The Culture Shock of Salvation

[This post continues the line of thought from my previous post, “When Salvation Hurts.”] Israel’s 40 years of wilderness wandering was a form of acculturation.  They had left all the familiar scenery, the familiar sights and sounds, tastes and smells.  And now they were ambling about in dust-choked hinterlands.  What they were familiar with in…

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Collin Hansen on Place and Mobility

Readers familiar with Hopeful Realism will know that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the motivations behind our travel-oriented mission jaunts (the most recent reflection is here).  To be absolutely clear, in no way do I wish to provide justification for someone to just deny a call to embark for an exciting and…

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Sneaking a Sacrament

I have seen so much beauty and wonder accompany the Eucharist.  Maybe not as much as I saw this past Sunday. With a toddler in my arms, I rose as soon as the invitation was extended and went to receive the bread and wine.  My desperation for Jesus was too intense to wait and piously…

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When Salvation Hurts

[For the IVP Authors’ Lenten Blog Tour] God’s rescue operations can feel like assault operations. At times, it is hard to distinguish between salvation and affliction. A sea was parted for my family about a year and half ago. After ten years of collecting airline mileage points in hopes of me doing a PhD program…

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So what is “American” Ecclesiology?

Earlier this week I wrote about “the Americanization of British ecclesiology.”  I was reflecting on an article from The Economist suggesting that some British evangelicals are eager to do church American-style.   Also in the news is the announcement from Rowan Williams that he will be resigning as the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The changes in the making…

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The Americanization of British Ecclesiology…?

I just read a story from Mark’s Gospel to my kids.  It was the same story they heard earlier this morning at school.  Yes, at school… at the little primary school they attend here in England.  Yes, in England… in the post-Christian society architecturally haunted by the chapels and cathedrals of bygone eras more religiously…

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