God and works out his will through the work of covenants.  The ultimate covenant being that of the new covenant in the person of Jesus.  The sign of the covenant began with Abraham as that of circumcision. This was the marker of God's covenant people and was applied to male infants at eight days old. In Christ...
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>There Are No God Forsaken Places

>The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. Mark 14:7Posted by Doug Walker on July 20th, 2008The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want.Mark 14:7The scene was a dinner party, and Jesus was the guest of honor. Everyone was reclining at the table, sharing stories and enjoying one another's company. Then a woman, perhaps an uninvited guest, approaches Jesus, and without a word breaks an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume and pours it on his head. This strange and extravagant gesture brought strong condemnation from the others around the table: "Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year's wages and the money given to the poor." And they scolded her for her foolish act and poor money management skills.Many of you are familiar with this story from Mark 14, and you might remember that...
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Why are people so mean?

So, I was reading some blogs recently, alot of them, about the missional church.  I have been surprised by how mean people are, especially those who claim to be gracious, open-minded, post-moderns. It came to a head with the debacle between Obama and Dobson.  The anger and dare I say hatred expressed by many toward both men (in missional circles predominantly at Dobson, in attractional circles predominantly Obama) was amazing.The vehemenance can also be seen in conversations that have to do with the mega-church movement. I just don't get it.I understand being frustrated with other believers who disagree with you.  It gets hard to keep on communicating the same thing over and over and people "just not get it".  I think it's sad though when there is not an open heart and open mind that goes both ways.  It seems like folks on both sides of the coin forget that they are indeed on the same coin and part of...
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Communion 2…

My friend Tim challenged me to go deeper with this.  So, I have been thinking about it for the last few days and meditating some more about why Communion is so significant right now in our time and place.I keep going back to mystery and transcendence.  So much of our world today is "real" there is no imagination.  There is no mystery.  Our movies leave nothing to the imagination when it comes to sex, violence, or anything...really. Neither do sports.  I was struck by this when I heard a caller on the local sports station talk about his experience as a boy going to his first Tiger game.  He said that when he would watch a game on TV it was black and white.  He had to imagine the grass being green, the colors of the uniforms, and the color of the stadium.  He said that when he walked through the tunnel to enter his seats for the first time...
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