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There is the more inducement to teach clearly on the social transmission and perpetuation of sin because the ethical and religious forces can really do something to check and prevent the transmission of sin along social channels, whereas the biological transmission of original sin, except for the possible influence of eugenics, seems to be beyond our influence.

Walter Rauschenbusch, A Theology for the Social Gospel, pp.67, 68


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R.I.P “There Are”

Anyone else notice this particular pronoun-verb pairing disappearing from the American vernacular?

In related news:

A book I want to read:

Missio Dei in the Local Context

My third and final paper for my UDTS online class, Theology of Mission and Evangelism. “Evaluate your own congregation, assessing the historical, cultural, and missiological paradigms that have shaped it. Given this congregation’s context, describe the missiological challenges to becoming a missional church and what you would do to help it to become one.” There were definitely areas in my paper where I discussed how my church could become more connected to the missio Dei. However, I couldn’t write at least a few of those paragraphs without looking at my own practices as well. So, as long as we’re willing to concede that our own status of journeying toward missional faith but not quite there yet as well, we can lovingly point out tough things about our churches. So, here it is:

Theological and academic exploration of the missio Dei is an important undertaking for any seminarian or pastor. However, if missio Dei remains as an airplane in a theological or intellectual holding pattern, whose wheels never touch the ground, the time studying it would have been better spent in prayer or meditation. It does God no justice to speak of his character as a missionary God without actually obeying the marching orders He gives to his people. Where this “rubber meets the road” is where the missional church exists. While the mission efforts of First Presbyterian Church of Durango embody a smattering of the principles of the missional church, this congregation also has ample opportunities to grow into a more robust engagement of the missio Dei. Continue reading


I redid my business card.

On the new layout, there’s space for a short, concise tagline that sums up my job. I feel like there are tons of cool ways to express what I do, and so I’m looking for feedback on which one you like:

  • not all the answers, but a lot of questions
  • exploring ancient faith in a postmodern way
  • seeking out grace, beauty, and love
  • acting in faith, hope, and love
  • “a new command i give to you: love.” -Jesus
  • reach. connect. grow. discover. worship.
  • hang out. talk. discover. believe. love.
  • seeking the truth that builds and frees.
  • be with students. show them God.

Or feel free to use this as springboards and suggest changes.

For any random readers that happen upon this post, I work for a church, in youth ministry.

Feedback, anyone? Thanks.


This week I finally voted on something of significance since putting the Governator in office back in 03 (just for poops and giggles).

I didn’t know a whole lot about candidates, because we didn’t get much print info, and the local TV station ran 90% New Mexico campaign ads. But I researched the Colorado Amendments and Referenda and cast my 2 cents on those: Continue reading