"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

Jeremiah Lawson

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The Wind Rises, don’t bring the kids

not unless they’ve shown themselves able to handle Grave of the Fireflies, anyway.

point noted, Jason. :)

though my reservations about the essential uselessness of twitter as a platform through which to provide a substantial critique of any position on any subject does not change.  :) Without a person and a historical and cultural context in which a tweet might be made a tweet is just a tweet and I have a […]

i.e. nobody who would actually TWEET a sentiment like that has truly repudiated the allegedly perceived problem in conventional sermons that is supposedly being repudiated.    If it were the culmination of 20,000 words in some blogging format explaining how and why the contemporary sermon as some guy bloviating on various things besides the biblical text […]

I distrust the hubris of anyone who would tweet such a silly idea more than I distrust the custom of the sermon. I’ve seen people who at one point promoted a more “Midrash” approach to things go so far the other way that the people committed to the traditional sermon as something that can be […]

not sure I’ll watch the Simpsons episode but I definitely plan to watch The Wind Rises. I still watch South Park now and again. The episode “The Hobbit” was a fun episode and it’s nice to see they’ve finally decided to make fun of Game of Thrones.

Brian, my experience over the last decade is that small groups are a mixed bag. Better-than-average ones are not beholden to summarizing anything in particular or a sermon series. The most awkward perfunctory ones were the ones that a leader felt needed to stay on task and the most lively ones were ones bound together […]

well, merry Christmas to all, assuming that both Eastern and Western rite calendars are aligned this year.

I thought he’s been more prone to saying he’s a prophet these days. And hats off to former BHT fellow Jared for saying what he said how he said it.

Somehow in the transition from Mark Driscoll to Frank Schaeffer I feel like the subject of conversation didn’t really change. It was such an effortless and vaguely disturbing transition. :)  

Justin, yeah … could say a few things but don’t feel like it. It wasn’t a huge shock to see Ingrid’s name pop up at some point in the recent fracas.