"Seek out the society of your boon companions, drink, play, talk bawdy, and amuse yourself. One must sometimes commit a sin out of hate and contempt for the Devil, so as not to give him the chance to make one scrupulous over mere nothings…" –Luther

Jason Blair

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I was born in the early 70s, came of age in the 80s, learned some vocational stuff and started working in the 90s, and began learning new stuff in the late 00s. I was raised in the United Methodist Church, where I was baptized and confirmed. After that, I gave God hardly a second thought. In the later half of college, God chased me down and reconciled me to himself through his son, Jesus. I was evangelized by a fundamentalist, and discipled in the Evangelical Free church, where I serve to this day. During that time, I got baptized again (which if you asked me about it today, I would say was unnecessary). I was taught the typical "ask Jesus into your heart" evangelicalism, with all the culture war, moralist, pre-mil-dispy accessories. I became a fan of CCM (which in the 90s was pretty cool, but today is a steaming pile of ...), and was fortunately introduced to the Cornerstone Festival, which may lie at the beginning of my understanding that there's a whole lot more to Christianity than the evangelical wasteland. I'm a network administrator (computer geek) by trade. That makes me a Slashdot reader from way back. It was there that I noticed a tag line at the end of someone's post (probably PWinn or Kurt, but I honestly don't know) that lead me to this site called the BHT. After getting used to the layout and the stream of converstaion, I was hooked. It also confirmed my suspicions that not all was well in the evangelical world. It was about this time that I was getting into the emerging church conversation, and serving the one thing our church did along those lines. Tapping into the iMonk site, and getting into Robert Webber has since broadened my Christian experience to the point that I accept that my theological home lies somewhere between an evangelicalism that hasn't gone off the rails and the Anglicans. In other words, I'm a theological mutt, and I have no one spiritual home, save that of Christ himself. Other than that, I'm a seminary student (Baptist, if you must know: Bethel Seminary in Saint Paul, MN) aspiring to pastoral service, a musician (guitar and sax, mostly rock/blues, but I'll try almost anything once), a martial artist (taekwondo plus a few other goodies). More importantly, I'm a husband to the coolest chick on the planet who I don't deserve, and the dad to two amazing little girls we adopted in the late fall of 2009. Most importantly, I belong to Jesus Christ, and I want nothing for this life but to love him, and in him to love others.

I’m glad y’all are talking about the whole World Vision thing. I haven’t posted this anywhere else yet, and was considering putting it out on FB/G+. I’m unsettled, though. It’ll provoke a reaction, but will it make anyone think? That’s a lot to ask from today’s social media. I’ll sit on it for a while […]

Given the recent news out of the UMC about the decision not to go after the (retired?) minister who officiated the wedding of his gay son, I thought it was fairly gutsy for Adam Hamilton to make a public blog statement, regardless what one may think of it. I have my own thoughts on what […]

I call BS (a little bit). “Post-evangelical” has become a non-word like “missional” since people make it out to be whatever they want. It stands in as a descriptor for what people become when the broken part of evangelicalism becomes too much to bear. That doesn’t mean, however, that one will necessarily gravitate toward mainlines, […]

Of course, that’s just the thing about Twitter, too. For brevity’s sake, it’s impossible in this case to tell if someone is speaking out of hubris, or looking at problems with the way sermons are handled in some quarters, short of spending an evening with the writer of the original statement over a meal. Or, […]

So this went out on twitter a few days back: “There is a long-held assumption that sermon = didactic monologue by one “authorized” leader. That assumption needs to die.” Like many twitter comments, there is much unstated that lies behind. That said, play with the idea a little. What do you think?

What if I was gonna email ya for a hug? [sad face]

Has anyone managed to stomach the Ham/Nye “debate” yet?

Eek. You are, of course, correct, Matthew. This is why it’s not a good idea to think Greek off the top of one’s head. Adelphoi is more likely to mean just brothers if Jesus is speaking to our about the disciples. I’d still opt contextually for “brothers and sisters” when referring to disciples generally. It’s […]

The most formal equivalent translation of anthropoi is brothers, but without getting into the whole liberal/conservative theological debate, there is a good case for contextually translating that as brothers and sisters. Of course, which seminary prof or translator to believe is its own issue… Also, as much as I hate buying a book twice, I […]

I haven’t watched The Simpsons in forever, but I’d love to see the Miyazaki homage. Spirited Away is still my favorite movie of all time.