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Halloween and Christian Roots

Halloween is an interesting time. It has roots being from a Celtic holiday. It is most known for children dressing up in silly, overpriced costumes and consuming candy. For adults, it is a time celebrating the spooky things. We love a good scary story and will tell tales of vampires, ghosts, mummies, and werewolves. However, we have a history of this night in our Christian roots. First, a detour about Christmas: Christmas and Halloween have a similar tale to tell. Christmas has really one big holy day but has traditionally had a vigil service. A time the night before a holy day in preparation for the actual holy day. Growing up, I felt Christmas Eve was always a more significant day. Santa c

Following King Jesus: A Reflection on the First Section

This year we are going to be journeying through the book, Following King Jesus by Scot McKnight and Becky Castle Miller. The book itself works through the McKnight's books King Jesus Gospel, The Blue Parakeet, One Life, and A Fellowship of Differents. The purpose of the book is to focus on following Jesus as a disciple. It can be done individually or in a group setting. Having walked through the first section of the book focusing on the King Jesus Gospel, I have been reflecting on the experience as a whole. The section is very challenging to the status quo I feel of how we view the good news of Jesus. The section puts the focus of the good news of Jesus. I feel the strength of the book so fa

Gospeling Culture

This year we are going to be journeying through the book, Following King Jesus by Scot McKnight and Becky Castle Miller. The book itself works through the McKnight's books King Jesus Gospel, The Blue Parakeet, One Life, and A Fellowship of Differents. The purpose of the book is to focus on following Jesus as a disciple. It can be done individually or in a group setting. This chapter has been great. Our final chapter in the section addresses the idea of creating a gospel culture. I love the big wrestling question of, "what is my relationship to the God of the Bible?" There is a line that is important in McKnight's readings that says, "the gospel is that the Story of Israel comes to its defin

Theology and the X-Men

For anyone not reading Marvel Comics House of X and Powers of X, I urge you to go and read them. This week marks the end of the books and the series. The author Johnathan Hickman is taking the merry band of mutants to a whole new level. The story telling is complex, but beautiful as it is coming together. I have not read the end of the series Powers of X #6, but I am sure it will be explosive, amazing, and breath taking. So why I am writing about the X-Men on a Christian blog? The simple answer is theology. As I have read through the storyline of Hickman's work, it is asking big questions. Many of the themes are bringing up theological discussions. The books are pushing the boundaries and wh

All or Nothing: Pondering active role of Humanity

This will be a shorter blog. It is something I have been pondering, but cannot put words and images too yet. So maybe you can all help me. Genesis 1 tells a story of God seeking to partner with humanity to rule creation. In Genesis 3, we are often told that the rebellion of humanity was seeking to be the ruler rather than partners with God. I feel like there is another side to this idea in today's culture. Instead of wanting to rule instead of God, we find another behavior of wanting God to rule and not wanting to be partners. We want God to do it all. The current idea is that humanity wants to receive the blessing, but not live it out. I am thinking that maybe there is an overemphasizing of

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